New Skoda Kodiaq revealed, including hot vRS model: price, specs and release date

Ryan Hirons
April 13, 2021

A revised version of the Skoda Kodiaq has been introduced, with the SUV getting some visual tweaks plus the return of the high-performance vRS

  • Revised Skoda Kodiaq revealed
  • Tweaked exterior design
  • Minor changes inside
  • Petrol and diesel engines unchanged
  • Kodiaq vRS returns with petrol power
  • On sale July 2021

A refreshed version of the Skoda Kodiaq has been introduced. Tweaks have been made to the look of this Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Tarraco alternative, along with a few interior upgrades and the return of a high-performance Kodiaq vRS model.

New Skoda Kodiaq design

You’ve got new taillights and scrolling indicators at the back of the Kodiaq

Skoda hasn’t changed much about the Kodiaq for 2021 – after all if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it, right? From every angle, the new car still looks a lot like the current Skoda Kodiaq, albeit with a bit of nip and tuck to take some years off it.

Changes at the front are most noticeable, with a taller grille, flatter bonnet and slimmer headlights giving the Kodiaq a more boxy stance.

Slimmer headlights add to a more boxy look

It’s not too different at the back of the car, although there are new LED brake lights and a set of Audi-esque scrolling indicators on higher-spec cars. You have a choice of new wheels designs too, ranging from 17- to 20-inches.

New Skoda Kodiaq interior

You can have this two-spoke steering wheel if you want your car to look like it’s smiling at you

It’s not exactly a revolution inside the refreshed Skoda Kodiaq. You’ll get a new two- or three-spoke steering wheel depending on which trim you pick, and there’s some new fancy trim bits and some contrasting stitching on offer, but that’s your lot.

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You can now pick front seats with heating and ventilation though, plus a massage function. The infotainment system options are untouched though, so you’ll get an 8- or 9.2-inch screen depending on how you spec your Kodiaq plus the option of a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display.

New Skoda Kodiaq engines

The standard engine line-up is unchanged

Skoda hasn’t changed the standard engine line-up for the Kodiaq — so you stil have the choice of 150hp and 190hp petrol options, plus 150hp and 200hp diesels.

The lower-output petrol comes with front-wheel drive and the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, with the more powerful option featuring all-wheel-drive as standard. The diesel choices are both all-wheel-drive too and use the same automatic gearbox.

The Skoda Kodiaq vRS has returned with petrol power

The Skoda Kodiaq vRS makes a return after a brief hiatus too, though now sees it uses the same petrol engine as the Volkswagen Golf GTI rather than the older Kodiaq vRS’s beefy diesel. This means it has 245hp on tap, though no word yet on performance figures beyond that.

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New Skoda Kodiaq price and release date

Order books for the revised Skoda Kodiaq range will open up in July, with deliveries to follow later in the year. No word yet on how much it will cost, but expect entry-level cars to cost from around £28,000.

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