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Skoda Kodiaq
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Customer Rating
: 4/5
Expert Rating
: 6/10
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Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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34.5 Lakhs-34.5 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish Demeanour
  • High Practicality
  • Value For Money 
  • Good Ride 
     

Weak Areas

  • No Petrol Option
  • No Manual
  • Pricey Variant 
  • Limited Choice
     
Skoda Kodiaq
 

Skoda Kodiaq Review, Road Test Review

Skoda has now pinned its hopes of revival on the Kodiaq which offers menacing look of an SUV with elegance of a premium saloon. We find out how good it actually comes out to be?  


Skoda Kodiaq Road Test Review

Skoda kodiaq is an SUV which offers best of both Worlds. On the one hand, you will get big brawny machine capable of taking anything that is thrown on it and on the other, it does all the work with so much ease and effortlessness that for most of the time you won't feel the effort that goes into driving a SUVs. And this is the unique selling proposition of this new Skoda. It almost does all the work that the Ford Endeavour or Toyota Fortuner can do without feeling bulky like any of them. We get behind the wheels to find out what else Skoda offers on this uniquely built and sophisticatedly designed SUV. 
DESIGN


          Skoda Kodiaq
                                                                         Sophisticated design 

Skoda has designed Kodiaq in a very sophisticated manner and it is very clear the way use of sharp creases, shadow lines, and tight skinning come together resulting in a car which has a lot of road presence but in a manner which is not the meaning. Especially the way designers have a balanced out the proportions of the car and try to negotiate the width and the height with the long wheelbase is absolutely stunning. There is no hint of bulkiness and credit must be given to Skoda for conceiving and actually designing such a sophisticated SUV among the big and bulky propositions like Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The butterfly grill up front, LED headlamps and tail lamps, and massive alloy wheels sitting under the squared wheel arches are interesting bits in the overall design. No doubt Skoda Kodiaq is handsome looking SUV which will get your attention.


INTERIORSIN

Inside the cabin, the quality and finishing job is just impeccable and it is hard to find any panel gap anywhere in the car. Both front seats are electrically operated and come with the memory setting and thanks to the use of flat dashboard and large windscreen, outside view is absolutely commanding.


         Spacious and quality interiors
                                                Spacious and quality interiors

What also help in finding the ideal driving position is the generous range of driver seat height adjustment. The kodiaq has three rows of seating with ample amount of space for the second bench however like all other SUVs the third row of seat is best suitable for the children. Any adult will grudge being on the third bench for the long journey although short Journeys won't invoke any sharp reactions. 

The car is loaded with gadgetry and equipment and you can easily get the idea that many of the bits are shared with the Skoda Octavia. Touchscreen infotainment system can play a number of media formats and also provide the connectivity for apple carplay and Android auto besides offering the satellite-guided navigation system. Canton sound system is the music to the ears and thanks to the large sunroof, the space feeling inside the cabin just gets complimented. Even with all the three rows up, there is the handsome amount of luggage space available which can be what is enhanced by tumbling down 3rd and 2nd row seats.


PERFORMANCE

Skoda kodiaq comes powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine capable of putting out 150 PS of Max powers along with 340 Nm of max torque. The engine is white refined and thanks to the Clever engineering of Skoda which restricts the weight of Kodiaq under 1.9 tons, the performance figures are good enough to put forward solid show on the road.


          2.0-liter TDI turbocharged engine
                                                          2.0-liter TDI turbocharged engine

There is no lack of grunt even in the lower Revolution range which essentially means that city driving is not going to be hectic in this Skoda. Even out on the highway, the 7- speed dual shift gearbox (DSG) is very well mated with the tuning characteristics of the engine and offers smooth and comfortable cruising experience. We are really surprised by the feedback of the steering unit which is one of the best in the business. At low speeds, the steering unit weights up nicely and as the whack increases, it still gives you ample feedback to assist.


RIDE AND HANDLING

Skoda has comprehensively studied the Indian roads and tuned the suspension of kodiaq in a manner which suits the Indian conditions. Clearly, ride quality has been given preference over the handling which is not a bad thing. Even at the slow speeds, there is hardly any undulation which is filtered inside the cabin and overall riding experience is very good in the kodiaq. That's not to say that the handling is bad and despite being a long car, kodiaq is able to maintain its calm and composure even on the winding sections given you do not Rush through the corners. As long as, you are gentle with the throttle dabs, kodiaq will give you no reason for the complaint. 


           Kodiaq offers excellent ride and handling
                                                       Kodiaq offers excellent ride and handling 


FEATURES AND EQUIPMENT 

Skoda has generously equipped the kodiaq with equipment and features. There are total of 9 airbags to offer in packable safety to the occupants, 18-inch alloy wheels, 3-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry with start-stop button, electrically adjustable foldable and heated outside rear view Mirrors, panoramic sunroof, adaptive front light system, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, canton sound system, and the list just goes on.

VERDICT

At a price of Rs 34.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Skoda kodiaq is pricier than its rivals which could go against its sales prospects. Pricing aside, the all-new Skoda kodiaq is an all-rounder, offering impeccable styling, flawless quality, powerful performance, and one of the safest cabins around in the business. It also comes with the thoughtful touches which certainly enhance the practicality and overall usability of the car. As a package, Skoda kodiaq ticks all the right boxes and we have no hesitation in recommending you to buy one if you are not much concerned with the money part.

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