It seems kind of unnecessary that the Skoda Kodiaq, the Czech marque’s upcoming seven-seat SUV, is being tested on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. I genuinely can’t imagine a set of circumstances that would lead anyone who actually buys one to go there for a quick blast.
Nevertheless, the Kodiaq is being flung around the Nordschleife as you can see in the video above and – remarkably – it doesn’t look at all out of its depth. Sure it’s not very quick and quite understeery, but body movements appear extremely well contained. And that’s what will matter most to the families that will buy a Kodiaq. If it can deal with the Nurburgring’s fast direction changes, constant bumps and odd cambers properly, it’s unlikely to make the littl’uns feel car sick while cruising along an A-road.
It also bodes well for the rumoured, sporty five-coupe and vRS versions of the Kodiaq.
The core range will have a choice of TSi petrol and TDi diesel engines familiar from other VW Group cars using the MQB platform. Expect the 148bhp 2.0 TDi to be the default choice. Various combinations of manual or dual-clutch gearbox and front- or four-wheel-drive will be available, too.
The Vision S concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year – pictured below – gave a pretty close preview of what the Kodiaq will look like in production form. The finished article is expected to make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.
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By Only Motors