Kodiaq Scout – ŠKODA’s seven-seater gets tough at Geneva

ŠKODA continues its campaign in the SUV segment. With the ŠKODA Kodiaq Scout, the Czech car manufacturer will present a model variant at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show that exerts its off-road capabilities both visually and in terms of technology, writes DAVE MOORE.

Kodiaq Scout

The rugged and robust appearance is accentuated by silver-coloured design details including distinctive underbody protection at the front and the rear. The 19-inch alloy wheels specially created for the ŠKODA Kodiaq Scout also contribute to its powerful appearance. A choice of two petrol and two diesel engines is available for the new model variant, which comes with all-wheel drive in all versions.

With a length of 4.70m, up to seven seats as well as the largest interior and boot in its class, the ŠKODA Kodiaq has celebrated a debut that has attracted a lot of attention. The design reflects the brand’s design identity and represents a good combination of emotiveness and rationality. The ŠKODA Kodiaq Scout model variant clearly underlines robustness and strength with its distinct design features.

Besides the underbody protection, the ŠKODA Kodiaq Scout is recognisable from the outside by the tinted rear window and rear side windows (SunSet), which protect from the glare of the sun. Aside from this, silver-coloured details create the robust impression and highlight the powerful character of the Czech manufacturer’s new large SUV.

The radiator grille is framed by a silver-coloured trim. The roof rails, housing of the wing mirror, the side window trims as well as the front and rear underbody protection, which is positioned beneath the bumpers and visually split into three parts, are also silver in colour.

Kodiaq Scout

The side view of each of the ŠKODA Kodiaq models is characterised by short overhangs, their sloping roofline that is visually extended by a line in the D-pillar, and the tapered rear. The ŠKODA Kodiaq Scout is also fitted as standard with 19-inch alloy wheels specially created for this model variant. Furthermore, it bears a small badge with the model designation on the front wing and the glove compartment.

The equipment and interior design are also tailored to the robust character. They are based on the Ambition trim level. The ŠKODA Kodiaq Scout comes with Off-Road Assist, a Rough-Road package with underbody and engine protection as well as a front and rear Park Assist. The generous array of standard equipment includes Driving Mode Select (Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual, Snow), which can be used to control the engine, automatic transmission, power steering and air conditioning. Snow mode adjusts the ABS, ASR, ACC (where present) systems and the engine management to the specific conditions of the snow-covered or slippery road.

Standard equipment in the interior includes a multifunction steering wheel, LED ambient lighting in ten colours, a Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB) with eight speakers, Alcantara-covered seats with the Kodiaq logo, door trims in the Alcantara design, steel pedals, textile floor mats and the Kodiaq logo in the front door sills.

There will be a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines:

  • 1.4 TSI 110kW 4×4, top speed of 197km/h, 0-100km/h in 9.8 seconds, combined consumption of 6.8L/100km, 153g CO2/km
  • 2.0 TSI 132kW 4×4, top speed of 207km/h, 0-100km/h in 8.0 seconds, combined consumption of 7.3L/100km, 168g CO2/km
  • 2.0 TDI 110kW 4×4, top speed of 197km/h, 0-100km/h in 9.5 seconds, combined consumption of 5.3L/100km, 139g CO2/km
  • 2.0 TDI 140kW 4×4, top speed of 210km/h, 0-100km/h in 8.9 seconds, combined consumption of 5.7L/100km, 150g CO2/km

The centrepiece of the all-wheel drive is an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch that is located directly in front of the rear differential at the end of the drive shaft, for optimum distribution of the load on the axles. The all-wheel-drive system works quickly and intelligently, its control unit constantly calculates the ideal driving torque for the rear axle. Loss of traction is virtually eliminated due to a control system that is dependent on driving status. In normal driving conditions, especially with a light load and when coasting, the multi-plate clutch transfers the engine power in a fuel-economical way mainly to the front wheels.

The ŠKODA Kodiaq also feels at home off-road. With a ground clearance of 194 mm, it can even negotiate larger bumps with ease. It has a ramp angle of 19.7 degrees; the approach and departure angles are an impressive 22.0 and 23.1 degrees due to the short overhangs. In addition, the Rough-Road package, which comes as standard, protects against damage to the underbody, engine, brake and fuel lines as well as cables. When the road ends, the driver can select off-road mode simply by pressing a button. The optional DCC shock absorbers change their mode of operation accordingly; the throttle response is somewhat slower. The ABS anti-lock braking system permits a certain amount of slip in order to create a wedge effect in front of the wheels. In order to improve traction in off-road mode, ASR allows a greater amount of slip, and electronic differential lock (EDL) reacts more quickly. When required, the Hill-Hold Control and Hill-Descent Control functions are activated – the latter maintains the car’s speed at the level at which the driver enters the slope.

With their wide range of driver assistance systems, all variants of the ŠKODA Kodiaq set benchmarks within their segment. New functions include Trailer Assist, Blind Spot Detect, which warns of any vehicles in the blind spot, and Rear Traffic Alert, which monitors traffic coming from the sides and behind when manoeuvring etc. The Crew Protect Assist function, which closes windows and the sunroof in the event of an impending accident and tensions the seat belts of the front seats, works in conjunction with the improved Front Assist function, which includes the City Emergency Brake and predictive Pedestrian Protection functions. Park Assist’s functions have been further perfected. The Area-View system is also a first for the brand: the surround-view cameras, which are located in the front and rear sections as well as in the wing mirrors, come with wide-angle lenses and allow views of the area immediately surrounding the vehicle to be displayed on the monitor. These include a virtual top-down view and 180-degree images from the areas to the front and rear. This makes it easier to drive in confusing situations or on rough terrain.

The ŠKODA Kodiaq Scout is equipped with all the modern infotainment systems of the new large SUV. The capacitive touch displays feature a glass design (except for the standard Swing sound system). The top-of-the-range version, the Columbus navigation system, has a 9.2-inch monitor, a Wi-Fi hotspot and an LTE module. The automatic Emergency Call function comes as standard. The mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect are the perfect addition for the state-of-the-art infotainment system. They set new benchmarks in terms of navigation, information, entertainment and assistance, and can even be configured using your home computer or via the app.

*Note that – at time of writing – the ŠKODA Kodiaq Scout has not yet been announced for a New Zealand release, to stay informed, sign up to our email database.

Dave Moore has been writing about cars for more than half a century, if you count the school magazine piece he published about his uncle’s broken down MG.

After university, he worked as creative director in the London Advertising scene, before emigrating to New Zealand in 1979. Throughout that time he has been reviewing motorcycles and cars for British, Australian, American, Canadian and New Zealand publishers.

Most recently Dave has been the Group Motoring Editor for Fairfax Media, parting ways with the company in 2015 after 30 years. Dave has been recognised eighteen times by the Qantas Media Awards and has received more than a score of other national awards for his writing and photography.

Dave is now spending more time with his family, though it’s still rare to see his driveway without an evaluation vehicle sitting on it as he’s Radio Live’s motoring pundit, with a half-hour spot that airs every Tuesday from 11:30 am to 12 noon.

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