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Skoda Kodiaq priced from £21,495

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Skoda Kodiaq

Orders will begin next month for British buyers who want the competitively-price Skoda Kodiaq.

Prices will start at £21,495 for the new seven- or five-seater Skoda Kodiaq, which will go on sale next month after making its debut at this year’s Paris Motor show.

The Skoda looks set to take on the likes of the Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe thanks to its considerably smaller price tag. It is also £900 less than the cheapest Nissan X-Trail and has a lower price tag than the five-seat VW Tiguan, which is smaller as well.

Skoda Kodiaq drives up choice

When it launches in Britain, the Skoda Kodiaq will be available with a choice of five engines and four trim levels. The entry-level price is for a five-seater S model with a TSI turbo 1.4-litre petrol producing 123bhp, which is matched with a six-speed manual transmission. It comes with 17-inch alloys, touchscreen infotainment system, DAB radio, keyless go, leather steering wheel, front assist, and Smartlink tech as standard.

Next up is the SE spec for £22,495, which benefits from 18-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, tinted windows, cruise control, eight-inch touchscreen, auto wipers and lights, and dual-zone climate control. An extra £1,000 can boost the SE spec from a five-seater to a seven-seater car.

The Skoda SE-L Kodiaq models start from £28,595 and come with seven seats as standard, together with 19-inch alloy wheels, an electric tailgate, WiFi, sat-nav, heated front seats and LED headlights. Edition Kodiaqs, meanwhile, start at £30,895 and feature chrome roof rails and additional equipment including wireless smartphone charging.

Other engine choices include a 1.4 TSI petrol with 148bhp; a 2.0 178bhp TSI petrol, which is matched exclusively with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG gearbox; a 148bhp 2.0 diesel; and a 2.0-litre diesel with 187bhp and automatic transmission. There are also plans for a 114bhp version and a performance 240bhp diesel model. A high performance vRS is another possibility.

Skoda hasn’t released all of the Kodiaq’s technical specifications but its cleanest version on launch looks set to be the lowest-powered diesel in DSK trim with front-wheel-drive. Skoda says that this will emit 131g/km or 142g/km when a manual gearbox and four-wheel-drive is added.

The higher-powered diesel can go from 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds and has emission levels of 153g/km. The high-power petrol is the fastest to accelerate, however, travelling from a standing start to 62mph in 7.8 seconds. It does create 171g/km in emissions, however.

The design of the new Skoda Kodiaq

The new Skoda Kodiaq measures 4,700mm in length and 1,882mm in width, and is 1,676mm tall. It sits on the largest version of VW’s MQB chassis ever to be used for a car destined for the European market. Just the new VW Tiguan XL is set to share a similar-length wheelbase, which measures 91mm longer than that which underpins the Santa Fe.

The Kodiaq’s crisp headlights and wide grille match the design of Skoda’s Superb but its overall stance is more angular than the Yeti, which is due to be replaced within a year-and-a-half and may well end up looking like a scaled-down version of the Kodiaq.

Despite its size, the Kodiaq only weighs 1,452kg in its petrol, front-wheel-drive form. This goes up by 80kg for a four-wheel-drive option, according to Skoda, and seven-seat models will obviously weigh a little more.

Driving Mode Select will be available with the new Skoda Kodiaq, which will allow its driver to choose different options to change everything from the gearbox software and engine response to the power steering and the air condition depending on conditions. There is also a Snow mode which changes the clutch and the anti-lock brakes to improve stability but this is only available with four-wheel-drive versions.

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