The Skoda Kodiaq is one of Skoda’s most iconic and sought-after models. Striking exterior, powerful engine, and impressive size, the Kodiaq is the ideal SUV for a huge range of people, from singles to couples to families. But sometimes it can be hard to make a decision when there are so many other great SUV models out there.
The Jeep Compass is a classic in the world of SUVs. A compact crossover, the Compass has been hitting the roads for almost fifteen years. So how do the Kodiaq and Compass compare? We’re here to break it all down, from design and interior to engine and tech specs, in an effort to find out which SUV reigns supreme.
Let’s get stuck into it.
It’s hard to deny the sleek and sporty exterior design of the Skoda Kodiaq style. Aesthetics and functionality pair perfectly with this seven-seat SUV, with a butterfly-shaped radiator grille that flows seamlessly into the headlamps. Its interior is spacious and offers a whopping 2,065 litres of boot space with the third row of seats folded down, meaning you have space for whatever you need, whether you’re hitting the road for a weekend getaway, doing the weekly grocery shop for the family, or going for a nice long road trip – especially with lumbar support for your comfort.
The Jeep Compass gives you that classic Jeep style. Equally as striking as the Kodiaq, the design of the Compass stands the test of time. The front grille is not quite as sleek as the Kodiaq, but its boxier headlamps and grille definitely give it an imposing, rugged presence on the road. Inside, the Compass only offers five seats instead of seven, but it’s still a comfortable drive.
The Kodiaq offers so much space, you can’t help but feel like you’re driving in luxury. Skoda has also covered all their bases with interior features, with three-zone air conditioning to ensure drivers and passengers can travel at a comfortable temperature. With the Luxury Pack, you can enjoy ventilated front seats, and heating if you’re in a front or rear seat.
The Jeep Compass gives you five seats of comfort, with heated front seats and dual zone climate control. There’s a good amount of leg and headroom, and tons of space in the back for your passengers. Enjoy plush cloth seats in chic dark colours, or take your interior to the next level by going with the Jeep Compass Trailhawk, which gives you premium black leather seats.
Boasting a five-star ANCAP rating, the Skoda Kodiaq comes with a host of safety features, including front assist brake, passenger protect assist that anticipates collision, fatigue detection, and nine airbags throughout the cabin, in addition to LED lights and a rear-view camera. You can go the next step up with the Luxury Pack and get lane assist, rear traffic alert, and side assist with blind spot detection.
The Jeep Compass shares some similarities with the Kodiaq, starting with a five-star ANCAP rating. Intuitive safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear park assistance, collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Ultimately, the Kodiaq has more safety features available to you, but the Compass will still keep you protected with its comprehensive safety and seven airbags.
Skoda’s Kodiaq is packed full of intuitive technology that makes driving just that little bit better. Connect your smartphone with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, and an impeccable Canton sound system. Navigate the roads with a Columbus 3D navigation system and enjoy the Kessy keyless entry that allows you to get in and out of the car without fumbling with your keys. A classic feature for Skoda models is the virtual cockpit, which shows all important info on a 9.2-inch glass display. You can also enjoy adaptive cruise control so you can kick back and relax.
The Jeep Compass also has Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto support, with its own version of a virtual cockpit called Uconnect. Featuring a 5.0-inch touchscreen, six-speaker stereo system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and keyless entry, the Compass is an innovative contender for the Kodiaq. In comparison to the Kodiaq, though, the Compass only has standard cruise control. You can level up your technology by opting for one of the higher models; the Limited will get you a bigger display (8.4 inches) and a bunch of additional tech, including dual zone climate control and heated seating.
It might sound crazy, but the Kodiaq is a high-performance diesel-powered SUV. The Kodiaq delivers a 2.0-litre fuel tank capacity and a four-cylinder bi-turbo engine that will give you 176kW of power and 500Nm of torque. An all-wheel drive with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox, the Kodiaq’s fuel efficiency runs at 6.2L/100km.
Meanwhile, the Jeep Compass has two engine types available. You can select a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 129kW of power and 229Nm of torque or a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine with 125kW of power and 350Nm of torque. The engine you can select also depends on the model type – so the Sport and Longitude models can only have the petrol engine, but you get a choice with the Limited. The petrol engine will see you consuming 8.6L/100km whilst the diesel is a little less fuel-guzzling, with a 5.7L/100km fuel efficiency.
The final verdict
While both SUVs are impeccable models worthy of attention, there’s a reason the Skoda Kodiaq was the 2017 Car of the Year. If you’re looking for a large SUV with all the luxuries and tech perks, the Kodiaq is the car for you. In comparison, the Jeep Compass is considerably smaller, and would probably be better compared to the likes of the Skoda Karoq.
But don’t take our word for it – come down to Perth City Skoda and take the Kodiaq for a test drive today! Our high-quality vehicles and excellent customer service ensure you will find the perfect car for you.