2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS Review | carsales

2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS Review | carsales


The RS badge, it means hot hatches and high
performance right? Well this is the Skoda Kodiaq RS and it’s
an SUV… .
And it’s a diesel. You won’t see the Kodiaq RS in showrooms
until next February… where it will have a $65,990 price tag But Skoda’s invited us to tight and twisting
Luddenham raceway in Sydney’s west for a brief initial taste. We can’t try the RS out on local roads because
these are New Zealand-spec vehicles. Tackling the tight corners there’s a bit
of push from the front and a bit of wobbling from the rear and good response from the brakes. Yep the RS does move around but it’s fun
rather than frightening. To deliver that balance the Kodiaq RS combines
all-wheel drive, adaptive chassis control and 20-inch Conti rubber. The 2.0-litre biturbo diesel engine makes
its Australian debut in the Kodiaq RS It’s the most powerful diesel Skoda’s
ever sold … and the fact it’s in Australia at all is
a bit of a win because head office had to be convinced to reclassify Australia from
hot to moderately hot so it could come here And moderately hot probably sums up its performance
too… mated with a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox
it accelerates from zero to 100 kilometres an hour in seven seconds… On Luddenham’s short straight the RS is
fast, but not hot hatch fast. There’s a few dress-up items to differentiate
the RS … but the fundamental seven-seat layout is the same as lesser Kodiaqs. Which is no bad thing really, because the
big Skoda is one of the more impressive mid-size shopping trolleys doing the rounds… Interlude to outro
Well that’s a brief taste of the Skoda Kodiaq RS… And I’ve got to say, I think it’s got
the wrong badge on it… It feels more like a GT But we’ll find out more about that when
we test it on some typically tough Aussie roads in the near future.