Skoda Octavia in the snow

Skoda Predicts Surge In 4x4 Demand Due To The ‘Beast From The East’

Skoda Ireland is predicting a rise in demand for their 4x4 range, with the arrival of the ‘Beast from the East' this week.

Skoda's prediction follows trends seen by the car brand after the severe winter snow in 2010 and 2011, where Skoda 4x4 sales increased fivefold the following year.

According to Skoda, the idea that all-wheel-drive only provides real benefits in winter on snow-covered or icy roads is a common misconception and their all-wheel-drive technology improves active safety all year round.

Speaking about ŠKODA’s 4x4 vehicles in Ireland, Mark Mulvaney, ŠKODA PR Manager, said:

"The all-wheel-drive market is extremely weather dependent. In 2012, we saw a huge increase in sales for our 4x4 range and we expect this trend to be repeated with the arrival of the snowstorm, this week. However, our 4x4 range is not just for snow storms that happen twice every decade – each 4x4 we produce proves to be a safe and loyal work horse in many other conditions, including towing trailers and boats, as well as on rough or slippery terrain.

“We are one of the few car brands that provide all-wheel-drive options across a range of models, from the Octavia and Superb to our latest SUV additions, so those looking to change or upgrade their car have plenty of options to choose from. In fact, Skoda is one of the longest-established brands to feature all-wheel-drive technology, first testing 4x4 systems back in the 1930s.”

The Skoda Octavia, Superb, Karoq and Kodiaq ranges are all available with 4x4. For further information visit www.ŠKODA.ie


2017 Skoda Kodiaq Ireland Review

Skoda Kodiaq 2.0TDI 150hp 4x4 Review

The Skoda Kodiaq is Skoda’s first SUV and Skoda was building the hype for this new model for months before it finally arrived in Ireland earlier in 2017.

The Skoda PR machine was in overdrive but now that the Kodiaq is here and we’ve had a proper chance to experience it on Irish roads, the hype seems duly authorised.

The Skoda Kodiaq is aimed squarely at the family market and with five or seven seats depending on specification, and prices starting from a headline €28,795, the Kodiaq is certainly worth a closer look.

That headline figure is for an entry level, five seat, 1.4-litre TSI 125hp petrol model. Diesels starts from €35,495. To turn your Kodiaq into a seven seater, it’s an extra €1000 on the list price.

There is a lot on offer here. Built on the Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB platform, the Skoda Kodiaq follows that great Skoda tradition of being enormous inside.

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The Skoda Kodiaq is available as a five or seven seat SUV

And while there are a lot of rival seven seat MPVs that offer similar space, the Kodiaq is wrapped in a far more desirable package with the kerb appeal of an SUV. The Kodiaq has the sort of attitude that implies that it would not look out of place in a field or forest, or pulling something like a caravan or horse box.

The interior of the Kodiaq is classic Skoda: well-made, functional and clearly laid out. The quality in my ‘Style’ test car was really excellent with nice seats and a good mix of dashboard materials.

In Ireland Kodiaq is offered with three trim levels: Active (from €28,795), Ambition (from €32,475) and Style (from €38,495). 17” alloys, cruise control and air con come as standard and all trims come with a touchscreen varying in size depending on specification with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. There is plenty of good storage too around the cabin, always necessary for a family on the move.

Step up to Ambition for 18” alloys, keyless engine start, silver roof rails, and front and rear parking sensors. Equipment on Style models includes 19” alloys, keyless entry, full LED headlights, Alcantara upholstery, interior ambient lighting and a rear view camera.

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The interior of the Skoda Kodiaq

Regardless of whether you choose a five or seven seat model, the Kodiaq has large footwells in the back and boot space in excess of 650 litres. Seven seat models allow more flexibility for families as the two extra seats can be stowed snugly in the boot floor when not in use. The space in the third row is tight of course and more suited for children, but because you can slide the rear seats forwards, you can create more legroom. Even with the two extra seats in place, Skoda has managed to eke out 270 litres of boot space.

In terms of engines for new Kodiaq, the range kicks off with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol unit with 125bhp (manual) or 150bhp (DSG automatic). The 2.0-litre diesel comes with 150 or 190bhp, with the higher powered version reserved for DSG 4×4 models. The best for economy is the 2.0-litre TDI 150hp DSG returning up to 58mpg with motor tax of €280 per year.

My test car was powered by the 2.0-litre 150hp diesel with a manual gearbox. It feels powerful enough in the Kodiaq and it’s not too noisy. On the road, the Kodiaq may be large but it doesn’t feel too unwieldy and there is a pleasant light feel to all the controls. There is body roll in corners but the car grips so well that it is all really well contained. The steering weights up well on the open road, and while the Kodiaq is by no means a sporty drive the steering offers enough resistance for the Kodiaq to be a safe and predictable drive. You will feel a little bit of the bumps and ruts that you will find around town at low speeds, but generally the Kodiaq rides comfortably and smoothly.

With demand rising for seven seat SUVs, the Skoda Kodiaq will easily find its market. The Kodiaq is easy to recommend and makes a fantastic value proposition for buyers looking for a large family car that’s practical but stylish.

2017 Skoda Kodiaq Ireland Review
The Skoda Kodiaq makes a great family car with kerb appeal

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Skoda Kodiaq Style 2.0TDI 150hp 4X4 (7 seat)
Price: 
€41,395 (Range starts at €28,795)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
150hp
Torque: 340Nm
0-100km/h:  
9.8 seconds
Top speed: 194km/h
Economy: 
51mpg
CO2 emissions:  
141g/km
Motor tax: 
€390 per year

If you are looking for a seven seater you might also like this review of the Renault Grand Scenic.


Skoda Kodiaq Ireland Review

Skoda Kodiaq First Drive Review

The Skoda Kodiaq is Skoda’s much anticipated new 5/7-seat SUV. It’s just arrived in Ireland and promises to shake up the large family SUV segment for a combination of space, style and good value. I had the opportunity to drive the new Kodiaq at the Irish press launch.

Styling

Skoda design has gone upmarket in recent years and the Kodiaq follows the same sharp new design language that debuted with the Skoda Superb in 2015. The robust, chiselled good looks should single it out easily in the car park. There are a total of fourteen colours to choose from, ranging from the usual suspects of grey, white and black, to red and bright blue.

Interior

The interior design of the new Kodiaq is simple and understated, while the quality is good for this class of vehicle. All models come with a touchscreen, though higher spec models have larger 8” screens in the centre of the dash. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all models.

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Interior of the new Skoda Kodiaq

Practicality

There is choice of a five or seven seat Kodiaq, with just €1000 in the difference. There are three large individual seats in the second row. In seven seat vehicles, there are two individual seats in the third row and sliding the row 2 seats forward a little makes this space much more practical for carrying children and maybe even adults occasionally! Headroom is best in class. In five seat mode, there is a class leading 720 litres of boot space, while in seven seat mode there is 270 litres.

Engines

The range kicks off with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol unit with 125bhp (manual) or 150bhp (DSG automatic). The 2.0-litre diesel comes with 150 or 190bhp, with the higher powered version reserved for DSG automatic 4x4 models. The best for economy is the 2.0-litre TDI 150hp DSG returning up to 58mpg with motor tax of €280 per year. At the launch, I drove the 2.0-litre TDI 150bhp 4x4 with a manual gearbox. The engine returns good performance with 0-100km achieved in 9.8 seconds in 7 seat versions, while the 6-speed manual gearbox is nice to use and the engine never gets too raucous when pushed.

On the road

The Skoda Kodiaq is easy to drive and agile for its size with light controls. The light steering makes it easy to manouvre around town and on tight country roads, but there is roll in corners when pushed hard. The Kodiaq has a soft, compliant ride and the cabin is soundproofed well.

Equipment

There are three trim levels for new Skoda Kodiaq in Ireland – Active, Ambition and Style. Standard equipment includes air con, 17” alloys, and cruise control. Step up to Ambition for 18” alloys, keyless engine start, silver roof rails, and front and rear parking sensors. Style models add 19” alloys, keyless entry, full LED headlights, alcantara upholstery, interior ambient lighting, rear view camera, navigation and Skoda Connect with a number of driver assistance features.

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The new Kodiaq is available with five or seven seats

Pricing

The 5 seat Kodiaq range starts at €28,795 and the 7 seater at €29,795 for the entry 1.4-litre petrol.  Diesels start from €35,495.

Rivals

Skoda list the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Ford Kuga and Nissan X-Trail as the main competition for new Kodiaq.

Verdict

With demand for cool-looking seven seat SUVs, the Skoda Kodiaq will easily find its market and Skoda Ireland is already selling new Kodiaq to buyers who have not bought Skoda before. The entry price into the range is attractive, but the diesels are significantly more expensive, though still competitive with rivals. Easy to drive with capable engines and an understated but quality interior, the new Kodiaq is impossible to ignore in the large family car market.

Caroline Kidd


Skoda Kodiaq Ireland

Irish Pricing And Specs For Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Ireland has revealed Irish pricing and specifications for the new five and seven-seat Kodiaq SUV. Pricing will start from €28,795 and the Kodiaq will be launching in Ireland in March.

There will be three trim levels (Active, Ambition and Style), five engine and transmission options and fourteen different exterior colour options. A seven seat option will also be available for €1,000 more than the standard five seat model.

The range kicks off with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol with 125hp. The diesel range starts at €35,495 for a 2.0-litre with 150hp and a DSG automatic gearbox. 4x4 models start from €36,495.

Standard equipment includes 17” alloys, cruise control, Bluetooth, Climatronic air conditioning and Smartlink+ technology for smartphone integration with the infotainment system (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto).

The Ambition trim level (from €30,995) adds features such as 18” alloys, keyless engine start, silver roof rails, and front and rear parking sensors.

The top of the range Style trim level (from €38,495) includes additional features such as 19” alloys, keyless entry, LED headlights, Alcantara upholstery, interior ambient lighting, a rear-view camera and 8” Columbus Navigation system with an additional 4G LTE SIM card slot to enable a high speed Wi-Fi hotspot within the car (data plans sold separately) and a host of additional connected services from ŠKODA Connect.

ŠKODA Connect (Mobile Online Services) offers enhanced real time route planning, real time parking and petrol prices in the locality, customisable newsfeed, weather, customisable points of interest, in addition to other online services. A second ŠKODA Connect solution, which is also standard on all trim lines, offers additional functionality like remote access to the vehicle via the new ŠKODA Connect Mobile App and a number of additional driver assistance solutions. One such driver assistance feature is the Emergency Call (e-Call) function, which will automatically call the emergency services once an airbag is activated to further improve occupant safety.

Caroline Kidd