The new Skoda Kodiaq has proved an instant hit with drivers here in Australia and around the world, so we thought it was the perfect time to explore the unique Skoda Kodiaq features and why this deserves serious consideration as your new vehicle. If you’ve read any Skoda Kodiaq review, you’re likely to be aware that the Kodiaq has been limited in the trim options, but with the launch of the updated model, we would like to highlight the unique features you can expect from this fantastic vehicle.
The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq has had some subtle design changes that enhance this innovative model. The minimalistic changes such as the badging sitting on the front wings that complement the embossed scuff plates on the aluminium door sills that welcome you into the interior.
Additional Convenience Features
The Simply Clever Skoda tagline is more than a motto, and the company takes it very seriously. This is exemplified in the new Skoda Kodiaq with features such as the PowerNap Package that helps rear passengers enjoy some rest on those longer journeys. There is also a pillow head holder, magnetic flashlight in the boot and as with the Skoda Superb, there is a concealed umbrella inside the door in case you get caught short in a rainy spell.
If you imagine you’re Maverick when you get behind the wheel, then you’ll feel perfectly at home in the new Kodiaq with the virtual cockpit. The fully customisable digital instrument panel is inspired by fighter planes and offers all of your vital driving information with the flick of a finger. This means that you have access to any information you need without becoming distracted from the road.
Speaking of the dashboard layout, we have to mention the innovative infotainment system as another of the stand out Skoda Kodiaq features. The eight inch screen takes centre stage of the console and complements the steering wheel stalks, switches and circular dials on the remainder of the dash. The infotainment system is preloaded with navigation, Amundsen music system with a set of Canton speakers, front mic to rear speaker intercom, Mirror Link and Boss connect app. The system is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to stream your audio and calls with ease. The screen also provides a monitor for the 360 degree parking camera.
In addition to the 360 degree camera, there is also the amazing Hands Free Parking feature. This can be invaluable in those tight carparks and spaces. You can simply select a parking space in a row of perpendicular or parallel vehicles, and the system will guide you into place.
Impressive Engine Power
As you would expect from this innovative Czech brand, the Skoda Kodiaq is equipped with an impressive powertrain. If the engine options are not up to your gearhead requirements, you won’t have long to wait for the RS variant that will be powered by a 2.0 litre twin turbo diesel that delivers a mammoth 176 kW of power and 500 Nm torque. This will be available on the 2020 model and has a claimed zero to 100 kilometres per hour time of just 7.0 seconds.
Most of us have experienced the frustration of being parked in a tight space and dinging your car doors when you try to get out. Skoda has anticipated this problem and the Skoda Kodiaq is equipped with door protection. The black rubber protectors pop out when the door is opened and retract when it is closed. This is a great feature if you’re parking in a tight spot or you have young children who can’t wait to get out and fling open the doors. The protectors will not only protect your paintwork, but will also avoid getting scratches on any vehicle parked next to you.
Height Adjustable Tailgate
Just like its German cousin, the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Skoda Kodiaq is equipped with a height adjustable tailgate that enhances the functionality of this SUV even further. You can set a predetermined height, and the tailgate will automatically only open to your specifications. This can be invaluable if you’re parking in a lower height garage or you’re not the tallest person in the world. So, you won’t need to keep a box tucked in your garage to hop up and close the tailgate; you can set it to stay within easy reach.