It’s fairly clear that Skoda put a variety of work into designing the Kodiaq. The entrance finish is outlined by the muscular hood and people slender headlights with brilliant LED daytime working lights. A pair of fog lights sit just under the headlights, flaking that black grille that’s outlined in silver or chrome. Oddly, the grille considerably harking back to Kia’s tigernose grille, however it sports activities simply sufficient uniqueness to set it aside. Down beneath a large air dam runs from one facet to the opposite, with a small black louver that runs horizontally simply above the middle level of the air dam.
The entrance finish is outlined by the muscular hood and people slender headlights with brilliant LED daytime working lights.
Transferring over to the perimeters, there are two distinct physique strains to speak about. One runs from the purpose of the wraparound headlights all the way in which again to the purpose of the taillights. Down beneath, one other physique line runs between the wheel arches, giving a 3D look to the decrease facet of the automobile. Just like the entrance lip on the entrance fascia, the facet skirts are additionally completed in black. A round physique line runs across the wheel arches, nearly connecting to that decrease physique line – giving the facet profile a fairly elegant look. The facet home windows get progressively shorter as you progress nearer to the rear of the automobile, matching the general contour of that sloping roof. There are roof rails up high, however they’re skinny and certain extra for seems than performance.
Round again, essentially the most defining options are these distinctive taillights and the reflector that runs the complete width of the rear fascia. These taillights wrap round onto the rear quarters however have a singular form to them. The C-shaped LED within the taillights stands out to provide a 3D-like look, and the reverse lights are positioned on the rear hatch. A pointy cut-out within the rear hatch connects the inside factors of the taillight models collectively. A small overhang dominates the rear glass, whereas it’s solely usually to see a small wiper down beneath. The decrease portion of the rear fascia is completed in a shiny black, similar to the facet skirts and the entrance lip. All advised, the outside design is clear and easy, whereas offering simply sufficient character to make the Kodiaq stand out in a world that’s, fairly truthfully, overpopulated with SUVs and crossovers.
Distinctive Design or Genetic Clone?
Now that we’ve talked all concerning the exterior look of the Kodiaq, it’s time to level out that whereas the badging says Skoda, the look says Audi. Extra particularly, the look says Audi Q7 with slightly little bit of altered DNA. Check out the side-by-side shot above. To the left, you see the brand new Skoda Kodiaq and to the proper, nicely that’s the Q7. See a resemblance? We certain do. Outdoors of the hood, grille (which is sort of a rip off from Kia’s Tigernose grille) and the huge air dam, this factor is sort of actually a Q7 on the surface.
Discover how they each share similar physique strains above the door handles and down beneath the between the wheel wells? And, what concerning the contour of the wheel arches, or these quick roof rails? As a lot as I commend Skoda for doing a superb job on the Kodiaq, as it’s a massive step for the corporate, I’ve to say it dipped slightly too deep into the Volkswagen gene pool and introduced up slightly an excessive amount of Audi DNA. After all, VW is the mother or father firm of Skoda, and everyone knows how comparable the whole lot underneath the VW umbrella seems, so it actually isn’t that shocking.
I’ve to say that, upon preliminary inspection, I’m fairly impressed with what Skoda has finished right here. The inside is interesting in a variety of methods, and it seems prefer it walks that fantastic stability between performance and luxurious. There are a mix of arduous and soft-touch surfaces right here and there, however I’m slightly involved concerning the development of the sprint, door panels, and different trim parts. Whereas they do seem to have a rough-like texture that by some means matches the general really feel of the cabin, I query simply how cheaply made all the arduous plastic actually is. We’ll know much more once we see it in particular person, however I concern that Skoda may need cheaped out on the more durable surfaces.
There’s a mixture of arduous and soft-touch surfaces right here and there, however I’m slightly involved concerning the development of the sprint, door panels, and different trim parts
The seats are wrapped in leather-based, with perforated and textured seats within the entrance and rear. There seems to me some small wooden inserts on the door trim panels and the face of the sprint on the passenger facet. The instrument cluster options two massive gauges with small gauges on the backside. A small TFT show display is positioned within the center. Transferring over to the middle stack, you’ll discover a touchscreen infotainment show in “subtle glass design” that’s mentioned to have “merely intelligent” operation. This show together with the middle console acts as a dividing level that separates the entrance driver and passenger. Not a foul design, however I nonetheless query the standard of a few of the supplies.
The rear seats are much like that of the entrance, that includes the textured inserts within the seat cushions and a body-armor like design on the seatbacks. There’s a small wooden insert on every of the rear door trim panels and a small blue pinstripe that accents the insert, similar to you see on the entrance doorways. Each rows of rear seating fold down, bringing inside cargo room up from 25.42 cubic ft to as a lot as 72.92 cubic ft. All advised, it’s a fairly good design, and I do lean towards the time period elegant right here, however it appears to me as if the rear seats sit significantly low within the rear. My interpretation of the rear seats leads me to imagine that the highest of the door panels will sit about neck stage with rear passengers, which may very well be slightly awkward for individuals who aren’t six-foot tall.
The Kodiaq is obtainable with certainly one of 5 completely different powertrains. There are two diesel choices and three gasoline choices, all of that are turbocharged and have course injection, a start-stop system, brake vitality restoration, and a thermo-management system. On the diesel entrance, there are two variations of a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that ship both 148 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque or 187 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. On the gasoline entrance, the 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder is obtainable in two flavors. The primary brings 123 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque whereas the uprated model provides 148 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. There’s additionally a 2.0-liter that gives 178 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Based on Skoda, the entry-level diesel engine delivers a mean of 56.5 mpg whereas the entry-level 1.4-liter gasoline engine delivers a mean of 47.1 mpg.
There are two diesel choices and three gasoline choices, all of that are turbocharged and have course injection, a start-stop system, brake vitality restoration, and a thermo-management system.
Shifting duties are dealt with certainly one of three transmissions, relying on the proprietor’s engine of alternative. Choices embrace a six-speed handbook transmission, a six-speed DSG, or a seven-speed DSG. The seven-speed DSG is new to the Skoda model and, as Skoda factors out (needlessly at this level) can deal with torque output of as much as 442 pound-feet. It will also be managed in handbook mode with the shifter deal with, or with shift paddles when correctly geared up. The seven-speed mates to each top-range engines on the diesel and gasoline entrance whereas the entry-level gasoline unit will get the six-speed handbook.
Suspension duties are dealt with by MacPherson struts up entrance and a metal, four-link system out again. The ability steering system dealt with with an electromechanical drive system. Energetic and Ambition trim ranges include 17-inch wheels as normal gear whereas 18-inch wheels come normal on the “Model” trim stage. Polished 19-inch wheels can be found at a premium. The entrance brakes make the most of bigger ventilated discs, whereas an digital differential lock and digital stability management helps to maintain issues from getting froggy throughout extra spirited driving. Elective gear contains Driving Mode Choose, which provides Regular, Eco, Sport, and Particular person modes. Fashions geared up with all-wheel drive additionally profit from a Snow mode that makes use of the ABS, ASR, and ACC techniques to manage wheel spin and maintain issues from getting too uncontrolled.
At this level, there have been no specifics that element any kind of pricing schedule for the upcoming Kodiaq. With competing fashions from Audi, Mercedes, and BMW beginning out between $38,000 and $41,000, it’s in all probability secure to imagine the Kodiaq will sport an identical price ticket. After all, the Kodiaq is displaying as much as the occasion late, so beginning out with a value level within the $36,000 vary may give it the higher hand. If fits over at Skoda are sensible, they’ll take that into severe consideration earlier than launching the brand new Kodiaq.
The BMW X3 has been a fairly widespread choice within the SUV market, and Bimmer has been working arduous to maintain the mannequin as contemporary as potential. Regardless of receiving a facelift for the 2015 mannequin 12 months, BMW has been busy placing collectively the next-gen mannequin that’s anticipated to reach for the 2017 mannequin 12 months. After all, the X3 is already fairly rattling good as it’s, so don’t count on an excessive amount of from the redesign, as it will likely be extra of a fantastic tune that something.
It’d truly develop slightly bit, rising passenger consolation and cargo area, whereas additionally taking up some newer expertise in comparison with the present mannequin. As of the time of this writing, the present X3 goes for wherever between $38,950 for the entry-level mannequin and $42,450 for the range-topping trim with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder. Pricing will in all probability improve for 2017, however it in all probability gained’t improve greater than $1,000 throughout the board.
Learn our full evaluate on the BMW X3 right here.
The GLC got here to be as a substitute for the aged and overworked Mercedes GLK-Class and was new in Mercedes’ lineup for the 2016 mannequin 12 months. As such, it was additionally given some extra time within the incubator, so it’s truly slightly bit greater than the outgoing GLK. Much more necessary, the GLC seems extra just like the bigger GLE-Class versus the outgoing GLK. The inside is opulent and comfy with a high-sitting middle console, flat-bottom steering wheel and a tablet-like infotainment show perched on the middle stack.
Within the U.S., the GLC is obtainable with a 2.0-liter engine and is obtainable in two-wheel and four-wheel-drive kinds. That engine delivers 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. After all, over in Europe, there are extra engines obtainable, together with a 211-horsepower gasoline engine, a 170-horsepower diesel engine, and a 327-horsepower hybrid. On the time of this writing, The GLC300 begins out at $38,950, with the 4Matic mannequin going for a $2,000 premium. For sure, Skoda higher come appropriate with the Kodiaq if it expects to face an opportunity in opposition to the GLC.
Learn our full evaluate on the Mercedes GLC right here.
Now I do need to say that this can be a fairly good trip general from an organization like Skoda, particularly because the model’s second crossover or SUV. Nevertheless, There’s slightly an excessive amount of Audi DNA right here. Whereas I haven’t had an opportunity to really take a look at the brand new Kodiaq within the steel fairly but, I’m prepared to wager that there are a variety of interchangeable elements between the Audi Q7 and the Kodiaq – a minimum of on the surface anyway. It’s nonetheless not a foul trip for Skoda, however I used to be actually hoping to see extra uniqueness than what we see right here. Excluding the completely different grille up entrance and the taillights out again, that is nearly what I might count on to see out of the subsequent facelift of Audi’s Q lineup. Final time I regarded, Skoda was doing fairly nicely for itself, so I don’t assume it will have harm to carry some new design expertise into the combination for the Kodiaq. Oh nicely, laziness is one thing I’ve come to count on from nearly each firm underneath VW’s umbrella.
Replace Historical past
Up to date 08/10/2016: Skoda has launched a couple of preview photographs of the upcoming Kodiaq that’s set to debut on September 1st in Berlin. Try the main points within the “Preview Replace” subsections within the numerous sections beneath.
Up to date 06/22/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq out for a brand new testing session, this time across the well-known Nurburgring race monitor.
Replace 06/16/2016: Skoda has launched a set of renderings for the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq, which suggests an official debut isn’t far-off. Try the brand new renderings in our speculative evaluate beneath.
June 22, 2016 – Skoda Kodiaq testing at Nurburgring
Might 31, 2016 – First testing session