Skoda has a fullsize SUV, and it seems to use all of the goodness the VW Group has to offer.
Large SUV sales have being booming in recent years, all over the world. So it’s not really surprise that Czech automaker Skoda has used the Paris Motor Show to debut its first large sport utility, called Kodiaq.
You’ll quickly see Volkswagen Group origins in the rather plush Kodiak interior, which seem quite similar to the Touareg, and quite plush. You can see the group’s influence in the crisp lines of the profile, too, but that dominating grille treatment is all Skoda (for better or worse).
Of course it’s set to come with a full compliment of engines, typical for a European hauler. There are turbocharged gas engines of 1.4- and 2.0-litres, as well as a 2.0-litre turbodiesel that seems likely to dominate sales. Transmissions are varied too: six- and seven-speed DSGs, and of course an available six-speed manual. What’s more, the Kodiaq can be had in two- and four-wheel drive.
It’s a compelling product. Perhaps the biggest hurdle for the Kodiaq is for it to overcome the greatness of Skoda’s own Superb Wagon – a vehicle that has quietl a few fans among the Motor1 staffers.