The Skoda Kodiaq now wears an RS badge. How is it different? How does it perform in real-world tests? Let’s find out.
New Delhi, India – Jun 23, 2019
The Kodiaq is a full-size SUV that packs in a ton of clever technology and acres of practicality. In fact, the Kodiaq has been our pick of the range for all the enthusiasts out there. It comes powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine at its heart, and while the diesel engine has a decent mid-range, it runs out of breath at higher revs. Skoda has come up with a solution – the Kodiaq RS. We push one to its limits to find out how it lives up to that RS alias.
The Skoda Kodiaq RS is very identical to the standard model. In fact, what sets the RS apart are sportier bumpers, 20-inch wheels with low profile rubber, red-painted brake callipers, gloss black bits all around and not to forget the RS badging on the tailgate and the front grille. On the inside, the Kodiaq RS gets an all-black interior theme. While the layout of the dashboard is reminiscent of the standard model meaning you still get a massive touchscreen infotainment system, Virtual cockpit, circular climate control knobs and vertically places air-con vents. Other than that, the face of the dash gets a faux carbon fibre finish, the steering wheel is wrapped in perforated leather and the front seats look dapper in Alcantara leather. In our time filming the Skoda Kodiaq RS review, we supposedly found out the seats to be extremely comfortable over long distances.
Under the hood, the Kodiaq RS is still powered by the 2.0-litre diesel that we tested in the standard Kodiaq. However, Skoda has managed to up the figures by fitting twin-turbochargers that result in a power output of 236 horses and a torque output of 400Nm. In real-world tests, the engine performs better, but it still isn’t exceedingly fast. That being said, the low-end is brisk but the meat of the powerband is the mid-range where a flex of the right foot results in quick acceleration and lofty speeds. The steering weighs up decently and while the handling is a notch above the Kodiaq, the electronic aids like Dynamic chassis control and progressive steering take away the connection between the driver and the road. The ride quality is stiff, and we surely believe Skoda will be downsizing the tyres if the RS makes its way to the Indian market. To read the detailed Skoda Kodiaq RS review, be sure to tune in to autoX.
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