Can the Skoda Kodiaq handle the great outdoors?


Life for the modern working family in the city can be tough. Sometimes you just need to get away for a weekend (or longer) to release some stress from the pressures of work and everyday life. And the Skoda Kodiaq is a car that can do exactly that for you.  It fits the bill for not only being designed to be well suited to city driving conditions, but it is also built to take you away from the hustle and bustle, even to places not accessible by paved roads.

First of all the practical use of space means that you get to travel in comfort and style no matter where you decide to go. Sitting in a soft comfortable seat leather appointed seat trim and lumbar support, you can drive for hours without feeling any discomfort. Access to your favourite driving playlist with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connected to the Columbus infotainment system, and you don’t have to worry about losing your way with 3D satellite navigation. Those are just a couple of the cool features you get to control through the 9-inch colour touchscreen.

On the road, the Skoda Kodiaq range is driven by two powerful and efficient turbocharged engines available on offer. There’s the 137kW 2.0L TSI petrol engine that produces 320Nm of torque, offering dynamic performance. Or choose the most powerful of the Skoda range, a 2.0 TSI diesel engine with 176kW of power and 500Nm of torque, more than enough grunt to get you up and over that tall sand dune or over that river embankment.

Despite its size the Kodiaq is easy to handle, with responsive steering, and suspension that is tuned for maximum comfort along with 19-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels that provide good road surface grip.

When it detects a loss of traction, the Kodiaq’s intelligent four-wheel drive system immediately engages the all-wheel-drive, giving you back greater control of the vehicle.

For those that like tackling more challenging terrain such as over steep rocky hills and escarpments, the

Kodiaq Review on Off Road Mode:

Off Road mode on the Kodiaq can be turned on to help you navigate these challenges in a slow and sure-footed manner. Hill Hold Control will help keep the car from rolling backward if you need to stop when going uphill, while Hill Descent Assist uses sensitive braking to maintain a constant speed when driving down steep slopes, so you can stay focused on the pedals and on corrective steering.

When you encounter an obstacle you can’t see over or blind bend ahead, you will need to stop and assess the situation before proceeding. With Surround Area View you can do this safely and comfortably from inside the Kodiaq, and without having to get out of the car. It uses a system of cameras to display on the infotainment screen what’s in front of the car, as well giving a birds-eye-view of everything around the car from above.

Going away on any family trip, you’ll no doubt be amazed at the amount of luggage and equipment you need to pack, especially when travelling with young children. But fear not, the practical Skoda Kodiaq is spacious enough to accommodate the heaviest of packers. If you don’t need the third row of seats, fold them flat and you get 630 litres, more than enough space to fit everything from bikes, buggies, tents and more. And if you’re going away solo or with one other, folding down the second row seats too will give you a cavernous 2005 litres.

So in the Skoda Kodiaq you get a well built, practical car that’s easy to drive, and one that offers an excellent blend of on and off road abilities.