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Skoda Kodiaq
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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 available in 1 variant

4 october 2017 Czech Republic manufacturer Skoda has launched Kodiaq SUV in India in Single Style Trim Rs 34.49 lakh (ex-showroom, All India).  Under the hood, Skoda has thrown single option of2.0-liter diesel engine diesel engine capable of putting out 150 PS and 340 Nm of raw performance. The engine is mated to the seven-speed DSG gearbox which channelizes the power to all the four wheels of the car. The Kodiaq is the important launch for the Czech car maker as the fortunes of the company is dwindling for a long time and it really need some good business propositions to strike a chord with customers. Kodiaq has got the ability and its 3-seat offering is something that SUV owner’s value in our country. New Kodiaq measures 4.7 meters from head to toe which is not a very large preposition especially when you consider it in the face of competition like Ford Endeavour which stretches 4.8 meters. Still the focus of the Czech manufacturers is to provide high practicality and liberating maximum room inside the car without unnecessarily stretching the dimensions. Boot space is standard 720-liter with the third row folded down and this capacity increases to humongous 2065-liter when both middle and last row is tumbled down. Undoubtedly, these figures are best in class and even with some of the higher class offerings in sheer space and room. 

After bringing the exciting Octavia RS to the market, Skoda has now launched the Kodiaq that was first showcased in September 2016 at the Paris Motor Show.  It is a 7-seater SUV and will be the flagship model for the company in India. The Kodiaq is built on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform shared with Tiguan.

Under the hood lies a new version of the same 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder TDI engine that is also used for Skoda Octavia and Superb. For the Kodiaq it generates 148 BHP at 3500-4000 rpm and 340 Nm torque 1750-3000 rpm. It is mated to 7 speed DSG and has a claimed fuel economy of 16.25 km/litre. There is no petrol option for now and this diesel model comes with 4WD. In fact this is only a one model, one trim car as launched in India. In the global markets the Kodiaq also comes with 1.4 litre and 2.0 litre TSI petrol engines.

Positioned above the Superb, the Kodiaq now tops the list of Skoda’s cars in India. It looks grand with the crystalline design touches that the makers have given it. And even though it is a full-fledged SUV with a length, width, height of 4697 mm, 1882 mm, 1676 mm respectively, its compactness looks evident.

Upfront, the styling comprises Skoda’s signature design elements. The butterfly grille bordered by chrome is a standard unit for the Czech company’s line-up. The stretched back sleek all LED headlamps also add flair to the front look. Placed higher up the bumper than usual the fog lamps have an unconventional design. And the hump on the bonnet is prominent enhancing the muscular feel of Kodiaq.

The squarish wheel arches are bordered by black plastic cladding. They take in 18 inch alloy wheels although the international versions of Kodiaq get 19 inchers. The window frames are lined by chrome. Sharp crease lines running above the door handles also give a lot of character to the SUV. Indeed the detailing all around speaks of brawniness and there are hardly any soft curves. The roof rails are prominent.

At the rear you will see big tail lamps tapering onto the centre of the tailgate. They have LEDs in the shape of signature C patterned design. The recessed tailgate and broad black bumper complete the look of the grand Kodiaq.

There is a range of equipment and special features to impress the prospective buyers. In addition to having all LED based lighting elements, the crystalline front LED lights of this SUV also have auto-function leveller. What it means is that with high beam on the headlights, the drivers of oncoming vehicles will not be dazzled by bright lights. The LED fog lamps have a cornering function which is another practical feature.

The cabin is a familiar place for those who have been inside other Skoda cars. It exudes a premium feel with the black and beige colour combination. The steering wheel and its stalks, knobs, window switches and the AC controls are shared with Skoda Superb. There is plenty of glass area around giving the cabin a bright and airy feel.

A unique feature in Kodiaq’s cabin is a thick slab of inlay that runs across the dashboard and opens as an additional storage compartment right above the usual glove box. While it looks nice, the touch is somewhat plasticky. An extra storage section is given below the steering wheels. And there is a generous sprinkling of cubby holes at different places to keep your knick knacks. Front door pockets have space to keep umbrellas.

Another element that catches attention is the 8 inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system. It is compatible with all kinds of smartphone operating systems. It comes with Boss Connect through Skoda Media Command App and SmartLink. There are 10 speakers with the Canton Sound System.

Kodiaq has three zone climate-control with separate temperature control settings for the rear seat occupants. There is a nifty feature presented as a sleep package – the two seats in the second row have flaps that can be deployed from either side of the headrest and a couple of blankets are also provided. This is for the comfort of rear seat passengers who wish to catch 40 winks on a journey. Good for the chauffeur driven! Also, there is a detachable torch in the boot and the panoramic sunroof is 85% translucent. And it gets plastic safety slabs that pop out to protect the door edges when doors are opened and then slip back into the surface. 

As for the seating comfort, the Kodiaq has well bolstered seats on its 2791 mm long wheelbase. There is adequate legroom and headroom for all occupants. Passengers on the second row have more than adequate knee room and these seats can be moved forward and backward by 180 mm. Access to the third row of seats is not very smooth because middle row’s backrest does not fold down fully forward. That said, this last row has adequate legroom and can be used for adults at least for short distance commuting. With all seats up the boot has 270 litres of storage space. Both third and second rows can be configured to create more are for cargo.

The Kodiaq is available in Moon White, Lava Blue, Black Magic and Quartz Grey colours. There is a host of accessories in the form of all weather floor mats, a mat for centre tunnel, USB cable for smartphones and door bin panel to collect trash such as snack wrappers and disposable containers. By providing this SUV in only one engine, one variant option, Skoda makes it clear that it is for a limited segment at least for now. With an on-road pricing of more than 35 lakh, it may not draw much attention especially because there are cheaper options available. The success of this Kodiaq will be a deciding factor for the petrol models that are on sale in other markets. Look out for the test drive report in our Expert Review section for more details on this new player of the UV zone. 


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Key Features
  • 9-Airbags
  • Leather Wrapped Steering And Seats 
  • 12-Way Electrical Adjustable Seats
  • 3-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Keyless Entry/Exit With Stop/Start Button
  • Led Headlamps With Washers
  • Electrically Controlled Boot Button
  • Parking Sensors With Assist Function 
     

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