New top-spec Kodiaq is the most expensive Czech yet

Topping the tables not only with a high list price but also with the most potent diesel engine yet installed in a Skoda motorcar, writes Iain Robertson, the hugely impressive Skoda Kodiaq vRS is now open for business.

Prices and final specifications for the new Kodiaq vRS, the punchiest diesel production model ever built by Škoda, have been confirmed. The brand’s first-ever performance SUV starts from £42,870 (prior to discounts being applied) and comes with a comprehensive equipment list that befits its status as the new performance flagship of the Czech firm’s range.

Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last year, the Kodiaq vRS adds a dynamic new dimension to Škoda’s award-winning multi-purpose range. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.0 TDI engine, standard four-wheel-drive system and seven-speed DSG gearbox, the Kodiaq vRS can sprint from 0-60mph in just 6.7s and carries a top speed of 136mph.

In keeping with all vRS models, the Kodiaq version delivers more than just straight-line performance. Its seven-seater layout means that the entire family can travel, with space to spare, while its remarkably generous helping of standard equipment means that comfort and infotainment needs are met head-on.

The Kodiaq vRS stands out from the crowd thanks to its powerful design package that includes 20-inch Xtreme alloy wheels, gloss black finish on the grille and mirrors, dual exhaust pipes, vRS sports bumpers and trademark red brake calipers. Within the cabin, the sporting flagship features figure-hugging Alcantara-trimmed sports seats finished with contrasting vRS stitching and logo, along with a black roof-lining and vRS stitching for the door panels. The vRS is also the first Škoda to be offered with fully digital Virtual Cockpit display as standard, just like Audi and top VW models. To reflect the car’s sporting nature, the Kodiaq’s system includes a special Sport view that places the speedometer in the centre of the display. 

To ensure that the engine’s performance is delivered to the road as smoothly and effectively as possible, all Kodiaq vRS models are equipped with Dynamic Chassis Control and progressive steering as standard. Dynamic sound booster and front parking sensors are also standard fit. The order books are now open and first deliveries can be anticipated in early-spring.

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