The SUV marketplace continues to grow exponentially as demand for high riding family cars is undiminished. In fact, more traditional saloon and estate car sales, not to mention MPVs, are actually experiencing a recession in the face of this paradigm shift. Skoda continue to build upon their strong product portfolio and, maybe unsurprisingly, are now entering the highly competitive large SUV space. This is the new Skoda Kodiaq.
Revealed in Berlin today, the new Skoda Kodiaq SUV sports a strong looks with clean chiseled lines. It appears crisp and modern, but also suitably understated. The Skoda family face stretches a wide black grill between a set of raked headlights. Overall we think that this new car is actually rather handsome.
Inside the Skoda Kodiaq offers up to three rows accommodating 7 passengers. A large 720 litre boot is boasted of which expands to 2065 litres with the middle row folded flat. The architecture is smart and premium with glossy black finishes. Skoda’s “simply clever” features such as an ice scraper in the fuel filler door, umbrellas in the front doors like a Rolls-Royce, and deployable door protectors are great additions. A wifi hotspot is also available for passengers.
The Skoda Kodiaq is equipped with your choice of two diesel engines as well as three petrol engines. Its top level diesel produces 187 BHP 295lb ft of torque. The entry level petrol engine is a 1.4 litre with 123 BHP. It can tow up to 2.5 tonnes.
However, the seriously impressive thing is that the Skoda Kodiaq starts at just £22,500 considerably undercutting rivals. It hits the road in April 2017.