Skoda has overhauled its Kodiaq SUV for 2021, featuring new technology and a style makeover that brings the optional seven-seater into line with the brand’s latest designs.
The Czech firm has priced the Kodiaq from £27,650, with the choice of SE, SE L, SportLine and L&K trims – along with the full-fat vRS range-topper. All models receive LED headlights, dynamic indicators, and an extended, black rear spoiler and grey interior stitching as standard, with all trims above the SE gaining LED Matrix technology.
The SE L trim is offered for £31,895 and gains 19-inch Triglav alloy wheels, full front and rear LED matrix headlights with cornering function, chrome roof rails and floor mats. The Sportline will be offered for £35,805, gaining a rear-view parking camera, and those who opt for the L&K trim, from £41,720, will receive Skoda’s virtual cockpit.
The refresh includes the return of the vRS performance model to the line-up with petrol power and 20in anthracite alloy wheels with aero-optimised covers. It follows the removal of the outgoing 237bhp twin-turbo diesel version late last year due to tightening emissions rules. Prices for the vRS are yet to be confirmed.
The Kodiaq launched in 2016 as the first model in the Czech firm’s SUX expansion, and has since been followed by the smaller Kamiq and Karoq. It is built on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, as used by the Volkswagen Tiguan and Seat Tarraco.
For this mid-life facelift Skoda has refreshed the Kodiaq with a new, more upright grill, elevated bonnet, revamped front and rear bumpers and a revised headlight design, with LED Matrix items available for the first time.
The S, SE and SE L trim levels also gain new aluminium effect detail on the front and rear apron, intended to give it more “offroad styling”. A new rear spoiler along with ‘finlets’ on the sides of the rear windows have been added to optimise aerodynamics and reduce CO2 emissions.
The interior has also been revised, with new seat designs, including a choice of electrically adjustable leather ergonomic seats. SE and SE L moveld can also be optioned with ‘Eco’ seats that feature covers made using recycled vegan materials.
The 10.25in Virtual Cockpit digital display is an option on all models, as is a new 10-speaker Canton sound system. There remains an 8in infotainment touchscreen as standard, with a 9.2in version available as an option. There is also revamped LEB ambient lighting.
Originally launched in 2016, the Kodiaq has sold more than 600,000 units worldwide to date. The machine is offered globally and produced at factories in the Czech Republic, China, India and Russia. The UK market cars are produced in the Czech Republic.