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2017 Skoda KODIAQ Launch Review

2017 Skoda KODIAQ Road Test and Review…

The Skoda brand finally has a seven-seat SUV available and I got along to the Australian launch of the new model yesterday.

The boundaries between the giant Volkswagen Group’s brands are completely porous when it comes to engineering and electronic technology sharing, and the KODIAQ lands with a swag of efficiency and safety features from its parent.

The Skoda KODIAQ is one of the better value SUV packages on offer.

Offered with a 132kW and 320Nm turbo-petrol engine linked to a slick DSG gearbox, the KODIAQ blended lively performance with precision and comfort during the release drive from Sydney’s peak hour chaos to the rolling, largely traffic-free hills of the Hunter Valley.

KODIAQ’s $42,990 starting price pitches it against some serious competition, principally Hyundai’s Santa Fe and Mazda’s two-wheel drive CX-9.

But the new Skoda delivers a broad array of comfort, convenience and safety features to add value to family escapes.

Although KODIAQ isn’t a serious off-roader, the all-wheel drive system deserves special mention.

A multi-plate electronic clutch varies torque to each wheel constantly. Up to 85 per cent can be sent to any individual wheel.

It provides a huge primary safety margin for driving precious family in treacherous conditions.

And with off-road mode engaged, the system automatically provides descent control that is easily varied by the driver’s right foot.

On the highway, the two-litre four is ultra-quiet and only stumbles when the transmission gets a mixed message from the driver.

Inside the car is loaded with enough comfort, entertainment and connectivity features to justify a premium price.

There’s plenty of leg, head and shoulder room in the front and middle row of seats.

But the back row is definitely for the naughty kids.

Skoda dealers can now sell an all-wheel drive European seven-seater that uses just 7.6l/100kms and competes strongly with established volume champions.

Throw in the five-year/unlimited km warranty, and the offering is pretty hard to beat.

NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Skoda KODIAQ

Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 132kW/320Nm

Transmission: Seven-speed DSG auto

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: Five years

Origin: Czech Republic

Price: from $42,990

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About David Meredith 3 Articles
David tests and writes about anything with wheels for a range of motoring and transport publications. The smallest hatchbacks in the ‘burbs, triple road trains in the Pilbara’s 51-degree heat, and fast movers on Aussie racetracks. In between, a two-acre retreat in Perth shared with Val, his wife of 45-years, keeps him grounded.

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