Did you know that Skoda Kodiaq RS has set the best lap time at Nurburgring of all three-row SUVs? Yes, this Skoda is not just practical but, obviously, very capable. It is actually much more than that, considering that it was named the "Best Family Car in the World" by Top Gear Magazine in 2016 and won numerous "Car of the Year" awards around the globe.
Skoda Kodiaq is a large family SUV, which comes with three rows of seats. It is based on a unibody platform, so we can also call it a crossover. What we really like about the Kodiaq is its size. It walks on a fine line between compact and mid-size segments. Such a combination allows it to be both spacious and maneuverable, which isn’t always easy to achieve.
The First Generation of Skoda Kodiaq (2016-2021)
Concept & Production of the First Skoda Kodiaq
Before the development of Skoda’s new models, the management was perfectly aware that, soon enough, models like Octavia and Superb won't be able to fully respond to the upcoming demands of the car market. SUVs were becoming mainstream; thus, the Czech manufacturer started to work on a couple of new models, including a large three-row family SUV, which was eventually named Kodiaq.
The development took a few years, and the curious thing is that the management wasn't quite sure about the name. The initial ideas were names like "Polar" and "Snowman", but the concept version was named Vision S. The first time we saw this concept was in 2016, at the Geneva Motor Show. Engineers were pretty busy, so the final version had a premiere already in September, as Skoda Kodiaq. Eventually, we saw the first deliveries in February 2017.
Skoda Kodiaq Shares MQB Platform with VW Tiguan & Other Models
When it comes to base design characteristics, things are pretty familiar here. The Skoda Kodiaq is based on a well-known MQB platform, which underpins pretty much all mainstream models in the VW Group. It shares most of its parts with the VW Tiguan Allspace (stretched version of standard Tiguan) and also features three rows of seats. The two crossovers share mechanics and even feature the same wheelbase, which goes around 2,790 millimetres.
As always, the designers of this company used a rather conservative approach, and the styling came in a typical Skoda manner. Some may call it boring, but most people agree that such designs age well and look fresh for years. The same is true with the interior design, which is functional and straightforward. It is spacious and solid as a rock—the latter promises excellent durability and many years of exploitation.
Exterior Dimensions and Curb Weight of the Skoda Kodiaq
Length: 4,697 mm
Width: 1,882 mm
Height: 1,676 mm
Wheelbase: 2,791 mm
Curb Weight: 1,452–1,686 kg
Cabin length: 1,793mm
Cabin width (front/rear): 1,527mm/1,510mm
Cabin height (front/rear): 1,020mm/1,014mm
Seating Capacity: 7
Cargo Space: 270-2,065 litres
Model Range: Skoda Kodiaq Sportline and 4x4
While the European model comes in numerous versions, the Skoda Kodiaq Australia offer is somewhat simplified. Practically, there are just three trim levels in the offer (4x4, Sportline and RS), with two engine options available. Compared to other markets in the world, the Australian model comes standard with all-wheel drive, as well as with VW’s well-known fast-shifting DSG transmission.
The offer starts with the TSI 132 (4x4). Despite being the base model, the amount of its standard equipment is pretty impressive. As we already mentioned, all-wheel drive is standard, as well as an independent rear suspension.
The Skoda Kodiaq Sportline is next in the line. This trim level doesn’t just offer more standard equipment but also a plethora of exclusive styling details. Bigger wheels are some of the first things you'll notice, while there are also numerous minor tweaks in terms of more blacked details on the front fascia and other parts of the vehicle. On the inside, the Sportline brings upgraded upholstery, sports seats with better support, aluminium pedals, and more.
Engines & Transmissions Used
Both Skoda Kodiaq 4x4 and Sportline models use the same 2.0-litre turbo-four engine coupled with a 7-speed DSG transmission. The max output is 132kW and 320Nm.
Number of Cylinders: 4
Forced Induction: Turbocharger
Max Power: 132kW
Max Torque: 320Nm
Fuel Type: Premium Unleaded Petrol
Tank Capacity: 60L
Claimed Consumption: 7.6L/100km
Skoda Kodiaq RS (2018-present)
In 2018, Skoda introduced the RS-badged version. Skoda has always reserved the RS badge for hi-performance versions, and this SUV is no exception. It comes with tons of upgrades, starting from a more powerful engine, upgraded suspension, and more aggressive styling.
Interestingly, the Skoda Kodiaq RS uses a diesel engine. It is the most powerful variant of the well-known 2.0-litre TDI unit, which puts out around 176kW. It comes with the same 7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, which provides super-fast shifts and sends power to all wheels, thanks to the well-known Haldex differential. As a result, this SUV can hit 100km/h in less than 7 seconds.
Skoda Kodiaq RS Features
Of course, this performance version is much more than a powerful engine. There are several more upgrades, starting from a new suspension setup, which is stiffer and reduces body roll. Also, you can see massive 17-inch red brake callipers. They make this SUV look far more aggressive.
Speaking about the look, several details accentuate the Kodiaq RS’s performance character. You can easily notice large 20-inch wheels, along with the aforementioned red brake callipers, as well as more aggressive bumpers, full LED headlights, black gloss grille and more. On the inside, this model brings sports seats with heating, a unique combination of leather and carbon fibre upholstery, a sports steering wheel, Virtual Cockpit, to name a few.
Skoda Kodiaq RS Engine Specs
Number of Cylinders: 4
Forced Induction: Turbocharger
Max Power: 176kW
Max Torque: 500Nm
Fuel Type: Diesel
Tank Capacity: 60L
Claimed Consumption: 6.4L/100km
Refresh of the Skoda Kodiaq (2021-present)
In April 2021, Skoda introduced a new version of this three-row SUV. We saw a typical facelift, which mainly included visual updates. Typically for Skoda, the changes were subtle, and most of them were made at the front. The grille has been redesigned and now sits more upright. You can also notice a slightly revised hood. Bumpers have been revised, and there are a new set of wheels and a new roof spoiler.
Skoda Kodiaq RS Facelift
Of course, the high-performance version also came with updates. The most notable are new 20-inch metallic black wheels. Another thing worth mentioning is that the well-known 2.0-litre TDI engine has been replaced with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol unit, the same one that powers the Tiguan R. The max output is 235 kW.
At this point, the Australian Skoda Kodiaq RS still comes with the diesel, and we don't know whether the new turbo-petrol will be offered in this part of the world or not.
Is Skoda Kodiaq reliable?
The Kodiaq has been around for about four years. It is still a relatively fresh model on the market, so it's hard to get a full picture regarding reliability. If we can trust Skoda Kodiaq reviews on the network, the number of reported problems is minimal. Skodas are generally very reliable cars, and this model shouldn't be an exception.
What are the most common issues with the Skoda Kodiaq?
No major issues have been reported so far. Most of the problems you could have with this SUV are in terms of electrics. We hear complaints about climate control not working here and there and navigation system faults.
Also, we should mention cracks in the passenger seat frame and the second-row frame.
What should I check when buying a used Skoda Kodiaq?
Given the high level of predicted reliability, buying a used Skoda Kodiaq may be a smart choice. Since we are talking about a relatively young model, there aren’t many things to be checked when considering a Skoda Kodiaq used car.
Still, you can look into a few items. Besides age, mileage, service history and other typical things, you should check for the electrics. Also, keep in mind that this is a pretty big SUV, so it may have some scuffs or dents.
Models produced in early 2018 may have defective airbags, so check if those were replaced. For 2018 and 2019 year models, there are also reports about the lack of torque in low RPMs. If you’re buying a used Skoda Kodiaq 2020, have no worries, as these issues have been solved.
If you own a Skoda Kodiaq, we will be glad to hear about your experience with this SUV. If you want to advertise a Skoda Kodiaq for sale, you can get more interested buyers for your used car by advertising with us at Carpart.com.au.
By Nebojsa Grmusa