We Get Hands On With The Skoda Kodiaq
Our first impression of the Skoda Kodiaq
Friday, 06, Apr 2018 03:50
By William Coleman
When I was young I remember the name Skoda being met with jokes, laughs and chuckles, even Jeremy Clarkson felt compelled to poke fun. Fast forwards a couple of decades and here I am test driving a brand new Skoda Kodiaq, which was voted The Caravan and Motorhome Club's Tow Car Of The Year, and I am finding it very hard to find anything dislike about this award winner.
I have been fortunate enough to be selected as one of the keen eyed adventurers to go on the 2018 Bailey Tour. We will be travelling through 21 countries in 21 days, starting at Bristol and travelling to Bosphorus which will be around 5,000 plus miles. Ahead of embarking on this multi country tour I wanted to test out the Kodiaq as I have never towed on foreign soil before and certainly want to get a head start on the driving before we leave, nothing to do with bragging rights or anything like that...
When the Kodiaq first arrived I was surprised just how smart looking it is. I had seen many photos but like most fine works of art you have to see them in the skin to fully appreciate just how smart they care. Inside and out the car just screams modern and once you turn on the 2.0 TDI engine and see all the options available, both engine and media, you will be blown away. In regards to how it looks you need to be thinking for Range Rover Evoque than Skoda Yeti.
The one thing that stood out to me was all the bells and whistles that Skoda have been able to fit into Kodiaq. The model I drove was the top spec model but the model below it does not have a hell of a lot missing, which goes to show that for a good price bracket Skoda are deliver above and beyond. The stereo interface was touch screen which included sat nav, bluetooth connection as well as the pretty hand Apple CarPlay. The once drawback the stereo has is the hand motion controls. I wave my hands a lot and I kept switching back and forth over the same track. All I had to do was change the menu on the screen and then that tiny issue went away so a small issues that was easily resolved.
I will not give away too much as the video gives you some first hand insight into the Skoda. One thing I will say is that if you are in the market for a new towing car/vehicle you should seriously consider the Skoda Kodiaq. I am so confident that you guys will love it that I urge you to go for a test drive and see for yourself and tow car of this spec for well under £40k you cannot go wrong.