We video test the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq, which is incredibly car like to drive, has excellent build quality and is loaded with an impressive amount of standard equipment.
As good as new cars are these days, it is still relatively rare that a manufacturer absolutely nails a new model right out of the box, but the Skoda Kodiaq is an example of just that.
The Kodiaq is the Czech member of the VW Audi Group family’s first go at a large SUV, and pretty much Skoda’s first go at a ‘proper’ SUV, with the small Yeti crossover being more like a larger Roomster than an actual SUV.
And make no mistake; the Kodiaq is big (with similar dimensions to a Hyundai Santa Fe), but doesn’t look it, thanks to clever styling that also looks remarkably handsome.
The Kodiaq Style we look at here is the top spec model in the range and is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 140kW of power and 400Nm of torque and is hooked up to a seven-speed DSG transmission.
It comes standard with an impressive amount of equipment, including 19-inch alloy wheels, a park assist system, radar cruise control, lane assist, blind spot detection, a 360 degree “area view” camera, “virtual pedal” automatic tail gate opening, rear privacy glass, a heated steering wheel which shift paddles, heated and ventilated front seats with perforated leather and a memory function.
The Kodiaq is incredibly car like to drive on the road, with minimal body roll and fantastically responsive steering (although it doesn’t offer much in the way of feel) and it is entertaining and surprisingly satisfying on a winding back road, while its ride is deeply impressive as well.
While the diesel engine does have some turbo lag, once it is off the line it is a smooth and powerful performer, making for effortless open road cruising and overtaking.
The Kodiaq Style diesel costs $58,290 and comes fully loaded with an impressive amount of standard equipment, as well as those handsome looks, excellent build quality and some seriously impressive on-road abilities.