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Skoda Kodiaq RS Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price

Skoda Kodiaq RS Review Australia

 

Skoda Kodiaq was built in the Czech Republic and is classed as a Large SUV. They are trying to merge two worlds of 'performance' and 'diesel-powered, seven-seat SUV'. The 2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS is a seven-seat SUV that makes a family transport fast with a punchy diesel engine and also some extraordinary performance tricks.

 

Skoda Kodiaq engine:

The Kodiaq RS comes with the most powerful diesel the Skoda family has. It has a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine that produces a healthy 176kW of power at 4000rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 1750rpm. The engine comes paired with a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, and the power is sent to all four wheels (4WD).

 

Skoda Kodiaq exterior:

The Skoda Kodiaq RS has good exterior looks. It comes with a front bumper that is deeper. This is because it has more intakes for extra toughness. On the backside, it comes with more pronounced exhaust tips. The width of the rear end is fully covered with a full-length reflector beam. The RS is blessed with 20-inch alloys, but the  235/45 tyres look pretty normal on this SUV. 

 

The good thing is that the Aussie RS comes with high-quality Continental brand ContiSportContact 5 tyres. These tyres are best in providing perfect grip and traction even if it is wet. The features that make this Skoda different and somewhat more stylish include its blacked-out cheesy smile grille, its stance and its paper-fold sharp creases. 

 

The exterior gets more enhanced looks by getting the Kodiaq’s LED light signatures at both ends. The RS  also outshines at night because of its headlights and daylight running lights. The taillight assembly also makes it distinctive, and it also provides it with an after-hours glow. 

 

Coming to the measurements of the Skoda Kodiaq RS, you will get a good length of 4697mm, 1882 in width and 1685mm in height. The crisp design of the Kodiaq RS ensures it never looks slab-sided. This put it on the pointy end of the midsize SUV segments.

 

Here is the list of features that the exterior of the Skoda Kodiaq RS includes:

 20-inch 'XTREME' alloys

 Red brake callipers

 LED automatic headlights

 LED DRLs

 Rain-sensing wipers

 Automatically opening boot 

 

Skoda Kodiaq interior:

Inside the Skoda Kodiaq, you will get super-supportive front seats that are finished in leather and Alcantara. The second-row seats of the Skoda RS also have the front-seat design elements. The cabin of the Skoda Kodiaq feels clean and comfortable. It has a tech-focused space that incorporates a  big central screen. This screen makes the cabin look more modern, and the switchgear provides a sense of quality. At the back, you also get two squared-off exhaust outlets. 

 

Although the Skoda Kodiaq RS does not look big from the outside, yet the interior is quite spacious and big! On the front seats, with comfort, you will also get plenty of space to stretch out. The two seats are separated by a wide centre console and an armrest. This armrest slides back and also provides useful storage space below. The front passengers also get a few pockets in each door and two cup holders between the seats too. In addition, the front seats are electronically adjustable, and you also get wireless charging, USB connection and umbrellas hidden in the front doors. In short, it has everything that you might need from a car. 

 

Coming towards the row at the back, you will get plenty of space here as well. The space back there is genuinely impressive and more than enough for even taller passengers. You will not have to worry about legroom as well as headroom. The space might get compromised if you try to squeeze three adults in the second row.

 

You will also get:

 Air vents with their own temp controls

 12-volt charge point

 Bottle holders in the doors

 Two ISOFIX attachment points

 

Coming to the third row, of course, the space becomes a bit tighter. The second row is on rails; that’s why you can get plenty of legroom if the second-row seats are being pushed as far as they could go.  

 

Coming to the boot space, you'll get 270 litres of space with the third row in place. In the five-seat mode, you will get 630 litres of space and a huge 2005 litres of space if the second row is folded flat as well.

 

Skoda Kodiaq safety:

Upon testing, the Kodiaq RS scored a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating. All the praises go to the nine airbags that cover all three rows. It also comes with a host of active crash avoidance systems which includes autonomous emergency braking.

 

In addition, it has the following safety features: 

 Lane-keeping assist

 Side assist

 Emergency assist

 Rear cross-traffic alert

 Blind-spot monitoring 

 Two ISOFIX anchor points

 Three top tethers

 

Skoda Kodiaq price:

The Skoda Kodiaq 2020 prices range from $44,888 for the basic trim level to $75,760 for the top of the range model.

 

Pros:

 It has plentiful power

 The front seats are super-supportive

 You will get plenty of practicality perks

 Although not so fast, yet it is satisfyingly quick

 Its surefooted handling will surprise you

 

Cons:

 It is not as sporty as the RS badge implies

 The suspension is a bit firm

 The price tag is expensive when compared to the rest of the lineup

 You will still find some low-down lag

 The adaptive dampers are very firm in Sport

 

The final verdict!

The Skoda Kodiaq is not the sportiest SUV that you would find on the market. The unique thing that makes it stand out is its extra performance, with its core family carrying duties with aplomb. If you are looking for a seven-seater that has plenty of equipment and is practical enough for long trips, then the Kodiaq RS is the right choice to make. To ensure that you are making the right decision, get its history checked by using the Quick Revs online platform. We provide a complete history of every car in Australia. 

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