The 2017 Skoda Kodiaq has been revealed in its full glory after numerous teases. The new SUV is Skoda’s first foray into the large crossover segment and is available with seven seats.
Featuring a bold front fascia with a wide, three-dimensional grille flanked by four headlights design said to be inspired by traditional Czech glass art, squared-off wheel arches, short overhangs and C-shaped LED taillights, the Kodiaq continues Skoda’s styling renaissance.
Inside, the minimalist interior looks sharp, with a large central display that bisects the dashboard into two separate areas for the driver and passenger.
The infotainment system comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen complete with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. It can be optioned up to the 8-inch Bolero system with HD screen and an In-Car Communication (ICC) function that uses the handsfree microphone to project the driver’s voice to the other occupants.
Additionally, buyers can order the Amundsen navigation system with a special display mode for driving off-road or narrow car parks, or the Columbus navigation system with 64GB of flash memory and a DVD drive.
The car’s second-row seats can be folded 60:40 and are individually reclinable as well as slid forwards or backwards some 18cm to provide more room for the optional third row seats.
Based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, the Kodiaq measures 4,697mm long, 1,882mm wide and 1,676mm tall, with a 2,791mm wheelbase, making it smaller than Volkswagen’s current-generation Touareg and just 40mm longer than the Octavia.
When equipped with the entry-level TSI engine and front-wheel drive, the large SUV weighs just 1,452kg, or 1,540kg with the 1.4 TSI engine and all-wheel drive.
Engine choices include three TSI petrol and two TDI diesel engines. The 1.4-litre TSI features Active Cylinder and is available in either 92kW/200Nm or 110kW/250Nm outputs, while the 2.0-litre TSI delivers 132kW and 320Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre TDI on the other hand comes in 110kW/340Nm and 140kW/400Nm.
The 1.4 TSI is paired with a six-speed manual and 2WD, while the 110kW variant mates with the manual or a six-speed DSG in either 2WD (DSG only) or AWD. The 2.0 TDI meanwhile is offered with a choice of the manual or a new seven-speed DSG in either 2WD (again DSG only) or AWD. The higher output 2.0 TDI and TSI are offered exclusively with the seven-speed DSG and AWD.