Skoda Ireland tells us that their new Kodiaq RS will be priced at €62,295, when it arrives in January. Standard specification includes 20” alloy wheels, virtual cockpit display, interior ambient lighting, dynamic chassis control, dynamic sound boost and progressive steering.
The Kodiaq RS is the first SUV from the brand to join the infamous ‘Rally Sport’ family and it will be powered by a new 2.0TDI 240hp bi-turbo 4×4 DSG engine and gearbox combination. Skoda says that makes it the most powerful production diesel engine in the history of the brand.
It comes with five seats as standard, a seven seat option is available for just €1,000 extra.
From the outside, the sporty RS appearance is obvious from the gloss-black elements and exterior detailing which emphasises the cars performance aspirations.
Inside, the Kodiaq RS combines the new sporty cabin design with a high degree of comfort and a generous amount of space. The sporty flair of the interior is emphasised by the Alcantara upholstery with contrasting red stitching, the carbon decor on the instrument panel, black roof lining and stainless steel pedals. The door sills featuring the Kodiaq logo and the interior ten-colour LED ambient lighting also come as standard and complete the look.
The freely programmable Virtual Cockpit, which is again standard, allows drivers to choose between five different display settings including a new ‘Sports View’ and blends into the dashboard nicely thanks to the carbon-effect display surroundings. The Kodiaq RS also offers numerous Simply Clever features that make everyday life easier, including the umbrella compartment in the front door and mis-fueling prevention as standard.
In terms of performance, the Kodiaq RS comes equipped with a 2.0TDI bi-turbo engine that provides a power output of 240hp and maximum torque of 500 Nm. It is the first ŠKODA model to be launched with biturbo technology. The two-stage turbocharging system consists of a high‑pressure and a low-pressure exhaust gas turbocharger. The high‑pressure turbocharger works at low loads and low engine speeds while the low‑pressure charger is used at high speeds. The result is an SUV that accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds (five-seater model) with a top speed of 221 km/h. This Kodiaq RS is powerful, and Skoda Ireland claims that it is yet extremely efficient with a claimed average fuel consumption of just 6.4 litres of diesel per 100 km.
It adds that the standard all-wheel drive system ensures the best-possible traction at all times, providing excellent driving dynamics in all conditions. A lighter and more compact fifth-generation electronically controlled multi-plate clutch distributes power variably to all four wheels within milliseconds and can send up to 85 per cent of torque to one specific wheel. Electronic differential locks at the front and rear also prevent individual wheels from spinning on the same axle with the spinning wheel slowed automatically and torque transferred to an alternative wheel for better traction.
The Kodiaq RS comes equipped with Dynamic Chassis Control as standard, which provides optimal shock absorption to suit the surface and driving style. Driving Mode Select also allows the driver to manually choose from Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Snow modes with an additional option for individual customisation which correspondingly adjusts settings for the dampers and can activate an off-road mode as required.
Standard equipment also includes the new ‘Dynamic Sound Boost’ which is used for the first time by Skoda. It’s a system that modulates the sound of the car by using a dedicated control unit to read signals such as the engine speed, torque, gear selection and speed. It calculates these signals by using complex algorithms while a sound actuator, which is positioned close to the exhaust tailpipe, produces a synthetic sound to match, creating an emotive and sporty sound. The driver has the ability to generate different sounds depending on the driving mode selected or alternatively customise their preferences manually.