Skoda Kodiaq: Built For All Terrain | MHH International

Over just a few short decades the Skoda name has been transformed from a butt of jokes to a tried and trusted brand. With a length of nearly five metres, five or seven seats and the largest boot within its class, the Skoda Kodiaq is the Czech manufacturer’s first large SUV.

Available from early 2017, this new all-rounder will offer all of the brand’s strengths: a characterful design, extraordinary interior space and practical and innovative technology that is otherwise only to be found in higher price brackets.

 

Skoda are noted for good well thought through functionality, plenty of interior space and excellent value for money. The Kodiaq brings true SUV attributes to meet day-to-day driving demands.

 

 Skoda Kodiaq, side view in woods

 

This new Skoda is suitable for business, as well as family and leisure use and will tackle off-road challenges with ease. All of the Kodiaq’s lines are clear, precise and clean-cut – this applies in particular to the distinctive, highly recessed shoulder line. The wide, three-dimensional radiator grille is striking and conveys the robust character of the car, the whole following the design ethos of the brand. Three trim levels are offered; Active, Ambition and Style.

 

The Kodiaq is just 40mm longer than the smaller Octavia hatchback, but offers a larger-than-average interior for the SUV segment. The high-quality workmanship as well as the logical and easy-to-understand operation are typical of the modern Czech company. Inside, the large circular instruments have a precise and clear design. The car has optional three-zone Climate Control and the steering wheel is available in a choice of different versions – one of which is heated.

Skoda Kodiaq, Interior pic,  

 

Numerous comfort features are available for the front seats. As an option, they can be heated, ventilated and adjusted electronically. The rear seats are also extremely versatile: they can be folded in the ratio 60:40, can be cleverly moved lengthways by 18cm as standard and the angle of the backrest is individually adjustable. Two more seats in the third row are available as an optional extra.

 

As an alternative to the standard fabric covers, a fabric/leather combination and leather or Alcantara covers are offered. The decor is available in five designs. An electrically operated tailgate is available as an option, and can – as an additional optional extra – also be opened and closed by virtue of waggling a foot as a gesture command. For country users it is good to know that the version with the TDI/DSG/4×4 drivetrain can tow a trailer weighing up to 2.5t. An electrically retractable tow bar is available for this.

 Skoda Kodiaq, Dashboard view,

 

The amount of equipment on offer either as standard or optionally is vast offering a little bit ‘more car’ for your money which as ever is the Skoda way. –Child safety, driver assistance systems, tow assist, manoeuvre assist – which will brake the car as soon as an obstacle is detected behind the vehicle – are all available. Add parking assist and all the infotainment, cruise and navigation and the overall package is up there with the very best.

 

There will be a choice of five engines at launch, two turbo-diesel and three turbo-petrol. Capacities are 1.4L and 2.0L, and power output ranges from 123bhp (125 PS) to 187bhp (190 PS). As would be expected the Skoda Kodiaq is available with various transmission technologies. Depending on the engine, there is a 6-speed manual gearbox or DSG transmissions with six or seven speeds.

 Skoda Kodiaq, rear view,

 

The Kodiaq promises to keeps 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. Around town or out in the woods where the other bears live, the biggest Skoda is sure to be up to the job.



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