Can this posh Skoda justify the price tag?
Skoda Kodiaq 4×4 Sportline
Engine:2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel
Gearbox: 7-spd automatic
Kerb weight: 1720kg
Top speed: 129mph
Numbers count. And if you’re counting numbers, then you’d be impressed you could buy a Skoda Kodiaq for just £20,720. But not this one. For this one you’d need to find £37,120, assuming you didn’t add any extras. That’s a teensy little jump, so how justified is it?
For the price of a Land Rover Discovery Sport or a BMW X3, you would be buying a Kodiaq which comes laden with standard equipment including, of course, the attraction of seven seats. It also looks very good, the exterior accents and large alloys making it look pretty beefy.
The 2.0-litre diesel under the bonnet backs up that impression with 187bhp and a juicy 295lb ft of torque. That all feeds through the seven-speed DSG transmission to the front wheels – the rears kick in when traction is lost, with absolutely no delay.
With maximum torque from only 1750rpm there’s plenty of gutsy response when you press the pedal, so under most circumstances you’ll feel like you have more than enough grunt. However you’ll need to work it rather harder to make a B-road overtake stick, at which point you’ll hear as well as be aware that you have a diesel providing the motive power.
At steady speeds it settles down considerably, although the big wing mirrors make a bit of wind roar. The ride at higher speeds is also nice and steady, comfortably dealing with the road’s imperfections.
Sadly at lower speeds that stability starts to get a bit fractured, with some bangs and thumps making their way into the cabin. Adaptive suspension would help with this, (as would smaller wheels) but our vehicle came with the standard passive dampers, and you were aware of that fact driving round town.
However, the driver and front passenger do get to sit in some deep Sportsline seats, complete with Alcantara, electric adjustment and memory. They’re wafted by the dual-zone climate control, and the driver has a 9.2-inch infotainment screen to play with too. It’s really very good, but elsewhere this is rather a VW Group cabin.
That means everything fits well and seems very sturdy but it’s not exactly stylish and, to reinforce that this is a Skoda not further up the Group’s offering, there are normal dials in front of the driver rather than a digital display. However, that doesn’t detract from the seriously long list of standard kit, including those 20-inch alloys, LED headlights and a really whole lot more.
You wouldn’t find all this kit in a Discovery Sport or an X3, but then this isn’t such a premium badge. How you weigh all that up is of course your business, but in terms of value for money this looks strong, and those looks also help separate it out from the many other – but less spec’d – Kodiaqs you’ll see on the road. This is a pretty useful number.