On sale now, the large SUV variant follows suite of the Octavia Scout and gets more underbody protection. As well as making the car less prone to damage when off-roading, this is also the most notable visual difference to the regular Kodiaq, with it protruding from underneath the front and rear bumpers. It's silver in colour and visually divided into three sections.
The Scout also gets model-specific styling accents including silver trim around the front grille, side windows and wing mirror housings, plus silver roof rails.
Other additions include model-specific 19in alloys, a tinted rear window and side windows, and Scout badges on the car’s front wing.
Four-wheel drive and a DSG automatic gearbox are standard, as is Off-Road Assist, which adjusts the throttle response, dampers and diff lock for better traction. Hill-Hold and Hill-Descent controls are also standard.
Buyers get the choice of all but the least powerful version of the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, the 125PS.
The four available engines are therefore two petrols, the 1.4 TSI 150PS (148bhp) and the 2.0 TSI 180PS (178bhp), and two diesels, the 2.0 TDI 150PS (148bhp) and 2.0 TDI 190PS (187bhp).
Specification is based on the regular Kodiaq’s SE trim, and includes cruise control, Driving Mode Select (Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual, Snow), air conditioning, a multifunction steering wheel, LED ambient lighting in ten colours, a Swing infotainment touchscreen, a DAB radio, an eight-speaker stereo and Alcantara seats.
Safety systems are the same as on the regular Kodiaq, with front and rear Park Assist cameras, Crew Protect Assist, blind spot detection, rear traffic alert, and automatic emergency breaking (AEB) with pedestrian detection coming as standard.