Skoda Kodiaq Ireland

Skoda Kodiaq – Review

The Skoda Kodiaq is Skoda’s first attempt at a 7 seater SUV. Skoda has launched the car into Ireland with a starting price of €28,795. I have put the 2.0TDI 190hp 4×4 DSG variant through its paces. Will Skoda do well with the Kodiaq in Ireland?

A Few Facts:
Model Tested: Skoda Kodiaq
Engine: 2.0TDI diesel, 190hp and 400Nm.
Transmission: 7-Speed DSG automatic, four-wheel drive.
Price: Prices start at €28,795 for the Polo range. Price as tested – €46,545.

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Czech Republican Crystal No Less

The designers at Skoda got their muse for the Kodiaq from Bohemian Crystal, a renowned glass art of the Czech Republic. This motif can be seen throughout the car but namely the front and rear lights. The Front lights blend into the grill giving a muscular shape. The rear lights have the triangular silhouettes building up inside the reflectors.dsc_0055-min

Overall, the SUV looks like it was built in two halves due to the styling crease going the whole way around it. The Bohemian Crystal motif is also present on the 19-inch “Triglav” alloy wheels. The Skoda measures in at 4.8m long and 1.9m wide, it is seriously big for its class.

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The Interior is typical Skoda. The test car I had was equipped with the Style trim level, which is the highest currently on offer in Ireland. You mould yourself into half leather/half alcantara sports seats. You grip a leather, almost D-shaped steering wheel. The vastness of the Kodiaq is noticeable before you even set off on your journey. The 8-inch touch screen infotainment is placed dead centre on the centre console so the reach to the far side of the screen is quite long.

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The space on offer is something to be praised, however. With the driver’s seat in my driving position, a 6-foot human, I managed to adjust the middle row seat to a comfortable position for me. On top of that, another, smaller than 6-foot, adult could sit in the most rear.

Out of the Woods and onto the Road; this Kodiaq cannot be Tamed

The Skoda Kodiaq is available with a 1.4TSI petrol and 2.0TDI diesel in Ireland, with my test car being the 2.0TDI 190hp mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic. The 190hp engine is more than enough power to shift all of this 1,795kg Czech SUV along. Although the 7-speed isn’t as snappy as I would like it to be. Although, it is sufficient for the kind of driving that the Kodiaq is meant for.

On the road is where the Kodiaq’s sheer size really becomes a disadvantage. As expected from a 1.6m high SUV, the Skoda Kodiaq certainly has body roll present when entering and leaving corners. However, with this comes comfort from the softer suspension. However, it is disconcerting looking in the rear view mirror and still seeing the back end leaving the corner while you are already sitting on the road. It is THAT long!

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Comparing to its competitors though, mainly the Nissan X-Trail, the Skoda Kodiaq is miles ahead. The manual gearbox in the Kodiaq shifts so much smoother than that of the X-Trail. The cabin is much quieter while on the road than the Nissan, although some wind noise can be heard from around the wing mirrors while at motorway speeds in the Kodiaq. However, overall this SUV feels much better built than its Japanese rival. The quality that is lacking in the X-Trail can be clearly found in the Kodiaq.

Simply Clever

Skoda’s motto is “Simply Clever”. Most Skodas have small unique features that give it a personal touch. The Skoda Kodiaq is definitely not lacking here. Firstly, when you open the door, retractable protectors pop out to save you damaging the door off a wall, for example. Ireland being Ireland, it rains almost 100% of the time. No problem, Skoda have taken a page from Rolls-Royce’s book and added umbrellas into the doors. Have a twist-cap bottle and only one hand to open it? No problem, just push down on the bottle in the cup-holder and it can be opened with one hand. Inside the fuel filler cap door is an ice scrapper and magnifying glass, if you’ll ever need one. All these features are, well, Simply Clever.

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With these features aside, the 5-seater Skoda Kodiaq has 720l of boot space on offer which can be expanded to 2,065l. In the 7-seater Kodiaq, this is decreased to 660l/2,005l with the most rear seats collapsed and 270l with them in place.

What Equipment is on Offer?

In its most basic form, Active trim level, the Kodiaq comes with cruise control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 17-inch alloys and Skoda Connect, including an emergency call system. Skipping the middle trim level, Ambition, and jumping to the highest level, Style, the Kodiaq continues to appeal. Style adds 19-inch Alloys, 4G LTE sim card slot for WiFi services, rear view camera and ambient interior lighting. However, surprising from a Volkswagen Group product, it doesn’t offer adaptive cruise control as standard with any of the trim levels.

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She Diesel?

I spent my week mostly doing suburban commuting but some motorway driving was involved too. I averaged 7.0l/100km. This is some way off the 5.7l/100km that Skoda claims is achievable.

Prices

Pricing for the Skoda Kodiaq starts at €28,795. My test car, specced in Style with options, was priced at €46,545.

What Else is on Offer?

In recent years, the SUV segment has become quite a prominent one in Ireland. Naturally, this means competition for the Kodiaq is plentiful with rivals such as the Hyundai Sante Fe and Kia Sorento. However, other competitors include;

Nissan X-Trail – There is no doubt that the X-Trail is popular amongst Irish motorists, even though I can’t see the appeal. Although the X-Trail is more spec-heavy in its highest trim level, the overall quality of the Kodiaq is much better.

Mazda CX-5 – In my opinion, Mazda’s KODO design is right on point at the moment. Every one of its cars, with maybe the exception of the clown shoe-like Mazda3, looks really good and spec is generous. A new Mazda CX-5 is on the way to Irish shores this year too so it could be a serious competitor for the Kodiaq. However presently, there is no 7-seater option.

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Would I Buy One?

Overall, the Skoda Kodiaq was most definitely worth the wait. It is practical, looks good and is affordable. I’m a 22 year old soon-to-be full blown adult and have no desire to own something that can fit the whole family. But, the Skoda Kodiaq is something I could live with, for sure.

What is Next for Skoda?

Skoda are trying to break into the American market. They have registered the trademark there but have yet to hint any signs to the public. Until now, the Kodiaq may well be the first glimpse that the USA will see of what Skoda have coming for them. Consider yourselves lucky, America; she’s a good ‘un!

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