Skoda Kodiaq dealer launch – by Guest Blogger Richard Gartland.
THE Superb has long been the tatinek* of the Czech firm’s range sitting confidently at the head of the family, proclaiming just how good it is using just its moniker.
Fortunately for Skoda, it is just that, superb. However, there is a new pretender to the patriarch of Skoda, in the Kodiaq.
Up until now only families of five could enjoy the value and smugness of Skoda ownership with larger broods having to look elsewhere in the VW family and beyond for their transport.
The Kodiaq now allows the grandparents to come along for the ride, but, the question is, will it live up to the billing or will the widely acclaimed Superb still dominate the range?
Getting a sneak preview of the Kodiaq, albeit a left hooker, in Darlington, didn’t disappoint.
Behind the sharp nose and LED accents you find a large SUV that looks much better in the flesh than it does in magazine images. It’s big. Much bigger than the trusty Yeti but still manages to look well-proportioned with its chunky alloys filling the wheel arches and setting off the bright white paint job splendidly.
Stepping inside just shows how far Skoda has come in recent years. Functional, yet stylish. Solid but pleasing to touch and view. The now obligatory central screen is bright and clear and knows when you are about to touch it, bringing up further options that don’t clutter the screen when you’re on your way to school, or climbing a mountain. It’s a nice place to be.
Skoda keeps telling us they are simply clever. They are. When you open any door a plastic lip appears on the edge to protect your shiny paintwork whilst the tow bar pops out at the touch of a button from its hiding place under the bumper until you’re finished and put it back to sleep. Clever on both fronts, simply.
The fact that folk were ordering the car last night, just on the basis of having a quick look, tells you all you need to know about the reputation that Skoda now commands.
Let’s hope that when they take delivery and actually drive the Kodiaq they think that it is, well, superb. I don’t think they’ll be disappointed.
Engine: 1.4 petrol or 2.0 diesel
Power: 125, 150, 180 or 190PS
Transmission: Six-speed manual or DSG auto