Skodaq Kodiaq facelift launched in India, prices start from Rs 34.99 lakh
The Skoda Kodiaq now gets a faceliftShot by Abhishek Benny for evo India

Skodaq Kodiaq facelift launched in India, prices start from Rs 34.99 lakh

The Skoda Kodiaq gets a few cosmetic tweaks and a change of heart in its latest iteration

When the Skoda Kodiaq was launched in 2017, we were very impressed by the SUV, be it in terms of its lovely road manners and the interiors. Having been discontinued when the BS6 emission norms kicked in, the 2022 Kodiaq now makes a comeback with a facelift and a petrol-only avatar, with prices starting from Rs 34.99 lakh. There are three variants on offer – a base Style variant, the Sportline (priced at Rs 35.99 lakh) and the top-of-the-line L&K variant (priced at Rs 37.49 lakh).

Hexagonal grille similar to the newer Skodas
Hexagonal grille similar to the newer SkodasShot by Abhishek Benny for evo India

Skoda Kodiaq design

The Skoda Kodiaq has always been an SUV blessed with good looks. In its latest avatar, the Kodiaq gets sharper and more aggressive. The hexagonal grille is more in line with what we’ve seen on the newer Skodas like the Slavia and the Kushaq, and it does give the Kodiaq a more contemporary appearance. The grille is flanked by the crystalline LED headlamps and the Kodiaq also gets a revised front bumper. Move towards the rear and you will notice that the Kodiaq gets dynamic turn indicators at the rear. The Kodiaq sits on 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, with the design varying for the Style, SportLine and Laurin & Klement variants respectively.

Interiors of the Kodiaq are a lovely place to be in
Interiors of the Kodiaq are a lovely place to be inShot by Abhishek Benny for evo India

Skoda Kodiaq interiors

Step inside and you’re greeted by a typical Skoda cabin, with a lovely design and high quality materials being used. The Style and L&K variants are more attuned towards luxury, with stone beige perforated leather upholstery, plenty of chrome and a dual-tone black and beige colour scheme. Enthusiasts however will want to opt for the SportLine, with its sportier all-black suedia interiors, a 3-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, more side bolstering and integrated headrests for the seats and expanded shoulder support for the sport seats. The Kodiaq also comes with ambient lighting, a 652-watt 12-speaker Canton sound system with a subwoofer. There is also a panoramic sunroof on offer. While the Style variant continues to offer analogue dials for the instrument cluster, the SportLine and the L&K come with a 10.25-inch full programmable digital cockpit, complementing the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that gets wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Kodiaq also comes with a comprehensive set of safety features as standard.

The Kodiaq now gets a 2-litre TSI engine
The Kodiaq now gets a 2-litre TSI engineShot by Abhishek Benny for evo India

Skoda Kodiaq engine

Like its cousin, the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Kodiaq too gets TSI power, with the 2-litre turbo-petrol engine producing 188bhp and of power and 320Nm of torque. This allows the Kodiaq to achieve a claimed 0-100kmph time of 7.8 seconds. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 7-speed DSG gearbox, with a Tiptronic mode to change gears manually.

The Kodiaq gets dynamic turn indicators
The Kodiaq gets dynamic turn indicatorsShot by Abhishek Benny for evo India

Skoda Kodiaq pricing and rivals

Prices for the Skoda Kodiaq start from Rs. 34.99 lakh, ex-showroom, and this means that SUV sits in an interesting position, with the closest rivals being the Toyota Fortuner and the MG Gloster, while also including the likes of the Hyundai Tucson, the Citroen C5 Aircoss, the Jeep Compass on one side and German luxury SUVs such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q2 and the BMW X1 on the other. Is it better than its rivals? Only a proper comparison will reveal that, but that said, the Skoda Kodiaq promises to give its rivals a tough fight.

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