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Skoda Kodiaq: purchase advice – AUTO BILD

Do you know this rule? “Never change a winning team!” It comes from coach Alf Ramsey, who in 1966 led the British national soccer team to the world championship title in his own country (4-2 after extra time against Germany, but that’s another topic …). At Skoda in the Czech Mladá Boleslav (the local football club plays the first division), those responsible seem to think similarly. Because the untrained eye probably only recognizes the facelift of the brand’s biggest star at a second or third glance.

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From a purely visual point of view, there was also relatively little need for regeneration. The Skoda Kodiaq has one still a striking SUV lookwithout being too muscular. One small change here and there there are of course anyway. Off, off, the light is off? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that. At the front, Skoda donated the LED daytime running lights in a new form in addition to a slightly modified grill. Also LED headlights are now standard. Luminosity Matrix LEDs are available for a moderate surcharge of 1090 euros for the Ambition line, above which they are part of the basic equipment. The back (s) does not remain untouched either, gets a new apron and fresh rear lights. The Skoda lettering is now emblazoned above the tailgate as a jersey advertising. The Kodiaq only bears the company logo, the flying arrow, on the outside of the hood. Before we get to the public viewing of the interior, a few words in advance: Nothing changes in the dimensions of the Kodiaq, it remains at 4.69 meters in length. The bar is 1.67 meters. And in width it is still 1.88 meters – 2.08 meters with mirrors.
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Skoda knows how to avoid it. The steering wheel heating can now be found in the left spoke, no longer in the touch display.

A fully digital instrument cluster is new

The experience that Skoda has a real talent for skilful use of space up to seven people of course with the facelift of the Kodiaq. Large and small players alike can comfortably enter what feels like the size of the football field via the generously dimensioned doors. Is a foul looming? the optional door edge protection from the Family equipment package (320 euros) protects the paintwork when the youngsters are not playing fair. The captain is now looking up fully digital instrument cluster. The requirement is the Ambition line – and the Amundsen package for 1790 euros. This also includes a GPS, Apple Car Play (wireless), acoustic glazing, a 230 V socket and much more.

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The steering wheel and the two very comfortable seats for the driver and front passenger are also new. Even the variant without any electrical adjustment or the like scores with great convenience. If you want electrical adjustment including a memory function, which we generally only recommend when the captain changes frequently, you have to choose the Style line or the top L&K variant. Then the front seats are also ventilated.

Our tip: the family package for 320 euros

We come to the exchange bank: The sliding seat set at the back leaves more than enough space for free development. There is plenty of head and legroom, and with the optional panoramic sliding roof, the interior looks as airy as a football stadium. A clear one We recommend buying the sleep package for 440 euros. This includes fold-out headrests at the back, a blanket with a pocket and comfort floor mats. In the future, passengers will probably fight more for the seats in the back than for the two in the storm. We also advise you to do the already mentioned Family package for 320 euros. In addition to the door edge protection, you get sun blinds for the rear windows as well as a small removable trash can that fits in the door. Skoda’s slogan “Simply Clever” is well deserved, because little helpers and well thought-out extras of all kinds can be found everywhere. Would you like some examples? The ice scraper in the tank lid is already considered a classic, plus things like the umbrellas in the front doors (if you want to play in England too), the practical funnel for the washer fluid or the double glove compartment. For 130 euros there is even a USB-C port in the inside mirror. For example, if you like to mount a dashcam for video evidence, you can save yourself the hassle of laying the cable for the power connection.
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The third row of seats is only suitable for children

The trunk is also really not a penalty area. As an extra, we recommend the variable loading floor for 190 euros, available from the Ambition line. Whoever saves it has one Not insignificant level with the rear seat folded down. The problem is solved if you insert another chain of three. The third row of seats (from 1390 euros) compensates for the step. the Seats can be set up and lowered very easily, but offer enough space for children at most. In addition the maximum trunk volume drops from 2065 to 2007 liters – justifiable.

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We don’t find the wonderfully easy handling everywhere in the Kodiaq – for example on the display board. The moderate infotainment (8 or 9.2 inches) of the VW Group deserves praise because it is not based on the Golf 8 or similar new products. But there is no question of perfection, we recommend that if possible Use of Apple CarPlay. The regulation of the temperature (on request with three zones for 270 euros) can still be found within easy reach under the display. The high-gloss look is a bit annoying here, as the keys are difficult to identify depending on the amount of sunlight – a minor thing.

Alternative drives are not available

The tactics for the engines are completely new: Skoda does not yet offer alternative drives for the Kodiaq. Whether a plug-in hybrid with 204, alternatively 245 hp from the 1.4 eHybrid unit or GTE will follow is still up for debate. The RS has already been changed. Skoda changes 240 biturbo diesel four-wheel hp to 245 Golf GTI four-wheel drive. The new Kodiaq RS does not balance its mass (-60 kilograms) quite as fast, but in return scores with ease of revving. In combination with the progressive steering and the adaptive chassis (both standard on the RS) briefly comes the GTI feeling. Long live the sport! Weight and structure then set limits sooner than later, whereby the all-wheel drive helps with clean guidance and brisk acceleration out of corners. And the fan singing? The Czechs weren’t idle when it came to acoustic support. The sound generator produces a suitable RS sound, no longer looks so artificial.
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The top model is the Kodiaq RS. At the bottom of the price list it starts at 30,720 euros. That’s what the lean Active line is for. Skoda hardly offers any extras here.

At least it should be the Ambition line

If you rely more on the fast straight line over several hundred kilometers, Skoda offers one Two-liter four-cylinder with 200 hp. Well-insulated, the unit is already in use throughout the Group, and thanks to two SCR catalytic converters, it cleans even more efficiently. If you are not ready to spend a stately 45,440 or 49,720 euros as a transfer fee, stay two petrol engines with 150 (1.5 liter displacement) and 190 hp (2.0 liter displacement, all-wheel drive series) and a diesel with 150 hp and optional all-wheel drive (4720 euros)that start much cheaper. By the way, it starts at 30,720 euros with the rather meager line Active – which is also not so easy to be pepped up, because in this case Skoda does not offer many extras.
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129 | 132 g / km • Euro 6d

30,720 euros | 32,690 euros

The 150 hp guarantee you no rush of speed, but will bring you reliably to your destination. The basic engine is our tip for those who drive infrequently. Stick with the handset and invest the additional costs of the DSG in extras.

The surcharge for 40 additional PS, the DSG and all-wheel drive looks steep, but Skoda starts with the Style line, not Active. With the optional trailer hitch (890 euros including electrical unlocking) it tows a maximum of 2200 kilograms.

The RS diesel is no longer available, but Skoda is giving its customers a petrol RS. The unit also works in the Golf GTI, gets the large and heavier Kodiaq off the spot quickly, and in return treats itself to a lot of fuel.

– • yes, two, 20 liters of AdBlue

Connoisseurs who accumulate many kilometers will find our frequent driver tip here. Unfortunately, Skoda no longer offers a manual switch. Since the facelift, the diesels, like other group products, have been using a second SCR catalytic converter.

– • yes, two, 20 liters of AdBlue

All-wheel drive is standard on this model, as is DSG. The trailer load increases to 2.3 tons, an increase of 300 kilograms. Relaxed four-cylinder without major weaknesses, but the DSG does not really want to drive off with confidence here either.

– • yes, two, 20 liters of AdBlue

Even the RS does not pass 400 Nm to all four wheels. Very potent unit that mobilizes the Czech without any problems, although the second turbo is missing. The prices have risen significantly since the base, but the price-performance ratio is still good.

That is more of a district class. We therefore definitely recommend you at least the line Ambition. In this case, almost all optional extras are available, even without expensive package links. The entry-level engines serve all those who want to get to their destination as comfortably or economically as possible. There is usually a seven-speed DSG on board, a six-speed manual switch is only available on the small petrol engine.

The Traveler and Traveler Plus systems bring assistance on board

Speaking of cozy: You can get an adaptive chassis for 1050 eurosthat is still very comfortable even with 19- and 20-inch wheels. If you want to get the most out of appearance and comfort, order 18 inches. Referee, we know how your car drives: In the area of ​​assistance, Skoda is following suit with the Traveler (870 euros) and Traveler Plus (from 1890 euros) systems. Regular like a Adaptive cruise control, blind spot, lane guidance and parking assistant go to the field and gave no cause for complaint on our test drive. Skoda binds both systems without exception to its Amundsen and Columbus navigation packages; it does not work with the small Bolero infotainment system. Either way, the Kodiaq continues to be a hit.

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