Skoda’s sporty Kodiaq

17 December 2018

SKODA has announced a sporty new version of its Kodiaq SUV to take the model even more upmarket alongside the luxurious Lauren and Klement versions.

The newcomer adopts the same vRS badge that is reserved for its highest-performance models and is due to cost about £43,000.

It gets a twin turbocharged two-litre diesel engine that generates 236bhp of power and 370lb ft of torque.

Despite weighing in at 1805kg, it can reach 60mph in just 6.8 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 135mph.

It is overtly sporty in appearance, with striking 20-inch diameter alloy wheels, a twin exhaust arrangement, matt black paint for the grille, mirrors and window surrounds, plus vRS badges.

Inside there is the customary red stitching and associated detailing, sports seats that are electrically adjustable, carbon-fibre trim, a 9.2-inch touchscreen and Skoda’s ten-colour ambient lighting system.

This vRS version is added to the line-up that also includes the L&K version costing up to £35,520. 

However, in the case of the luxury model there is the option of a small engine of just 1.5 litres with a power output of 150bhp.

This unit is added alongside another new offering of two litres, with an output of 190bhp.

These engines come with particulate filters and can be mated to a new highly-sophisticated seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.

This engine and transmission combination also applies to the two turbodiesel engines on offer, also with outputs of 150bhp and 190bhp.

Four wheel drive is standard on both 190bhp engines and is optional on the 150bhp units, with adaptive chassis control as a further cost option.

The top-of-the-range L&K model gets eye-catching 19-inch Sirius alloy wheels, full LED headlights and a different grille with vertical slats and chrome trim.

The front wings have badges bearing the words Laurin & Klement,

whilst inside there is a new three-spoke multi-function leather steering wheel.

There is also an electrically adjustable driver's seat including memory function.

Door sills are added, which bear the Kodiaq model logo, and there are aluminium pedals, textile floor mats, rain sensors for the wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, ambient lighting and a high-end Canton sound system.

The big question hanging over the latest vRS version is whether it is a big enough advance over the existing Sportline versdions, which accelerate to 60mph in about eight seconds with a 130mph top speed, to justify the extra £8,000.