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KODIAQ ATTACK (some text hidden)
By Jonathan Crouch
Skoda aims to shake up the family SUV sector with this spacious Kodiaq model. Jonathan Crouch and the Car & Driving team check it out.
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Skoda enters the mid-sized SUV segment with this Kodiaq, a model with class-leading passenger space, plenty of luxurious touches and the option of seven seats. It can tow up to 2.5-tonnes and has the largest boot in the class too. In other words, you'd have to take this contender seriously.
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You'd certainly think there was a place for Skoda in the segment for larger family-sized SUVs. The brand's smaller Yeti model has, after all, proved hugely popular amongst buyers interested in more compact versions of this kind of car, establishing a presence in the segment that the Czech brand can now build upon by utilising the same MQB platform that Volkswagen's Tiguan and SEAT's Ateca already sit upon in this segment. The Kodiaq though, is longer and more spacious than both of those two models, even though it's still very affordably priced. Plus, unlike its Volkswagen and SEAT cousins, it offers the option of seven seats, the first time that such a thing has been available from any kind of Skoda. Add in efficient engines, lots of clever design touches and up-to-the-minute media connectivity and a strong package is in prospect.
Driving Experienceword count: 221
The mainstream Kodiaq engine range is built around three TDI diesel units and a further trio of TSI petrol powerplants. Most will want the 2.0-litre TDI unit, offered with either 115, 150 or 190PS, with the pokier version able to accelerate this large SUV to 62mph in 8.6s on the way to 130mph. The range of petrol engines consists of two 1.4 TSI units, plus a 2.0 TSI powerplant. The entry-level 1.4 TSI generates 125PS and 200Nm of torque, while the pokier 1.4 option manages 150PS and 250Nm of pulling power. The top-of-the-range 2.0 TSI petrol engine develops 180PS with a decent 320Nm of torque. It'll be a rare choice though. Possibly of more interest than the engines on offer will be the freshly-developed 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox, an option to the standard 6-speed manual with some variants. An optional 'Driving Mode Select' system enables the driver to tweak throttle response, steering feel and auto gearshift timings, plus on 4x4 versions there's a 'Snow' setting that optimises things for off road use. Front wheel drive is mandatory on base petrol and diesel Kodiaqs and optional on the 1.4 TSI 150PS or 2.0 TDI 150PS derivatives. Most will want 4WD though and you have to have it on top petrol and diesel units that must also be coupled with the auto transmission.
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