Skoda Kodiaq Interior & Exterior Design

The design of the Skoda Kodiaq hasn't changed hugely over the years, however it's recieved some subtle tweaks to keep it up to date.

Overview

The Kodiaq has just been updated by Skoda, with revised exterior styling, although if you’re thinking it still looks a lot like the old one… you’d be right. The changes are a taller bonnet, a more upright radiator grille, slimmer headlights, and new front and rear bumpers. Skoda has also changed some of the exterior trim to make the Kodiaq look a little more obviously rugged. Inside, it’s much the same as before, with simple, chunky controls and the option of digital instruments. Skoda’s also given the Kodiaq new seats and ‘vegan’ leather options.

You can pick from five trim levels for your Kodiaq, and here are the main differences between them:

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Trims

SE Drive

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Exterior

Even this basic Kodiaq trim level comes with decent 18-inch wheels, although on a car this big they only look about adequate in size terms. They’re called ‘Ascella’ in case you were wondering, and named after a star in the Sagitarius constellation. Privacy tint on the rear side glass is also standard, while you also get black roof rails, front fog lights, headlamp washers, basic LED headlights, and LED rear lights with ‘scrolling’ indicators.

Interior

In SE Drive form, the Kodiaq gets five seats, and plenty of brushed-aluminium trim to brighten up the cabin. The facelift brought with it Skoda’s expensive-feeling new two-spoke multi-function steering wheel, and while the front seats only use a plain, dark upholstery they are both height adjustable. There’s dual-zone climate control (with big, easy-to-use rotary controls) and mildly plush leather trim on the door panels. There’s also a massive double-decker glovebox, the lid for the top part of which basically makes up the entire passenger side of the dashboard. The touchscreen at this level is Skoda’s eight-inch ‘Amundsen’ system, and is classy-looking and simple enough to use.

SE-L Executive

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Exterior

Fancy a bit of bling for your Kodiaq? Then you might like the SE-L Executive model’s extra chrome, which is most obvious on the big grille but it’s on the roof rails and window surrounds too. The wheels are up an inch to 19-inch, and are now called ‘Cursa’ (yup; that’s a star too). There’s also a slightly bigger rear roof spoiler, and LED rear foglights.

Interior

If you need seven seats in your Kodiaq, then SE-L Executive is the trim to go for. As well as the extra seats, you’ll get a front-seat armrest with storage compartments, heated front seats with electric adjustments for the driver, a brushed metal-effect trim on the dash, and the brilliantly handy travel umbrella stashed in the driver’s door. You also get an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Sportline

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Exterior

Sportline apes much of the styling of the high-performance vRS model, and makes the Kodiaq look almost menacing. You now get dark-finished 20-inch ‘Vega’ alloy wheels, black roof rails, a shiny black finish for the grille and window surrounds, and sportier-looking bumpers front and rear. The door mirrors also have ‘puddle lights’.

Interior

As you’d expect, Sportline models get a sporty-looking interior — wouldn’t be much point, otherwise. The steering wheel is now a three-spoke item with gearshift paddles for the standard-fit DSG automatic gearbox. There are aluminium pedals, fake carbon-fibre trim for the dash and doors, sports seats with a soft ‘microsuede’ fabric and diamond quilting (they’re heated, too). There’s also an interior lighting system that illuminates the insides of the door bins, which can be handy. The touchscreen is now a 9.2-inch ‘Columbus’ system, and there’s a wireless phone charging pad.

L&K

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Exterior

L&K — named for Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement, the people who founded the Skoda company — is Skoda’s luxury trim, and you’ll find the Laurin & Klement names written in a little touch of calligraphy on the front wheelarches. There are 19-inch ‘Sirius’ wheels, and we’re back to lots and lots of shiny chrome on the outside, plus a big panoramic glass sunroof.

Interior

L&K models are all about luxury, so you get really comfy leather seats, heated-and-ventilated in the front, which have the Laurin & Klement logo stitched into the surface. There’s more interior chrome and ‘piano black’ inserts, plus aluminium pedals. The L&K version also gets standard digital dials (which Skoda calls a ‘virtual cockpit’). You also get a high-end ‘Canton’ sound system.

vRS

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Exterior

vRS is not just a trim, it’s a specific high-performance model, and you can tell it apart from the broadly similar-looking Sportline thanks to the little red-and-silver vRS badges on the grille and the bootlid. vRS Kodiaqs get 20-inch ‘Sagitarius’ alloy wheels with complex-looking aerodynamic covers, and gloss-black caps for the door mirrors. The Skoda name on the bootlid is also now finished in a more menacing black.

Interior

The cabin of the vRS looks very similar to that of the Sportline, but you can tell them apart thanks to the vRS’s seats, which get contrast stitching in red to go with the man-made suede and the diamond quilting. There’s red stitching for the steering wheel and the gearshift cover, too. As with the L&K, the vRS also gets the ‘virtual cockpit’ digital instruments, which come with vRS-specific displays.

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