New Skoda Kodiaq: specs and details of updated SUV

Published: 13 April 2021

► 2021 update for seven-seat Skoda
► Refreshed interior, design and engine range
► Revised version available from July

Skoda’s really rather good Kodiaq SUV has been given a solid refresh, injecting more tech from the latest range of models and tweaking the engine range.

The Kodiaq went on sale originally in 2016 and has become a massive seller for the brand, fully utilising the VW Group’s engines and platforms to its advantage. Along with the tech upgrade, the new 2021 SUV has been mildly redesigned.

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Two diesel and three petrols are offered. The regular range starts with a 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI with a six-speed manual and front-wheel drive, then a 148bhp 1.5-litre diesel with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto and front-wheel drive. The range from here on in goes all-wheel drive and dual-clutch only, including a 187bhp petrol and 197bhp diesel.

kodiaq vrs 2021

As for the refreshed vRS, gone is the punchy diesel of the pre-facelift model. It uses the same engine as the petrol Octavia vRS and Golf GTI – a 242bhp 2.0-litre petrol mated to a seven-speed auto and all-wheel drive.

No news of a plug-in hybrid yet but, when the latest Octavia vRS and the refreshed Tiguan have one, expect to see one join the range under Skoda’s iV badging.

What’s new technology-wise?

Along with a mild refresh to the interior, with the option of a two-spoke steering wheel on certain models, you can spec ergonomic seats with massaging function on the top spec variants and also option a Canton premium sound system.

kodiaq 2021 interior

As standard, the Kodiaq has an eight-inch infotainment screen, with a larger 9.2-inch screen in higher trims. Digital instruments are also an option, with the SportLine and vRS trims having their own sport design.

Along with the exterior redesign, the Kodiaq can be fitted with matrix LED headlights for the first time (as an option) and scrolling indicators.

When and how much?

The new Kodiaq will be available from July, with UK prices to be announced closer to that time. Expect a slight price bump from the Kodiaq’s current starting price of £26,635.

kodiaq 2021 rear

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches