Skoda has announced that the Kodiaq has gone into production. It recently revealed the pricing for its new Kodiaq large SUV, which goes on sale in the UK this November. It costs from £21,495

The Skoda Kodiaq, Skoda's first large SUV model, has entered production in the brand's home, the Czech Republic. 

We've driven the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq - read our review here

Skoda invested heavily in the Kvasiny plant ahead of the model's production launch, which also produces the Superb and the Yeti. The plant currently employs 5900 people, but this is likely to increase, given Skoda's ambition to almost double its output in the coming years.

The Kodiaq, which was revealed ahead of the Paris motor show earlier this year, will cost from £21,495 when it goes on sale in the UK in November. The plant's opening confirms Skoda's expected first delivery dates in April. UK order books open in November.

Entry-level S trim will kick off the range with a 123bhp 1.4 TSI engine, the only engine available for now in that trim until the lower-powered 2.0 diesel becomes available.

Standard equipment includes 17in alloy wheels, a leather multifunction steering wheel, a touchscreen infotainment system and DAB radio. Cruise control and rear parking sensors are reserved for the £22,945 SE spec and above. They're available as options on the base-spec car, but Skoda hasn't finalised the price of options on the Kodiaq yet. 

The most expensive car in the current lineup is the Edition trim, which costs from £30,695 with the 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI engine and DSG gearbox, and rises to £34,895 when fitted with the 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 187bhp.

Four trims in total are offered on the Kodiaq for now – S, SE, SE-L and Edition. SE-L and Edition spec cars get seven seats as standard, while on SE-spec cars it's a £1000 option. Entry-level S trim cars are only available with five seats.

There are five engine options at launch; three petrol and three diesel, ranging in power from 123bhp in the entry-level petrol to 187bhp in the range-topping 2.0-litre diesel. A lower-powered 113bhp diesel will come later. 

The Kodiaq’s entry-level price undercuts its large SUV rivals, such as the £22,395 Nissan X-Trail, by £900, and the £28,795 Kia Sorento by £7300. The best-selling Kodiaq is expected to be the SE-L car, and the most popular engine is likely to be the 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI, fitted with a manual gearbox.

Skoda also says that 'new levels of connectivity' are available on the Kodiaq, which includes a post-accident emergency call system, as well as a minor accident notification and breakdown call system. Following the industry trend for remotely controlling car functions, the driver can access functions of the Kodiaq with Skoda's connect app. These all come with a free subscription for the first year of ownership, although the cost of subsequent subscription hasn't yet been signed off.

Other technology on the Kodiaq includes automatic emergency braking as standard, adaptive cruise control, and other driver aids like lane assist and rear traffic alert. A driver alertness monitor is also available. 

Order books for the Kodiaq open this November, and first deliveries are expected in April 2017.

Skoda sources say they have had more interest in the car ahead of its launch than any Skoda in history, so it’s safe to assume that it’ll be among the best-sellers in the large SUV segment.  

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jer

13 October 2016
Personified. It looks like a homage to something from the past but can't put name to it.

13 October 2016
Very similar looking to the neat seat SUV especially the rear aspect.

13 October 2016
Very similar looking to the neat seat SUV especially the rear aspect.

13 October 2016
Sorry for multiple posts. Should read- similar to the new Seat, especially the rear aspect.

13 October 2016
Sorry for multiple posts. Should read- similar to the new Seat, especially the rear aspect.

13 October 2016
This is going to be one heck of a bargain if these prices and the equipment levels are correct. I have a feeling that the likes of KIA, Hyundai and Mitsubishi will be reducing the list price of their vehicles if they intend too keep up.

Optima2

14 October 2016
The front has a passing similarity to the 2006 Cars movie character Chick Hicks!

14 October 2016
That is way lower than I thought they'd do it for.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

14 October 2016
Completely unfair price comparison with X-trail and Kia Sorento.
The former comes with a 1.6 turbo with 160bhp and has cruise control and parking sensors as standard!
The later base model as a 2.2L diesel with almost 200bhp and the kit list is endless. The KX-2 197bhp 2.2CRDI is 4 wheel drive has heated leather seat, satnav etc... and cost less than the 2.0L 190bhp SEL Kodiaq which has none of these things.

Ultimately a Renault Kadjar TCE 130 Dynamique S Nav cost only 21K and is far better looking and kitted and will probably prove far cheaper to run (but admittedly it is smaller) than the basic Kodiaq.

Skoda are not that great value for money if you look at the kit list in details. There is a lot missing that you can find in similarly or even cheaper car. Things like SatNav, cruise control, reversing camera and parking sensors, keyless entry, smart phone link, drving aid/semi-autonomous features, etc... All those things you start finding in small hatch under 20K are often found lacking in Skodas. Not saying that you should get all that as standard but you shouldn't have to go for "SE-L" or higher version to get those kind of kit!

14 October 2016
I fail to see how it's unfair matchico? The cheapest Santa Fe costs 30k+, the Sorrento as stated costs over £7k more! The Kadjar is as usual, another car that is overly styled and will look dated as hell in 3 years, and being french, will be worthless after 6 years. ( I like french cars, just stating a fact).
Yes, you do get those things in a TOP of the range small hatch under 20k. But this is a huge SUV, so pricing is going to be more than a small hatch.
Looking forward to trying a Kodiaq at launch.

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