Skoda have confirmed the arrival of the latest Kodiaq range in showrooms across the country. The brand’s best-selling model lands with a facelift, extra comfort and a high performance 180kW turbocharged engine for the range-topping RS.
Three variants of the 7-seat SUV are on offer, including the Style and Sportline. Both of these share a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 132kW and 320Nm, running at an economical 8.2-litres/100km.
Octavia RS performance graces the Kodiaq RS, which now brandishes a punchy 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol 4-cyclinder producing 180kW and 370Nm. At 6.6 seconds to 100km/h, the new model is faster than the previous diesel, and 58kg lighter too.
Fuel economy is better than its subordinates at 7.5-litres/100km, and all variants send power to all four wheels through a 7-speed DSG transmission, and continue to boast a refined and versatile ride.
Advanced handling features for the RS include drive mode selection (six in total) and adaptive chassis control. Redesigned wheels, front bumper and grille form the Kodiaq facelift, with Skoda touting a ‘city friendly’ exterior style, housing a spacious interior.
Both the headlights and taillights have been sharpened, with matrix LED headlights added to Sportline and RS, and scrolling rear indicators now standard. The Style and Sportline roll on 19-inch Crater alloys, while the RS gets 20-inch Vega Anthracite alloys.
Drivers are invited into the Kodiaq by new Skoda logo welcome lights, leveraging a bit of fun and sophistication, along with an airconditioned dual glovebox, a tablet holder (Style only), rear mechanical sun blinds and anti-ding protective strips.
Segment topping standard technology includes a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment display, 10.25-inch virtual cockpit (with sat-nav display capability), wireless charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, push-button start, and an electric tailgate.
As part of a Tech package, automatic park assist, a premium sound system and drive mode selection are all included. A Luxury package adds electronically adjustable massage front seats, three-zone climate control, matrix LED headlights and electronic driver aids.
A Sleep package is standard on Sportline and RS, and optional for the Style. This introduces adjustable rear side headrests for passengers to get some shuteye on a long haul.
Driver safety is underscored with extended curtain airbags for passengers in all seven seats. The car maker isn’t shy about squaring up to the competition either, making it clear the Kodiaq is roomier than the Santa Fe, CX-9, and Sorrento.
They also go out of their way to highlight that it’s more efficient than the Santa Fe V6 and Sorrento V6, and the RS outruns the Mercedes GLB 250. Drive away prices start from $52,990 for the Style, $57,990 for the Sportline and $74,990 for the RS model.
New Kodiaq models come with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty and three or five-year service plan options. Further information is available from your local Skoda dealer.