New Skoda Kodiaq spotted: price, specs and release date

John Tallodi
March 31, 2021

The Skoda Kodiaq SUV is getting some visual and technological updates for 2021. Read on for full details on this popular seven-seater SUV.

  • Updated Skoda Kodiaq teased
  • Redesigned LED headlights
  • Seven-seater configuration still available
  • Updated grille and foglights
  • Modified brake light design
  • Engine options will include existing petrol and diesel engines
  • FWD and AWD drivetrains offered
  • 240hp vRS model to return to lineup
  • Will be officially unveiled on April 13th
  • Prices to start at around £28,000

A mildly updated version of the popular Skoda Kodiaq was recently spotted testing and now Skoda has released a few more details about this roomy SUV before its official unveiling on 13 April. Read on for everything you need to know about this VW Tiguan and SEAT Tarraco alternative.

2021 Skoda Kodiaq design

Look closely and you’ll spot tweaked headlights and fog lights.

Seeing as this is not an entirely new model, the Skoda Kodiaq has only received minor exterior tweaks to keep it looking fresh. Indeed, the prototype above has only needed a small amont of camouflage to hide its modified design.

This teaser sketch from Skoda confirmes the new car will look similar to the current model

At the front, you’ll spot redesigned LED headlights, a more upright hexagonal grille with twin slats and repositioned foglights that now integrate better with the thinner headlights. The bonnet is also slightly revised to accommodate the new-look grille and headlights.

The current Kodiaq’s rear end has been left untouched. 

The slimmer exterior lighting extends to the rear where the brake lights are now narrower and depict a stylised version of Skoda’s classic C-shape design. A marginally more prominent boot lid spoiler rounds off the exterior visual changes.

2021 Skoda Kodiaq interior

The outgoing Kodiaq’s cabin (shown here) isn’t due for any dramatic upgrades. 

There are no official images of the refreshed interior yet but you can expect only minor changes to what is one of the roomiest SUVs in its class. Pick a five-seat model and there’ll be plenty of passenger and boot space – opting for seven seats does mean you lose out on a bit of boot space, however.

Watch our Skoda Kodiaq review

The fit and finish inside the current Skoda Kodiaq is decent and you can expect more of the same from the new model, along with a few new interior trim and colour options to help keep the spacious SUV looking modern.

The centrally mounted touchscreen should receive some updated software and Skoda has hinted at some technical refinements which could translate into additional connectivity features, too. This would help it take on more tech-heavy SUVs such as the recently updated Volkswagen Tiguan.

2021 Skoda Kodiaq engines

The current Skoda Kodiaq range consists of two petrol engines in 150hp and 190hp guise and two diesel engines with either 150hp or 200hp. The range-topping 240hp turbodiesel Skoda Kodiaq vRS was phased out due to emissions regulations during the course of last year but it should be back in facelifted form.

The rest of the engine range is expected to return with no major changes expected. Both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models will also be offered.

2021 Skoda Kodiaq price and release date

The facelifted Skoda Kodiaq will be officially unveiled on April 13th and the order books should be open shortly thereafter. Deliveries to the UK will start later in 2021. The current range kicks off at just below £27,000 for the 5-seater Kodiaq SE and runs all the way to £42,000 for the 7-seater Kodiak L&K. The new Kodiaq’s prices should be closely aligned to these figures so expect to pay around £28,000 for a base-spec model.

If you can’t wait for the new model to go on sale, check out the latest Skoda Kodiaq deals or compare the best seven-seat SUVs on sale. If you’re not sure what to buy, carwow can give you help choosing your ideal car.

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