Skoda Kodiaq Expert Review
Skoda Kodiaq Expert Review - Check Advantages and Disadvantages
Skoda Kodiaq is the Czech car manufacturer’s best bet against competitors as it aims to boost its sales volumes in both existing and new markets around the world. The car is 4697 mm long and has a wheelbase of 2791 mm. It comes with an MBQ platform which is also found in other vehicles such as Volkswagen Tiguan and Seat Ateca. Equipped with efficient engines and a sharp design, the car is named after a species of Alaskan bears.
Skoda Kodiaq Exterior
The car’s styling is similar to new skodas-it has a crystalline design language. It has creased metal, sharp lines, is highly layered and has bejeweled lighting elements. The vehicle’s trademark ‘butterfly’’ grille has a good finishing with its chrome edge. Its headlamps have a sharp LED daytime running light signature and make their presence felt with fog lights moving up within the bumper, just below the headlight, thereby creating a split light cluster effect. It also has a very angular taillight cluster.
Kodiaq also has a number of innovations such as the cargo bay light in the boot which detaches and works as a flashlight, foldable tray tables for 2nd row passengers, umbrellas within the frame of the front doors. A pop out door protector which sees a rubber guard emerge and cover the door’s edge to protect it from being damaged. As a passenger shuts the door, it cleverly retracts itself and therefore the door looks smooth without ugly rubber clamps on the door guards.
Skoda Kodiaq Interior
The car has a well-appointed cabin but the plastics are a bit dull. However, the new glass look infotainment system has a great interface and offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The vehicle also comes with new equipment like car control and driver assistance. There are numerous drive modes-Normal, Comfort, Sport, Eco and Snow 4x4 which configure optimal throttle, steering, gearbox, steering, air conditioner and other systems which suit that mode.
It also has an all-wheel drive (AWD) system which utilizes a multi-plate clutch which can change torque distribution to the rear. The car is also equipped with Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control. The Normal mode is a unique combination of performance and comfort. The Comfort mode is ideal for bumpy or potholed roads while the Sports mode is a bit too stiff for Indian preferences. However, it does very well for smooth and fast tarmac.
The USP of the car lies in its premium finish and cabin space. Its 3-row seating can be accessed easily and can be folded up or down quickly. The 2nd row also slides on a rain and so there is substantial legroom to the 3rd row. The latter has extra legroom because Skoda ensured that there was ample headroom so that full-sized adults don’t face a problem.
Skoda Kodiaq Specifications
Under the hood, the car is equipped with 3 engines with 5 outputs. There are likely to be 3 permutations in India:- 2.0 TSI (petrol, 177 bhp, 320 Nm), 2.0 TDI (diesel, 187 bhp, 400 Nm) and 2.0 TDI (diesel, 147 bhp, 340 Nm). The car has AWD and 7-speed DSG as a standard across all the three. The 2.0 TDI with 147 bhp is most suitable for Indian roads. It is coupled to the gearbox and smaller turbo offers faster reaction. The vehicle also has a good cornering and holding ability.
- Starting Price - Rs 34.5 Lakh
- Mileage - 16.25 kmpl (Diesel)
- Engine - 1968 cc
- Max Power - 148bhp@3500-4000rpm
- Max Torque - 340nm@1750-3000rpm
Skoda Kodiaq Advantages
- Stylish crystalline design.
- The car’s lightweight chassis offers superb handling and maneuverability.
- Presence of a wide range of safety features.
Skoda Kodiaq Disadvantages
- High price.
- This is a soft roader and is comfortable for daily travel within the city only.
- The third row is cramped up and is suitable for short journeys only.