The Czech carmaker, Skoda has finally brought up its most-awaited 7-seater SUV, the Kodiaq in the market. The full-sized SUV is available to opt at dealerships only in a single 7-seat configuration and has been tagged with the price sticker of INR 34.49 Lakh (ex-showroom, India). While the global market also has the availability of another 5-seater option along with the 7-seat configuration. The segment in India has rivals such as Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Mitsubihi Pajero Sport, Isuzu MU-X and even the smaller Volkswagen Tiguan to compete with the newly launched Kodiaq.
At the exterior front, the Skoda Kodiaq follows brand’s next-generation design language appeared on other new Skoda launches. Also, it is furnished with the large and 'in your face' front grille along with distinct split headlamp cluster that is accompanied by LED daytime running light lights and LED headlamps at the front fascia. Other than this, large 18-inch wheels are add-ons for the very upright and typically SUV like the stance of the new Skoda Kodiaq.
Dimensionally, the full-sized SUV measures 4,697mm in length, 1,882mm in width, 1,676mm in height along with the ground clearance of 187 mm on the wheelbase of 2,791mm.
Moving inside, there is a set of convenient features for the occupants. The dashboard which is incorporated with cutting-edge technological aspects has a large touchscreen infotainment system that offers the aids like inbuilt navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. other checks marked features in the list include an umbrella holder in the door pockets, ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof, hands-free parking, etc.
In terms of comfort, the Kodiaq hits the top spot as there are adequate leg and headroom space for the two passengers in the last row. Moreover, the SUV also has a 'sleep package' as standard along with seat package as an option that respectively offers rear seats with two flaps mechanism on the headrests and a set of blankets.
Under the hood, the same tried and tested 2-litre diesel engine on models such as Skoda Octavia, Skoda Superb and the Tiguan SUV as well, will perform propelling duties. The engine is capable of making out the maximum power of 148 bhp and 340 Nm of peak torque in association with a 7-speed DSG gearbox only. The petrol trim and the manual gearbox option will not be offered for the Kodiaq but the all-wheel-drive system is there to take on the uneven or hilly terrain. The ARAI claimed mileage for the Kodiaq is 16.25 kmpl.