It’s not enough that Skoda has premiered an all-new seven-seater SUV, the newly baptized “Skodiaq” as it has been referred on social media also gains a more competent off-road version.
The Skoda Kodiaq Scout comes with better off-road credentials thanks to the increased ground clearance, and following the same recipe as with the Octavia Scout it will also come with standard all-wheel drive traction. Exterior styling differentiations from the regular Kodiaq models include silver front and rear underbody protection and the standard 19-inch alloy wheels only available with this particular version. There’s even a subtle “Scout” badge featured on the front fenders and also inside on the glove compartment.
The Kodiaq Scout builds on the mid-range Ambition trim, and packs standard Off-Road Assist and the Driving Mode Select system for Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual, and Snow settings. Standard equipment also includes ten-color LED ambient lighting, Alcantara upholstery, steel pedals, textile floor mats, and an infotainment system with eight speakers. Three powertrains are available – base 1.4 TSI with 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts), good for 62 mph (100 kph) in 9.8 seconds and a top speed of 122 mph (197 kph). The strong 2.0 TSI has 180 hp (132 kW) for an 8 seconds sprint and a maximum velocity of 128 mph (207 kph).
The most popular choice will undoubtedly be the 2.0 TDI offered with 150 or 190 hp, with the first coming with 9.5 seconds and 122 mph (197 kph) performance credentials and the second with 8.9 seconds and 130 mph (210 kph). All versions get AWD with an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch in front of the rear differential. The ground clearance stands at 194 mm, with the SUV also getting a Rough-Road package featuring extra protection for the underbody, engine, brake and fuel lines as well as cables.