KODIAQ ATTACK (some text hidden)
By Jonathan Crouch
Skoda has shaken up the family mid-sized 7-seat SUV sector with this spacious Kodiaq model. Jonathan Crouch drives it
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Skoda has established itself in 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 did, after all, establish the brand's Crossover credentials amongst buyers interested in more compact versions of this kind of car, formulating a presence in the segment that the Czech brand has since built upon, first of all back in 2016 with the launch of this mid-sized 5-to-7-seat Kodiaq model. It utilises the same MQB platform that Volkswagen's Tiguan Allspace and SEAT's Tarraco use in this segment. The Kodiaq though, is slightly more affordably priced than both those models. Add in efficient engines, lots of clever design touches and up-to-the-minute media connectivity and a strong package is in prospect.
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The mainstream Kodiaq engine range is built around three TDI diesel units and a further couple of TSI petrol powerplants. Most will want the 2.0-litre TDI unit, offered with either 150 or 190PS, with the pokier version able to accelerate this large SUV to 62mph in 8.6s on the way to 130mph. This 2.0-litre TDI also comes in 239PS twin turbo form in the top sporting vRS variant. The range of petrol engines consists of a couple of TSI units. The entry-level 1.5 TSI generates 150PS and 250Nm of pulling power. The top-of-the-range 2.0 TSI petrol engine develops 190PS 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 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 1.5 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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