It’s no secret that Australians love high-riding vehicles. Utes and SUVs often figure in best-selling lists, including those from brands like Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Ford. Beyond these names, however, there’s another company that’s making waves in the SUV category: Czech carmaker Skoda.
Since the company arrived in 2007, more than 20,000 Australians have been enjoying quality European vehicles from this carmaker without a high price tag. In particular, the seven-seat crossover Skoda Kodiaq has become something of a cult favourite among SUV lovers. Here’s a quick list of reasons to make you consider the Kodiaq as your new SUV
It’s Capable and Handles Well
The Skoda Kodiaq is a 4×4 equipped with a capable 2.0-litre turbo-charged petrol engine, powerful enough to ferry up to seven people with ease. Thanks to 320 Nm of torque, acceleration is stellar even when you load up with cargo. In ideal conditions, you can go from 0 to 100 in 8.2 seconds. Along with the respectable hauling power and acceleration, the Skoda Kodiaq is also a delight to handle. Cornering is smooth and steering is light and easy, with satisfying and precise reaction times to ensure safety and driving comfort. The brakes are also surprisingly pleasant with a lot of bite.
The latest editions of the Kodiaq also boasts a new technology, with an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch. In normal conditions, you can enjoy the benefits of a front-wheel drive. When the situation calls for it, you can engage the coupling of the rear axle to convert to 4×4 action.
Behind the Skoda Kodiaq’s sleek looks is a roomy interior. When the seats are folded flat, you have a whopping 2,005-litre cargo capacity! In fact, even if you have the third row of seats occupied, you’ll still have 270 litres available. That’s more than enough for your groceries or for stowing a few holiday bags, picnic gear, or camping accessories. You can also slide the seats back so that even when you have seven people aboard, there’s still enough wiggle room to make sure everyone’s comfy.
It Has High-Quality Interiors and Unique Features
The Kodiaq’s interiors are simple and no-nonsense, but behind that all-business look is luxury. In particular, seats upholstered in black Alcantara leather come as a standard in all Kodiaqs. You’ll also enjoy three-zone air-conditioning, which allows the driver, second-row, and third-row passengers to control the temperature independently. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised with the secret umbrellas hiding in the front doors and the soft blankets under the boot floor.
Standard safety features also include autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Options also include lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. You’ll also be able to take advantage of a premium sound system, wireless phone charging, adaptive chassis control, self-parking, and hands-free tailgate operation.
Skoda added cabin soundproofing, so even when you rev up the 2.0-litre engine, you can hardly hear the noise. It works hard, but it doesn’t sound like it! What’s even better is that you can’t feel a lot of vibrations when you accelerate. When you step outside, the engine’s rumbles are muted as well. For its size and compared to its rivals, the Skoda Kodiaq is a quiet but high-performing contender.
The Skoda Kodiaq can be yours for under $48,000 for the base TSI model. More than the price tag, however, this SUV is also economical and efficient. The latest Skoda Kodiaq promises even better fuel economy at 7.6L / 100 km. With the Kodiaq’s 60-litre capacity, that means you can go for nearly 800 kilometres in one full tank.
Are you in the market for a new vehicle? Perhaps you should consider the Skoda Kodiaq. It’s a favourite among Australians for lots of great reasons!