The Kodiak is one of Alaska's largest bear species. Skoda has named its newest model after it.
4-point-7 meters long, the Kodiaq is definitely large - bigger than the VW Tiguan or the Seat Ateca. The Kodiaq's starting price is 6,000 euros higher than the Ateca's, but it's more than 30 cm longer.
As in most newer SUVs, the roof line slopes down toward the rear.
The sharply defined LED tail lights embody sportiness. They're standard equipment. All the engines for the Kodiaq are available with all-wheel drive, depending on the equipment line. We're testing a car fitted with the DSG automatic transmission and the 2-liter, 140-kilowatt diesel engine.
Skoda rates the Kodiaq's combined fuel consumption at 5-point-7 liters per 100 kilometers. It accelerates from zero to 100 in just under 9 seconds; its top speed is 209 kilometers an hour. Everything has its price, so while the cheapest Kodiaq goes for 25,500 euros in Germany, the top engine variant costs 37,000.
The Kodiaq's interior does justice to Skoda's standards: soft plastic, elegant chrome accents on the instruments and air vents, and plenty of piano black. The Skoda offers more length and more comfort.
The Kodiaq offers a choice of five different engines, two diesels and three gasoline-powered. A start-stop system and brake energy recuperation are standard in all of them.
He presses a button to shift to off-road mode; this prepares the suspension, engine management, and brakes for rough terrain, affecting starts, traction, and speed control. In the off-road mode, the hill descent assist helps braking when driving downhill in the rough. 187 millimeters of ground clearance keep the body safely above uneven ground.