MHH International Investigates The New & Powerful Skoda Kodiaq GT & vRS
Typically, Skoda are noted for good, well thought through functionality, plenty of interior space and excellent value for money as delivered by the Kodiaq. Not content to rest on their laurels though, the company have clearly decided that three is better than one, so the regular Kodiaq is now joined by two performance versions. The hot GT and the even hotter vRS.
The vRS initials have adorned the brand’s sportiest production models since the year 2000. The Kodiaq vRS is the first Skoda SUV to join this elite group of cars. With all-wheel drive and a powerful four-cylinder diesel engine that generates 235bhp from its 2.0L capacity thanks to bi-turbocharging, the power-plant delivers maximum torque of 500Nm. In other respects it is very similar to the GT, below, although options will vary, as ever.
This version combines the robustness and versatility of the standard model with the sporty elegance and dynamism of coupé styling. The front of the GT features a black-framed grille with chrome-plated double ribs. LED headlights as well as three-dimensional bumpers and large air intakes complete the powerful, sporty look.
The coupé styling is courtesy of the roof line which slopes behind the front doors and merges into a flat tailgate, creating a dynamic side view through to the rear with its sharply drawn LED tail-lights.
The interior also reflects this sporting approach. It is characterised by high-quality materials and a fully customisable virtual cockpit, which comes as standard. Skoda has invented the concept of practical ‘Simply Clever’ ideas for their latest models. With Wi-Fi access, MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay (with the surprising addition of Baidu's Carlife, which must be a first) the Kodiaq GT is always online and at the cutting edge of connectivity.
The range adds two more efficient engines: The 2.0 TSI with 186bhp which drives the front wheels and the 2.0 TSI with 220bhp which comes as standard with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Safety assistance systems abound, including Blind Spot Detect, Front Radar Assistant and Adaptive Distance Assistant with stop-and-go function, all there to ensure maximum safety.
Unlike a lot of so-called ‘sport utility vehicles’ the Kodiaq delivers on its ability to keep going when the paved road ends. Off-road mode can be selected by the simple touch of a button whereupon the chassis, engine management and brakes adjust their operation specifically to rough terrain. The Skoda Kodiaq has proved very popular in the UK and, whichever version is selected, is the ideal town and country vehicle.