The Kodiaq offers a choice of five engines, three gasoline and two diesel.
We're testing the weaker diesel engine, the 2 litre TDI with 110 kilowatts of power. This model also has permanent all-wheel drive and seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The bear can leap from zero to 100 kilometers an hour in 9.8 seconds.
Front Assist with City Emergency Brake and Pedestrian Protection is standard. The function initiates braking automatically to make city driving safer. A Manoeuvre Assist minimizes the risk of collision while reversing. The System Area View is a new addition for Skoda. It offers virtual displays of the area around the vehicle, making it easier to drive in confusing situations or rough terrain.
From the front, the bear looks tough but not aggressive.
Our test vehicle is outfitted with the top of the range 'Style' option. It has a great feel and the workmanship is of the highest quality. In Germany the price of our test model starts at just under 40-thousand euros. But with fewer features and a smaller engine you can get a Kodiaq for a little over 26-thousand.
The third row seats fold down easily when they're not in use.
While in Sport mode, the Kodiaq delivers high performance and top speeds, in Eco mode it activates the freewheel function. As soon as the driver takes their foot off the pedal when travelling over 20 kilometres an hour the engine is uncoupled from the gearbox and kicks into coasting mode.