Hot Kodiaq will sit alongside existing Octavia vRS and bolsters Skoda’s performance division with brand's most powerful production diesel
James Attwood, digital editor
2 October 2018

The new Skoda Kodiaq vRS features the most powerful production diesel engine in the Czech firm's history.

The new machine is the first SUV to feature the high-performance vRS badge, and company boss Bernhard Maier called it “the new spearhead in our SUV offering".

The Kodiaq vRS, which will be offered with either five or seven seats, features a 237bhp 2.0-litre biturbo direct-injection diesel with 369lb ft from 1750rpm to 2500rpm. It has a claimed 0-62mph time of seven seconds and top speed of 137mph. Skoda claims it has fuel consumption of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 157g/km, both measured on the soon-to-be-replaced NEDC cycle.

The machine features a seven-speed DSG gearbox, variable all-wheel-drive and, for the first time in a Skoda, dynamic sound boost. The Kodiaq vRS also has adaptive chassis control, which includes six drive modes and electronically adjusted shock absorbers. Progressive steering is also included as standard.

The Kodiaq vRS sports a number of subtle design tweaks to differentiate it from the regular model, including bespoke front and rear bumpers, vRS logos, gloss black bodywork elements and a new design of 20in alloy wheel. The car also introduces Skoda's redesigned vRS logo, which now has a red V and stripe ahead of the RS, in place of the green currently used. This logo will replace the current logo on all vRS models in the future. 

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Inside, Alcantara-covered seats and door trims are standard, along with a carbonfibre-effect instrument panel. Ambient LED lighting, tinted windows, a black roof lining and stainless steel pedals also help the vRS stand out from a regular Kodiaq.

Skoda’s version of the Virtual Cockpit system is included as standard, and features a bespoke display mode showing a rev counter and speed in the centre of the display. There’s also a sports steering wheel.

The dimensions of the large SUV are unchanged, including the 600-litre boot in five-seat mode (231 litres in seven-door form). UK pricing has yet to be confirmed.

It will be the second model in Skoda’s vRS line-up, which currently only consists of the Octavia vRS. The UK and Germany will be sales hot spots for the performance-biased Kodiaq given that, in Britain, 20% of Octavia sales are of the vRS version.

The brand previously sold a Fabia vRS, before ending production in 2013 due to poor sales. However, Skoda is understood to be planning a return to the hot hatchback market with a Fabia vRS hybrid in 2020.

The Kodiaq vRS has lapped the 12.94-mile Nürburgring in 9min 29.84sec, a lap record for a seven-seat SUV around the famous circuit, and only 1min 38:14sec slower than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which currently holds the SUV lap record. Famed 'Ring driver Sabine Schmitz was behind the wheel of the Kodiaq.

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1 October 2018

Please put this engine in the Octavia and leave out the sound effects.

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2 October 2018
Squonk61 wrote:

Please put this engine in the Octavia and leave out the sound effects.

Yours,

etc.

Wife recently bought the new Octavia 1.6 petrol (sans turbo). This is actually bolted together here in Russia and therefore saves 34% import duty - which makes a huge difference on a small budget. Yes its under powered, but we are getting over 50mpg. It has so many nice touc hes such as 12v charger in the boot space (its a hatchback btw) - interior roof handles which ease gently back into place - floor lighting in all seating areas back and front, rs windscreen, fog lamps, halogens, excellent screen 9inch display connected hith iphone apps etc , vent/heating individal back and front, ubs 2 rear passenger one front, alloy wheels, and its so roomy like a bloody limo. Excellent car (even has a fitted umbrella!!). I actually enoyu driving it (deffinately getting old now lol)

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1 October 2018

I genuinely do not see the point of this. It is like when vauxhall made a VRX version of the Zafira. 

1 October 2018

I genuinely do not see the point of this. It is like when vauxhall made a VRX version of the Zafira. 

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1 October 2018

.....what a daft idea shoving an oil burner into a 'sporting' version of a vehicle - given the shift away from 'the fuel of the devil'.

Is that torque spread figure correct - 750RPM max torque spread ? !!!

1 October 2018
Only 1:38 slower than the Alfa!

2 October 2018

You havent driven one mate. I tested when wife wanted the Kodiaq. I was totally left empty due only to lack of power. This is one BIG SUV its bigger than my Outlander, bigger than an X5, same size as the Toerag andits 2/3rds the price, She bought the Octavia until this VRS arrives, but sadly the ruble has taken a huge hot recently (18-20%) with the last sanctions - wonderful economics in this world, so it may have to wait a while and YES I will change the Outlander any day of the week for the Kodiaq VRS

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