With Skoda’s ‘simply clever’ mantra ringing true – thanks to small touches like the door-edge protection, in-door umbrella holders and others littered throughout the interior – the Kodiaq is a versatile and family focussed SUV that goes beyond being mere transport.
A supposed power plant for the Kodiaq vRS would be the 2.0-liter TSI engine, which is successfully applied with about 300 HP for the Seat Ateca Cupra. Skoda might offer a TDI alternative as well, just like it does with the Octavia range, but that has not been decided yet.
That could make it more expensive than the Hyundai Santa Fe at entry level, but specification, including Skoda’s much vaunted ‘Skoda Connect’ features, and the Kodiaq’s unique styling and presentation may make up the difference for many prospective buyers.
Optional kit will include Lane Assist, pedestrian protection, a driver fatigue system that will bring the Kodiaq to a complete stop if it thinks you’ve fallen asleep and an autonomous parking system that will even help you park your trailer or boat.
Every Kodiaq arrives with seven airbags (two front, two sides and two curtain airbags, plus a knee airbag for the driver).