2017 Skoda KodiaqSeptember 1, 2016
The 2017 Skoda Kodiaq is the brand’s first large SUV and it offers fuel economy of up to 56.5mpg, as well as the option for seven seats and a towing capacity of up to 2.5 tonnes. It will be available from early 2017.
There will be five powertrains – two TDI and three TSI engines – making up the engine range at the launch of the Skoda Kodiaq. They have capacities of 1.4 and 2.0-litre, and power output ranges from 125 PS to 190 PS.
The diesel and petrol engines feature turbocharged direct injection and fulfil EU6 emission standards. All engines feature a Stop-Start system, brake energy recovery and a powerful thermo-management system, contributing to low consumption.
The 2.0 TDI is available in two versions. The first version generates 150 PS and 340 Nm. The top-of-the-range version delivers 190 PS and 400 Nm. The entry-level TDI has official combined fuel economy of 56.5mpg and 131g/km CO2.
The most powerful diesel engine accelerates the large SUV from 0-60mph in 8.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of up to 130 mph.
The range of petrol engines consists of two 1.4 TSI engines and one 2.0 TSI. The entry-level version of the compact four-cylinder generates 125 PS and 200 Nm of torque. Its NEDC consumption is 47.1mpg and 140g/km CO2.
In the more powerful version, the 1.4-litre produces 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Its ACT system – Active Cylinder Technology – shuts down the second and third cylinders when the load and engine speed are low.
The top-of-the-range 2.0 TSI petrol engine features a new combustion process for high efficiency. Power output is 180 PS and torque is 320 Nm.
The Kodiaq is available with various transmission technologies. Depending on the engine, there is a 6-speed manual gearbox or DSG transmissions with six or seven speeds.
The new 7-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission is making its debut in a Skoda and has been designed for powerful engines with torque of up to 600 Nm.
The driver can operate the 7-speed DSG in automatic mode, or control it manually using the gear lever or steering wheel paddles. In Eco mode the Kodiaq will coast at speeds above 12mph when the driver takes their foot off the accelerator.
Both top-of-the-range engines – the TDI with 190 PS and the TSI with 180 PS – are coupled with the 7-speed DSG and all-wheel drive. The 1.4 TSI with 150PS and all-wheel drive is available with either the manual 6-speed transmission or 6-speed DSG; front-wheel drive is coupled with the 6-speed DSG.
The entry-level diesel with all-wheel drive is offered with the manual 6-speed transmission or the 7-speed DSG; the front-wheel-drive version is offered solely with the 7-speed DSG. The entry-level TSI is available with manual 6-speed transmission and front-wheel drive.
The all-wheel-drive system with electronic control is available for most engine variants. The centrepiece of the all-wheel drive is an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch which works intelligently and quickly. The control unit constantly calculates the ideal driving torque for the rear axle; loss of traction is virtually eliminated due to a control system that is dependent on driving status and when in overrun or at low load, drive is via the front axle, which saves fuel.