The biggest change is under the hood Kodiaq RS 2.0 TDI with 240 hp and 500 Nm 2.0 TSI 4-cylinder petrol engine with 245 hp and 380 Nm. It must be said that the diesel is no longer in vogue, somewhat quickly discredited, that a fortiori in sports models has always been viewed as a perversion by many purists. The consequences of this change do not take long to come with consumption by WLTP standards jumping from 6.4 to 6.4. 8.7l/100km while CO2 emissions per kilometer increase from 152 to 198 g and therefore malus (in 2022), from € 1,172 to € 16,810. Suffice it to say that selling it in France will be a little more complicated.
However, this engine swap is not useless, because The TSI is quieter than its diesel counterpart while offering increased performanceespecially due to the 160 kg loss on the scale (the diesel engine is heavier). 0 to 100 km/h is reached in just 6.5 seconds (compared to the previous 6.9 seconds) and a top speed of 234 km/h.
flying in hand Kodiaq RS It doesn’t disappoint, but it doesn’t go beyond. It remains a long-legged SUV with effective damping, but it tends to be spongy with pronounced body movements on the flawed roads of our test. However, with its efficient all-wheel drive system, structural rigidity and a reactive front axle, the Kodiaq holds its course and responds well to its driver’s instructions, who would regret a direction that was a bit too artificial. With this, Skoda It showcases honorable talent on winding roads through Franche-Comté, which serves as our playground, adapts well to turns and emerges with pleasant agility in front of the machine. Under the hood, the engine box assembly is nothing short of exaggeration, secondly, it seems to block the engine’s slopes a bit unless you select Sport mode. There, a false sound that is as artificial as it is superfluous comes from a loudspeaker, bordering on grotesque and quickly boring. Fortunately, Individual mode allows you to have all the features of Sport mode while giving up this audio device.
I choose another way to get rid of this noise and pause to detail the aesthetic changes of this new system. Kodiaq RS. But first, I’ll focus on the always generously spacious passenger compartment, whether it’s at the front, the rear, or even the rear. 630 liter trunk. Can you just say 630 liters? Yes, because my test model has a 7-seat configuration and loses 90 liters of water in the trunk, but therefore offers 2 additional seats that must be reserved for children and/or short trips.
While the perceived quality is not without criticism with quality materials, the front seats with red stitching offer very good support, while the rear seat may be too stiff for some. I have to get out of the SUV to explore the changes, as the interior only has new steering.
The front end is the most obvious with the changes, notably getting the new hexagonal shape of the grille, slightly wider during the transition and also getting thinner lights while the shield is redesigned. Our RS model features a large air intake in 3 parts, which is more aggressive than a single part of the non-sport versions. In profile, we see new 20-inch wheels called the Arc and slightly thinner behind the redesigned lights.
By switching to petrol, the Kodiaq RS gains a bit of performance without offering a more impressive engine than the late diesel, as everything happens right up to the mid-range and consumption very easily exceeds 10 liters when you want more. 100 km without giving a big smile in return. No doubt it’s a good car, but it will have a hard time finding viewers at €70,000 including fine (€53,290, excluding fine).