Here’s a jaw-dropper for you – new Skoda Kodiaq prices will start from £21,495 when ordering opens in November 2016. For a large seven-seat SUV, that’s remarkable, no?
Just one small issue. The £21,495 Kodiaq, er, doesn’t actually have seven seats. You can only get them on SE models, and then only if you pay £1,000 more. So if you really want to get a seven-seat Skoda SUV, you have to pay from £23,945. Cheeky Skoda.
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All models get standard air con, 17-inch alloys, LED running lights, DAB radio, smartphone connectivity and touchscreen infotainment. So the £21,495 ‘S’ variant is no stripped-out entry special, either.
SE models, as mentioned, cost from £22,945, and include bigger 18-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, dark rear glass, cruise control and a fancier touchscreen system. Cruise control, climate control and rain plus light sensors are standard.
We’ve covered the optional seats bit…
Want something fancier still? SE L models are priced from £28,595 and have seven seats (hurrah!), all of them trimmed in Alcantara, plus 19-inch alloys, sat nav, wifi, heated front seats and LED headlights.
You want more, don’t you. OK, how about the launch Edition? That has full leather, Lane Assist, blind spot detection, wireless charging, an alternative 19-inch alloy wheel design, metallic paint and chrome roof rails. It costs from £30,695. Which is still a whole heap of cash less than a new Land Rover Discovery.
Engines? Pick from a 1.4-litre TSI petrol with either 125hp or 150hp (the latter has ACT cylinder deactivation), or a 2.0-litre TSI with 180hp.
Diesels will sell best though: they’re all 2.0-litre TDIs with either 150hp, 190hp or, a little later, 115hp.
Base 125hp petrol and 115hp diesel Kodiaqs drive only the front wheels, but most of the others have four-wheel drive. Choose from either manual or DSG automatic gearboxes.
There’s a whole host of Skoda-first features available on the Kodiaq, but one of our favourites is one of the most practicality-focused: a door edge protection system. When you open the door, it pops out, to stop you scratching the door edge on walls. Shut the door and it slides back out of view.
It’s one of 30 ‘Simply Clever’ features on the new Kodiaq, from ice scrapers in the fuel filler flap to umbrellas in the doors – and seven of them, including those door edge protectors are new to the big Skoda SUV.