Skoda’s first innings in the Indian SUV space was with the Yeti. The styling was quite unique to say the least but it was nice to drive and felt built to last, just as any other European automobile. However it did not sell as much as expected even though it was a great product. An automatic gearbox was also missed considering the premium positioning. In the car maker’s second coming, we now have the Kodiaq, a luxury 7 seater SUV. It will sit at the top of Skoda’s India model portfolio. It holds a lot of promise on paper but does it tick all the right boxes? Read on for the answer.

Skoda Kodiaq Exterior

Look at the Kodiaq first up and you notice the size. Though it might not seem as imposing as say the Endeavour or the Fortuner, it is not small by any means and has loads of street presence. The people gawking at us while we drove around will endorse that. The trademark Skoda butterfly grille looks classy in the gloss black finish. The ‘Czech Crystal’ headlamps with LED daytime running lamps have fantastic detailing and the fog lamps are neatly integrated into the front bumper. They come with cornering lights too. A prominent shoulder line runs across the side right up to the tail lamps. The doors also get various creases with a grey cladding on the bottom. The Kodiaq comes with 18 inch alloy wheels in a multispoke design. They suit the size of the SUV well but we would have liked a better design that would make it stand out more.  There is slim cladding on the wheel arches as well. The rear features large LED tail lamps in Skoda’s signature C shape and pretty much remind you of the Superb.