With the brand new replace, the Skoda Kodiaq can be provided with a brand new petrol engine, in contrast to the erstwhile diesel. This new engine is the acquainted 2.0-litre TSI making 187bhp and 320Nm paired to a seven-speed DSG computerized transmission. The facility is shipped to all 4 wheels by an electronically managed AWD system. Skoda says this petrol-powered Kodiaq can do 0-100kmph in 7.8 seconds. 

We’ve already seen this engine within the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Octavia. It feels refined proper from the phrase go. Energy supply is easy and linear and it’s fairly predictable as effectively. There’s no lag at gradual speeds and you’ll simply potter round city with the engine idling near the 1,500rpm mark. Give it some beans and the engine comes alive after 4,000rpm. It’s progressive to the redline and the motor by no means feels strained, no matter the pace you’re doing. Even on the freeway, there’s at all times energy in reserve when there’s a necessity for fast overtakes. So, the Kodiaq can handle on a regular basis commutes as comfortably as it might probably cross continents.

The twin-clutch transmission is butter easy, going up or down the cogs, and compliments Kodiaq’s character very effectively. Even in kickdown, there are barely any lurches and the Kodiaq stays easy by and thru. There’s additionally a provision of guide mode with paddle shifters for a kind of days once you’d need to have some enjoyable behind the wheel. There are six driving modes within the new Kodiaq as a part of the brand new Dynamic Chassis Management (DCC) system. Every mode alters the throttle response and gearshifts, with devoted off-road-focused modes for instances when the going will get powerful. 

Just like the earlier Kodiaq, the trip high quality continues to be one of many highlights right here. It is stiffly sprung like some other European automobile however by no means will get uncomfortable. A part of DCC are dual-shell, gas-liquid shock absorbers managed electronically, offering optimum damping traits. Consequently, the trip stays constant and flat over a lot of the surfaces. Even over damaged patches and rutted surfaces, the Kodiaq’s trip stays unfazed and comfy. 

Skoda says the replace additionally comes with one thing known as the ‘Progressive Steering’. Relying on the driving situations and pace, the steering enter alters. This helps in lowering the turning circle at gradual speeds, making the Kodiaq straightforward to manoeuvre by slender streets. On the identical time, it doesn’t want fixed correction at increased speeds. Going two turns lock-to-lock, it’s pretty fast and progressive as effectively. On the flip aspect, the steering may do with barely extra join and really feel. So, when taking corners with some enthusiasm, it’s not very confidence-inspiring. 

Therefore, the Kodiaq makes for a fantastic companion no matter your love for driving or opting to spend more often than not within the again seat.

Globally revealed final 12 months, this facelift has some attention-grabbing modifications on the skin. Right here, the grille will get the brand new Skoda household design. There’s nonetheless a chrome encompass on this attribute grille however now these louvres are additionally garnished in chrome. As for the LED headlamps, they’ve gone sleeker and look fairly like those on the third-gen Octavia earlier than the cut up. Its sleeker design offers the Kodiaq a way more fashionable attraction. In the meantime, the second set of lights carries ahead the Czech carmaker’s design course. That mentioned, there aren’t any drastic modifications on the decrease bumper. 

Equally, no modifications are seen within the profile. However these newly-designed multi-spoke 18-inch wheels are a part of the replace. On the again, there are modifications to LED hind lights, however you’d want a eager eye to identify the distinction. With the delicate modifications, the Kodiaq now appears far more imposing but recognizable. It’s extra fashionable as effectively, particularly when in comparison with different butch trying seven-seater SUVs within the phase. 

General, the design modifications on the Kodiaq aren’t drastic however simply the correct quantity to maintain it recent for a couple of extra years.

Step inside and every little thing appears acquainted, indicating the minimal quantum of change accomplished right here. You do nonetheless get this two-spoke steering wheel which is newly designed for modern-day Skodas. It’s fairly aesthetic however wants some tactile really feel to it. Behind it’s a 10.25-inch all-digital show which is part of VW Group’s Digital Cockpit. 

Regardless of being half a decade previous, the cabin structure is clear with uncluttered buttons, straightforward to succeed in controls, and good high quality of supplies throughout. A number of the bits are shared with many older fashions, however they nonetheless don’t look misplaced right here. The centre console has an built-in eight-inch touchscreen which does seem within the want of an replace. It’s not precisely ‘last-generation’, however may do with crisper show, higher interface, and extra management capabilities as effectively. 

The Kodiaq is a giant automobile. So that you get ample house on the within. There’s a very good quantity of headroom, giant home windows with good visibility throughout, and the cabin is sort of ergonomic as effectively. Additionally, this being a Skoda, it’s excessive on practicality. There’s this huge house underneath the armrest for knick-knacks, a twin glove field, and a few intelligent storage areas. Additionally, a boon for our climate, these seats are cooled as effectively. 

Not like different ladder-on-frame SUVs, the Kodiaq is sort of straightforward to get in. Many of the house owners of this L&Ok trim can be spending their time within the second row. So, you get a very good quantity of head and legroom. Even a passenger can accommodate within the center seat regardless of the raised ground and exhausting seat cushion. The backrest for the center row can also be adjustable for recline. Extra importantly, the Skoda Merely Intelligent options embody these neck braces that cocoon you when napping after an extended day or when journeying by the nation. Lastly, the third row isn’t spacious sufficient for an grownup aside from very brief journeys. However children can do right here simply tremendous. 

As for the boot, with the third row up, the house isn’t one thing to put in writing dwelling about. At 270mm, it’s not greater than what you get in one thing like a Volkswagen Polo. So, not precisely splendid for weekend baggage of seven. Put the seats down and the house is expanded to 630 litres. Once more, not giant sufficient to maneuver a home, however greater than sufficient for many of your wants. And when you do need to transfer a home, fold down the center row as effectively and house goes as much as 2,005 litres. 

Now, this L&Ok trim has numerous kits on provide. It comes with an extended characteristic checklist that features a panoramic sunroof, a ten.25-inch fully-digital instrument cluster, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SmartLink connectivity with inbuilt navigation and a 360-degree digicam. For creature consolation, you get three-zone local weather management, a reverse digicam, 12-way electrically adjustable entrance seats with cooling, heating, and reminiscence capabilities, cruise management, rain-sensing wipers, wi-fi charger, and electrical boot with foot gesture opening and shutting. This L&Ok trim additionally has a 625-watt Canton 12-speaker music system. Then there’s additionally park help for parallel and perpendicular hands-free parking.

If we have been to nitpick, the brand new Kodiaq misses out on a couple of options like typical USB sockets. And the new-age ADAS options may have made the deal even sweeter. It’s additionally unhappy to see the absence of a door protector which was a part of Skoda’s Merely Intelligent options.

By way of security, the Kodiaq has normal fitments together with 9 airbags, ISOFIX youngster anchor factors, entrance and rear sensors, ABS with stability management and brake help, and hill maintain and hill descent management together with tyre strain monitor. As a part of Skoda’s Merely Intelligent options, you additionally get some helpful gear like an umbrella within the entrance door, blanket and headrest in a nap bundle, coat hook and ticket holder, and thick ground mats.

This isn’t a era change, however the first correct replace for Skoda’s first SUV. With this facelift, the Kodiaq will get a brand new exterior design, ditching the diesel engine for a brand new petrol one, including fashionable options to the checklist, with some modifications on the within as effectively. Though there’s a five-seater model obtainable internationally, the Kodiaq will proceed to be provided in India in a three-row seven-seater configuration. The pre-facelift one was obtainable in Fashion, Scout, and L&Ok trim. This time round, the off-road-ish Scout variant is changed by a barely sporty Sportline trim. 

This up to date Kodiaq has been launched in India at a beginning worth of Rs 34.99 lakh (ex-showroom). At this beginning worth, we predict this Kodiaq affords nice worth, particularly when in comparison with the lately launched Volkswagen Tiguan which is a few lakh cheaper, but in addition a five-seater and has fewer options. As for the competitors, you have got the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, Citroen C5 Aircross, and a few premium soft-roaders like BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

The Skoda Kodiaq nonetheless is a definitive selection for many who don’t desire a flashy 4×4 or a premium badge only for a mode assertion. The brand new Kodiaq improves on its understated character, is excessive on practicality, is effectively constructed and oozes high quality, is decently decked up with options and creature consolation, and even the newer powertrain doesn’t give any motive to complain. On the finish of the day, you can’t go flawed shopping for the brand new 2022 Skoda Kodiaq.

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