The impressive new Skoda Kodiaq will cost from £21,495 OTR with the firm taking orders from November and delivering the first models in April 2017.
Potential owners will find an SUV with lots of equipment and 24 models consisting of four trim levels, to choose from.
There will be five choices of engine – the entry level model has a 1.4 litre TSI unit producing 125 PS with the most expensive petrol engine for the Skoda Kodiaq being the 2.0 litre TSI producing 180 PS which has a four-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive. The price for this is £31,445.
There’s just the one 2.0 litre TDI diesel engine choice with power outputs of 115 PS, 150 PS or 190 PS.
Skoda Kodiaq is the firm’s first seven seater SUV
The Skoda Kodiaq is the firm’s first seven seater SUV – though most models will have five seats – and among the standard equipment list will be alloy wheels, air conditioning and a touchscreen infotainment system. There’s also LED daytime running lights, a leather multifunction steering wheel while other models come with smartphone connectivity and keyless go.
Opt for the Skoda Kodiaq SE trim and there are larger alloy wheels, privacy glass, rear parking sensors and cruise control along with light and rain sensors and the option of seven seats.
The range topper for the range is the Edition which is packed with kit, indeed, the firm says it’s a showcase for the Kodiaq’s equipment range and includes leather upholstery, chrome roof rails, metallic paint and seven seats. Technology on board includes blind spot detection, wireless charging and high beam assist.
Skoda Kodiaq has more space than its rivals
Despite the SUV’s dimensions, there has been good use of the VW chassis so it’s a relatively light car to own and offers a good system that will switch from two-wheel drive to four-wheel-drive at the push of a button. The all-wheel drive system delivers excellent traction and stability in all weather conditions.
There’s even a facility to help the Skoda Kodiaq go off road though most owners won’t be doing this but the system will adjust the chassis, brakes and engine management to ensure the car and its occupants are carried safely across rough terrain.
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This stylish new addition to the Skoda line-up also has an impressive range of driver assistance systems including trailer assist, which is a first for Skoda, along with a wide-angle surround view camera to monitor the car for safety.
Skoda have also added city emergency brake, lane assist, adaptive cruise control and blindspot detection.
The Skoda Kodiaq is an impressive creation that entry a keenly fought segment but there’s a lot to offer potential owners who want space, lots of comfort and equipment and, above all else, style.