The Skoda Kodiaq will roll into Australian showrooms from the end of this month, with the big Czech SUV to be the first seven-seat vehicle offered by the carmaker in this country.
And with a starting price of $42,990, the Kodiaq is sharply positioned to compete with other AWD petrol seven-seaters in the large SUV segment, like the Toyota Kluger, Nissan Pathfinder and Mazda CX-9.
The Kodiaq will be offered in a single grade with a 132kW 2.0-litre turbo powertrain, dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive system being the sole mechanical configuration on offer. Three option packages will be available (more on those later), but the standard specification level is intended to provide all of the necessities:
- Active cruise control
- Keyless entry and ignition
- Dual-zone climate control
- LED headlamps
- Fog lamps
- Powered tailgate
- Electric parking brake
- Sliding second row
- Integrated sun blinds for rear doors
- Removable LED torch in boot
- 8-inch infotainment screen
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring
- USB, Bluetooth DVD, CD, AM/FM audio
- Satellite navigation
- Leather/Alcantara upholstery
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Nine airbags
- Fatigue monitoring
- Integrated door ding protection
In terms of performance, the Kodiaq’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine makes 132kW of power and 320Nm of torque, driving all four wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Fuel economy comes in at 7.6L/100km on the combined cycle.
A 140kW turbo diesel variant will join the range later in 2017, however pricing and specifications have yet to be announced for that variant.
Three packages will be offered from launch: a Tech pack, Luxury pack and a limited-edition Special Launch pack.
The Tech pack includes electronically-adjustable dampers with multiple driving modes, a hands-free function for the powered tailgate, a premium 10-speaker stereo, parking assist and an offroad mode.
Ticking the box for the Luxury pack brings electrically-adjustable and ventilated front seats, front and rear heated seats, perforated leather upholstery in black or beige, lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring, a top-down camera view, three-zone climate control, rear traffic alert and self-dimming wing mirrors.
Thos opting for the Special Launch pack bundles all of the features of the Tech Pack with 19-inch black alloys, plus lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, the top-down camera view, and rear traffic alert.
Skoda Kodiaq 4x4 132TSI - $42,990
Tech pack - $2500
Luxury pack - $4900
Special Launch pack - $5900
Metallic/pearlescent paint - $700
Panoramic roof - $1900
19-inch anthracite ‘Triglav’ alloys - $1650