1 Jun 2017
After plugging away for years without a traditional SUV in its line-up – the quirky Yeti is hardly traditional – Skoda finally launched the Kodiaq medium to large seven-seat SUV in 2017 as a competitor for three-row mid-sizers such as the Nissan X-Trail and Mitsubishi Outlander, as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Initially offered in one 4x4 132TSI model grade, the Kodiaq was powered by a 132kW/320Nm four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine and paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, delivering fuel use of 7.6 litres per 100km and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 8.2 seconds.
With all three rows in place, the Kodiaq could swallow 270 litres of cargo, increasing to 630L with the third row lowered, and up to 2005 litres with the second and third rows stowed.
Standard safety gear included Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, fatigue detection, nine airbags, Passenger Protect Assist, adaptive cruise control, a tyre pressure monitoring system, multi-collision braking and electronically activated child safety lock for the rear doors.
The Kodiaq was also offered with standard gear including a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic flashing lights in an emergency braking situation, warning lights on impact if a collision occurs, LED foglights with a cornering function, LED rear fog and brake lights, a rain sensor, a seatbelt reminder and Isofix child seat anchors.
In August, Skoda launched a 140kW/400Nm turbo-diesel 4x4 140TDI version of the Kodiaq, offering fuel economy of 5.9L/100km and a 0-100km/h time of 8.6 seconds.
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