Skoda Kodiaq
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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 Expert Review

Skoda Kodiaq has been launched with just one variant that carries all the desirable features in its spacious cabin. This SUV is powered by a 2.0 litre diesel engine mated to 7-speed DSG. It churns out 148 bhp and 340 Nm torque.



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With the worsening traffic conditions and preference for brawnier vehicles, having an SUV in their line- up has become necessary for all carmakers in India. Skoda had been surviving on the sale of its sedans in this part of the world. Its bread and butter models have been the Rapid, Octavia and Superb. While the company did try venturing into the hatchback (with Fabia) and UV (with Yeti) segment, it could not do well in these zones.

         Skoda Kodiaq

The SUV sales continue to shoot through the roof and Skoda has now made another attempt to enter this segment of the market by bringing the Kodiaq. It is the production version of VisionS concept and made its international debut at the Paris Motor Show in 2016.

The Kodiaq has come only in one model. Also, instead of offering both petrol and diesel engine options in multiple trims, Skoda has offered only one variant called Style. It claims that majority of the buyers in this price segment will only opt for the top end variant and that’s partially correct. Records show that Superb and Octavia see highest demand for their top-end trims. 
The Czech carmaker will be assembling Kodiaq at its Shendra plant in Maharashtra. Although this UV comes on a CKD basis, it will be priced higher than its rivals in the segment. Skoda expects the Kodiaq to do well in India and is focusing on profits instead of recording huge initial sales through a lower price.

The competition too is limited. The leading Toyota Fortuner and then Ford Endeavour will compete with Kodiaq in the market. Both of them are hefty SUVs with conventional ladder on frame chassis. They do have full-fledged 4 by 4 set up for rough terrains.

Kodiaq on the other hand with its monocoque body will offer a car-like experience. It is a 7 seater and also gets AWD but the driving feel will be similar to that of a car. We also hear that Skoda may launch its smaller UV – Karoq, a five-seater in India in near future. 

The 2-litre diesel engine of Kodiaq is coupled with 7-speed DSG gearbox. There is an on-demand AWD too. The engine generates 148 bhp at 3500-4000 rpm and 340 Nm of torque at 1750 -3000 rpm. 

This SUV is underpinned by Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix platform commonly known as the MQB. VW’s Tiguan, Audi A3, Skoda Superb and Octavia are also based on the same platform. 

Let’s look further into the looks, cabin attributes and performance of the new Skoda Kodiaq.

The External Impression

Skoda’s cars are considered better looking than their VW cousins. The same holds true for Kodiaq. Viewed from the front, it appears classy and simple. Chrome has been used around the butterfly grille but it does not make the vehicle look flashy.

         Kodiq Full LED Headlamps


The SUV has full LED headlights with daytime running lights. The DRLs also play the role of side turn indicators when needed. Although the headlamp cluster is narrow, the lights are long enough and stretch back towards the fender. 

LED fog lamps have been positioned right below the headlamps instead of the lower bumper. This is not a common design aspect in modern cars. Also, the grille and headlamps are well integrated. On the bumper, you will see a split air dam that has air intakes only in the centre. It’s a faux design on the sides. 

On the hood the four creases create a prominent hump. The Skoda logo above the grille also looks nice. 

Kodiaq measures 4697 mm in length  and has a wheelbase of 2791 mm. It is 1882 mm in width and 1676 mm tall. The unladen ground clearance is 140 mm. It uses 18 inch multi-spoke alloys with 235/55 tyres. These are self-sealing tyres wherein the liquid sealant can take care of punctures and it decreases the issues of punctures while driving. You do need to remember that replacing 18 inch tyres will be a costly affair. Also, they are more suitable for sporty than comfortable drives. More on this factor in our ride and handling section.  It should be mentioned here that the wheel-tyre combination fills up the wheel well nicely. 

         Skoda Kodiaq LED Head Lights


The wing mirrors have integrated turn signals and are power adjustable and foldable. Also, they fold / unfold automatically when the Kodiaq is locked/ unlocked. 

Request sensors are placed on the slim, soft door hands for both driver and front passenger doors. This SUV has huge glass area. Its B and C pillars are blacked out and there is thin chrome lining around the windows. A panoramic sunroof has been provided and shark fin antenna is placed at the end of roof. The roof slants towards the rear of Kodiaq quite deeply and that gives the SUV a squat stance. 

At the rear the LED tail lamps get lot of detailing. You will observe crystalline design features in them. The Skoda badge is placed on the left and Kodiaq on the right. Indian version is 4x4 as standard. A lower priced FWD version may come later. 

The rear windscreen washer is integrated with the high mount stop lamp (HMSL) and the wiper on this windscreen has a nice sweep. The parking camera is positioned right above the number plate near the electromagnetic tailgate release. 

            Skoda Kodiaq Boot Space


On the bottom of the bumper are 2 safety reflectors and bridging the gap between them is a plastic trim with the same honeycomb design pattern as on the front bumper. The lower part of the bumper gets a shape like diffuser and houses 6 parking sensors. 

Twin exhaust tips are not visible unless you bend down to check them. They point downwards. 

The Interior Story 

The front doors open in a three-stage action and they shut with reassuring thud of European cars. Ingress and egress are easy and you don’t really need to climb on to the Kodiaq.

In the cabin you will be welcomed by dual tone black and beige ambience. The light beige colour along with ample glasshouse area makes for an airy cabin. To make the interior different from that of its sedans Skoda gave a vertical layout to the dashboard. The upright placing of AC vents gives the dash a tall look. There are black veneers for a classy finish. 

         Skoda Kodiaq Dashboard

Most of the materials are soft touch adding to the luxury quotient of the car. This cabin looks and feels better than that of Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.  

Kodiaq is well-loaded with equipment. The electrically adjustable front seats have memory presets. There are ten colour options with the ambient lighting. Three-zone climate control cools the cabin efficiently. Other features include automatic headlamps, automatic wipers and an eight inch touchscreen with 10 speakers. It does have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 

The ergonomics are good. The well placed buttons for different operations can be easily reached from the seating positions. Buttons are also smooth to operate and feel sturdy. That said, the start-stop button is rather awkwardly positioned and will take some time getting used to. 

Kodiaq’s front seats have beige leather upholstery. They are well bolstered on periphery and cushioning is on firm. These seats offer good back support and under thigh support is also adequate. The seats are 12 way adjustable with 3 memory settings. Fore and aft travel range is healthy. 

Rear part of cabin 

The rear doors also open in three stage action and they allow for easy ingress and egress. The bench seat splits in ratio of 40:20:40 and it can accommodate three adults with ease. Although the middle seat occupant will get tad shorter seat base than other two, headrests and 3-point seatbelts are given for all.


Legroom is enough even with the front seats pushed way back. The bolstering on sides is not as thick as in front but is good enough for support. Centre armrest is wide, can be used by two people and has cup holders.

The third row of seats will be a crucial selling advantage for Skoda Kodiaq and can give it advantage over Tucson and Tiguan. It is however suitable for children only. Getting on to this part of the cabin is also a tricky affair. The middle seats can only bend forward up to an angle of 45 degrees and don’t tumble fully as in Fortuner. But the backrest can be folded flat down to create a little more gap for access to the third row. The kids will not mind jumping back but this is not comfortable for adults. 

While the last row seats are not as soft as the front ones, they are not uncomfortable either. The two seats also get big, adjustable headrests. The back angle is rather upright and headroom enough just for kids. Some legroom can be freed up by pushing forward the middle seats. The rear quarter glass brings in plenty of light. There is LED cabin lamp for both second and third row. 


There is voluminous storage space even with the third row of seats in upright position. And by pushing the third row seats down the boot space goes up to 630 litres. 

Luggage can be easily loaded on to this boot from outside because the loading lip is negligible and opening is not high. A nifty element is the honeycomb plastic belt given to prevent damage to body coloured bumper. 

Engine, Transmission and Performance

Kodiaq gets a 2.0 litre TDI engine mated to 7-speed DSG transmission. The on-demand 4WD system is standard because there is only a single trim. 

Placing your right foot on the brake pedal, press the start/stop switch to start the engine of this automatic SUV. The NVH level is well under control. Even though the typical diesel clatter can be heard, it is not loud. The noise is not at all intrusive at low revs. It does get more audible post 3000 rpm. The vibrations however stay in check. 

          Skoda Kodiaq Diesel Engine

Driving in the city is easy with the zesty nature of this engine. Considering at the kerb weight it carries, the Kodiaq does move briskly. 

The smooth nature of the DSG gearbox makes commuting in the city an effortless job. You may feel a tinge of DSG lag on pressing the A-pedal till this big car picks up pace but that is not really noticeable due to good throttle response.  Soon enough, the engine starts responding to lightest of accelerator inputs. On the whole the power delivery is linear in nature and gearbox eagerly upshifts while driving with a light foot in the city. 

We also liked the paired working of engine and transmission in stop and go traffic. The gearbox does not downshift very frequently in city situations with light or medium throttle inputs. The Kodiaq can pull away in most of such conditions.  Its city drive behaviour is better than that of Fortuner and Endeavour. 

On the highways, this car is a praiseworthy mile muncher. The engine is capable of revving at just 1625 mm when the speed touches 100 km/hour. Kodiaq also feels relaxed on open roads. It can overtake slow moving vehicles effortlessly. The gearbox downshifts willingly. Mid-range is strong and there’s adequate torque for unplanned overtaking endeavours.



As in most other Volkswagen DSG units, there is an S mode in this gearbox too. It modifies the shift points of the transmission because of which the gearshifts become more aggressive. The Normal mode is the default mode to use in the city. The Eco mode decreases the performance of the AC and makes the SUV more fuel efficient. The throttle response becomes dull here and difference is noticeable. 

The 4WD system in Kodiaq comprises an electronically regulated multi-plate clutch. Like other on-demand AWD systems, the power is sent only to the front wheels under normal conditions. When there is a need for extra traction, the required torque is transmitted to the rear wheels. The system can check which of the wheels has maximum traction and can transmit torque to it. If wheels lose traction on slippery roads, the system can apply brakes on that wheel and send out the residual power to other wheels.


Although the Kodiaq is not efficient an off-roader as the Endeavour and Fortuner, it can certainly help you to travel to most countryside lands with unpaved tarmac. 

The ARAI fuel efficiency rating is 16.25 km / litre.

Ride and Handling 

Skoda Kodiaq gets McPherson struts for its front axle and multi-link set up for the rear. At the rear it is actually a 4-link axle to separately absorb longitudinal and transverse forces. On the whole the ride quality is compliant but at low speed it is not really plush. The underlying firmness is felt on sharp undulations and broken tarmac. 

On the open roads this SUV does well in terms of ride quality but again, it does not even set benchmarks in its segment. The good thing is that for most of the time it rides flat which is better than bouncy ride of some of its rivals. However, the bigger bumps are felt by the cabin occupants. 

When it comes to handling, the Kodiaq behaves quite like car. This is because of its monocoque body as against the body-on-frame construction of Fortuner and Endeavour. The tyres also offer good grip to this 7-seater UV. It can manage to hold on to its line through twisty roads and does not get unstable. Some body- roll is evident but looking at the weight and dimensions of Kodiaq this is not unsettling. 

The electric power steering is light to operate in city and at parking speeds but does weigh up with speed. It is precise but feedback is not to the liking of enthusiasts. The turning radius is 6.1 meter which is more than that of both Endeavour and Fortuner. 

With discs on all wheels, braking duties are handled well. The ventilated discs for front get single piston floating calliper. Kodiaq’s stopping capability is praise worthy. 


Kodiaq is a premium SUV with fresh styling, solid European build and a well-furnished spacious cabin. Its 2.0 litre diesel engine enables a satisfying performance and the 7 speed DSG makes for effortless driving. Ride and handling qualities are balanced. For safety there are 7 airbags and a range of electronic aids. 

Where Skoda did go wrong however is pricing. At an ex-showroom (Delhi) price of Rs 34.50 lakh, this SUV is overpriced by at least Rs 5 lakhs and this is where it may lose to Tiguan and Fortuner. Furthermore, there is just one variant and no manual transmission option. 

If you do not mind the price and weak service network of Skoda but need a luxurious and well-loaded UV with ease of driving, the Kodiaq on the whole will be a good choice. 

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