It’s no secret that we love a Skoda here at Onlymotors. The company is the master of image-shifting, working hard to get away from the jokes unreliability and heated rear windows for warm hands when pushing. The shift started around 15 years ago with introduction of cars like the Octavia and ever since, the brand has been on the up and up in terms of reliability, value and of course, quality. The current culmination of this, is the Kodiaq. Which makes us think of a camera. But it’s not a camera, it’s a car, see?
It’s a big old boy, too. This is new territory for Skoda, with this being the company’s first MPV. At 4.7m long, with up to seven seats and a towing capacity of up to 2.5t, the Kodiaq promises to be a go anywhere, do anything kind of car. We like that. We hope it will become the thinking man’s SUV.
It’s obviously chock-full of goodies, too. Electric everything, state-of-the-art infotainment systems, leather trim, so on and so forth. Basically, all the good stuff you’d expect from a car of this calibre. And there’s sweet relief for Mavis and Ken, who’ll inevitably buy one to tow their Bailey Pageant with. Why? Because this sucker will handle the caravan for you…
A new innovation is Trailer Assist: when the ŠKODA Kodiaq is towing a trailer, the system can take over steering when reversing slowly. Additionally, while reversing, the new Manoeuvre Assist will brake as soon as an obstacle is detected behind the vehicle. The system is controlled using an enhanced function of the rear parking sensors.
How bloody clever is that? Mavis, you can rejoice! Ken won’t back over your roses when trying to get the caravan back down the driveway! Nor will he run over you cat unlike last year. (Shout out to Mittens, we all miss you).
As for propulsion, there will be five engine options. Two TDI and three TSI engines, make up the engine range. They have capacities of 1.4 and 2.0 l, and power output ranges from 92 kW (125 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS). The diesel and petrol engines feature turbocharged direct injection and fulfill EU6 emission standards – more good news for Mavis’ roses. All engines feature a Stop-Start system, brake energy recovery and a powerful thermo-management system, contributing to low consumption.
Transmission-wise you can have a 6-cog manual or in auto, a six or seven speed DSG. Should you like things a bit dirty, you can obviously have four-wheel-drive over the standard front-wheel-drive.
The Kodiaq has its sights firmly set on the likes of the big Audis, the Touareg and even the Freelander. And do you know what? They should all be worried. This has the makings of a capable, comfortable and all-round brilliant vehicle. Skoda has hit the mark with every car it’s made of late, so this should be no exception.
The company is staying tight-lipped about pricing at present, but you can be sure it’s going to be competitive in comparison to the other vehicles in its class. Again, another reason for those cars to be worried.
And just think, all this is coming from the same company that brought us the Favorit. How things have changed… for the better.