New Skoda Kodiaq spotted: price, specs and release date

Padraig Mallett
January 13, 2021

The Skoda Kodiaq SUV will benefit from some visual upgrades in 2021. Read on for full details on this upcoming seven-seat SUV. 

  • Updated Skoda Kodiaq confirmed
  • Minor exterior and interior changes
  • Available with 5 or 7 seats
  • Performance vRS model available
  • Expect prices to start from around £28,000

An updated version of the Skoda Kodiaq has been spotted testing. It’s an alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and SEAT Tarraco, and first impressions would suggest Skoda hasn’t changed too much for this upcoming model. Here’s everything we know so far.

2021 Skoda Kodiaq design

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

In terms of exterior design, the new Skoda Kodiaq looks to be almost identical to the current model. There appear to be some minor adjustments to the headlight design, front grille and lower intake area of the front bumper, but you’d be forgiven for thinking nothing has changed from the current model.

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

Key design cues such as the prominent bulge in the bonnet, the squared and flared arches, and the lower sill/door protectors all remain on the revised model. The rear looks very similar too, with a more prominent boot lid spoiler being the only major noticeable difference.

2021 Skoda Kodiaq interior

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

The current Skoda Kodiaq is one of the roomiest seven-seater SUVs on sale. The rear two seats are really only suitable for children, but that aside it’s very practical and spacious if used as a 5-seater – especially if you’re looking for a car with a vast boot.

Watch our Skoda Kodiaq review

Overall, the interior quality of the Kodiaq is quite good and the current car is packed with plenty of sturdy materials – it’s unlikely Skoda will change much in this regard. Expect the large touchscreen mounted in the dash to remain and you might see a few minor interior amendments along with a few tweaks to the infotainment software to make it faster and easier to use.

2021 Skoda Kodiaq engines

Currently, you can choose between a 150hp 1.5-litre petrol engine, a 190hp 2.0-litre petrol engine or a 150hp 2.0-litre diesel unit. There’s also a 240hp 2.0-litre diesel vRS model on offer which is fast but not all that fun (it is a huge practical SUV, after all.) Skoda is expected to carry these engines over to the new Kodiaq.

2021 Skoda Kodiaq price and release date

Expect the new facelifted Skoda Kodiaq to be revealed in full in the first half of 2021 with customer orders opening shortly after. If you’re one of the first in line, you can expect the first customer cars to arrive in the UK in late 2021 or early 2022. Prices shouldn’t change significantly from the current car, so entry-level models will set you back around £28,000.

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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