Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TSI Style Review
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clifford chow
19 Jul 2018
 

The focus is not placed on roaring performance, but passenger comfort, practicality and ease of use. All the values of which are aimed squarely with family in-mind.

Many of you know that Czech automobile brand Skoda has made a comeback…. again… but what is different this time, is that the dealership cannot be more direct than being run by the principle itself. This really is added buyer brownie points when you are looking for some peace-of-mind.

Often compared closely to its German parent, the Czech brand tends to have lots of expectations to fulfil… Questions deeply embedded into the heads of would-be buyers would be a mishmash of some the following: “is it as good as”, “Czechoslovakia”... and the like… and for heaven’s sake, the Velvet Revolution has long come and gone!

But the truth is, the Kodiaq SUV would always be compared to its Tiguan sibling from a differing mother, but both cars actually serve quite different markets. You see, while the 2.0 Tiguan  features plenty of fancy kitting, 215 horses on-tap and a formidable 350Nm of twist, and quite rivals the Golf GTi  in terms of straight line performance (6.5 seconds to 100km/h); and we sense would be an ideal substitute for those who want a GTi, but family requirements would mean they will have to purchase something a little more practical (you know, get some superb performance while still serving the family well… pfft… then again the GTi is quite the practical car).

And then there is the 2.0 Kodiaq… similar in some ways, but with a longer wheelbase, and for a good reason.

In-line with their goal of being a brand which delivers value, the Kodiaq is a 5+2 seater SUV (something which is fast-becoming quite common-place). Their 2.0 pushes out a milder 177bhp and 320Nm at a near-idle 1,400rpm, and is tuned for slightly better fuel figures, 13.5km/l versus the VW’s 12.8km/l. The Kodiaq’s century sprint timing, though at 1.8 seconds slower than the Tiguan’s, is still very respectable at 8.2 seconds.

Its 7-speed DSG transmission offers wonderfully seamless power transfer to all four wheels, though pushing the engine past 4,000rpm, reveals some flatness, and with gears holding-on instead of up-shifting to capitalise on the engine’s torque down the rev-range.

The steering is also a little lighter than its VW counterpart, and built for easier manoeuvrability, the Kodiaq’s large frame will need that when negotiating tight spaces at carpark speeds. Its long 2,791mm wheelbase is built to accommodate the added space for middle and rear passengers, and inherently delivers a comfortable ride, with a good amount of suspension travel.

The Kodiaq drives well, and feels refined, with minimal in-cabin noise, and while there are no creaks, even with the many different fixtures and panels, the folded last row of seats do tend to act up when crossing over bumps.

The focus is not placed on roaring performance, but passenger comfort, practicality and ease of use. All the values of which are aimed squarely with family in-mind.

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SGD 164,400 (10 Oct 2019)

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Engine

Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 177bhp @ 3900rpm
Torque 320Nm @ 1400rpm

Performance

Acceleration 8.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 205 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type SUV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4697 x 1882 x 1676) mm
Wheelbase 2791 mm
Turning Circle 11.6 metres

Brakes