SKODA Kodiaq: the bold new SUV that is still typically SKODA
The SKODA Kodiaq breaks new ground, yet is still unmistakably SKODA. A confident, dynamic SUV that combines muscular lines and sporty proportions, the Kodiaq is nevertheless the most spacious SUVs in its segment, and boasts practicality, ease-of-use and value for money that are typical of the SKODA brand. Combining an active sense of dynamism with SKODA’s classic qualities – well thought-out functionality and superior interior space – the Kodiaq is an emotive SUV with practicality instilled throughout.
With its wide, three-dimensional radiator grille, narrow, raked headlights – which are available with full-LED technology for the first time on a SKODA – and distinctive interplay of elegant lines and sporty contours, the Kodiaq enjoys a striking presence that is distinctive, dynamic and daring. Named after the Kodiak bears of the island just south of Alaska, the SUV reflects those animals’ characteristics with muscular lines that epitomise robust strength. Yet it is still instantly recognisably as a SKODA.
Also typical of the SKODA brand is the Kodiaq’s outstanding level of practicality. Despite being just 40mm longer than an Octavia, the Kodiaq boasts more interior space than any SUV rival. Boot capacity is 720 litres with the rear seats up and a positively gargantuan 2,065 litres with them folded down, the largest in the class. And, for the first time ever, SKODA will offer a seven-seat option, while the rear seats can be folded 60:40 and slid lengthways by 18cm, and the angle of the backrest is individually adjustable. With the front passenger seat down, the car can transport items up to 2.9 metres in length. All in all, the Kodiaq provides more than 30 Simply Clever features, seven of which are new, including automatically deploying door-edge protection.
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The crisp exterior design carries on into the interior, and the high-quality workmanship and logical, easy-to-understand operation is typical SKODA. The cabin is high on luxury, too. As an option the front seats can be heated, ventilated and electronically adjusted; the latter control also includes a memory function. A fabric/leather combination and leather or alcantara trims are offered, and optional ambient lighting can add an individual touch to the interior and be set to ten different colours.
The Kodiaq is at the top end of the segment when it comes to technology, presenting innovative mobile online services, navigation, information and entertainment. SKODA Connect mobile online services are a good example. They are divided into two categories: the Infotainment Online services ensure more information and navigation in real time, and the Care Connect services provide remote access as well as assistance. The music and infotainment systems in the Kodiaq offer state-of-the-art functions and interfaces, and feature capacitive touch displays in a glass design. Three specifications of system are offered, with a choice of 6.5” or 8" screen, along with a Canton Sound System upgrade and a Phonebox option, which charges a smartphone and connects it to the car aerial wirelessly.
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The latest driver assistance systems ensure improved safety and comfort. Area View, using surround-view cameras with wide-angle lenses at the front and the rear as well as in the wing mirrors, displays various views of the car’s immediate surroundings on the in-car monitor. These include a virtual top-down view and 180-degree pictures from the areas to the front and rear. Tow Assist is also new to the range: when towing, the system takes over steering when reversing slowly. Additionally, while reversing, the new Manoeuvre Assist will brake as soon as an obstacle is detected behind the vehicle. Front Assist including City Emergency Brake comes as standard and Driver Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and Crew Protect Assist are just some of the other safety features of the Kodiaq.
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The range of powerful, highly efficient engines available for the Kodiaq consist of two TDIs and three TSIs. 150PS and 190PS diesels are capable of up to 56.5mpg combined and 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds, while the petrols range from the 125PS and 150PS 1.4 TSI to the 180PS 2.0 TSI, with up to 47.1mpg combined possible. A range of transmission options is available: a six-speed manual, as well as six and seven speed DSG automatics, while front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive systems are offered, the latter coming with an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch to help the large SUV negotiate any type of road condition. Performance, economy and handling are all greatly enhanced by the Kodiaq’s modular transverse matrix chassis, which implements a strict lightweight construction for an outstandingly low weight.
Driving Mode Select is available, allowing the driver to adjust the operation of the engine and DSG management, power steering, air conditioning and other systems for Normal, Eco, Sport and Individual modes. The all-wheel-drive version also offers a Snow mode and Off-road mode with hill descent functionality. Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) is available as an option, and is integrated into Driving Mode Select.