Skoda’s flagship SUV has been around since 2016 and after the last year’s update, we expect that the current generation will remain in production for a few more years. Therefore, we expect that the 2023 Skoda Kodiaq will carry on without more important changes. We are about to see a familiar layout, while the only changes we could see are minor updates, such as certain additions to the list of standard equipment, new color options etc.
On the other hand, the overall layout will remain the same. We are about to see a familiar design, which has a lot of good things to offer. This SUV is spacious and comfortable, with plenty of cargo room. Also, we like the build quality, as well as the list of standard and available equipment. Finally, there is a pretty decent powertrain lineup, which includes both petrol and diesel options.
Since there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Skoda Kodiaq will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Skoda Kodiaq Design
Considering the last year’s facelift, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Skoda Kodiaq will come without more important updates. Of course, there is always a chance to see things like new color options but the overall layout will remain the same. You may count on all the novelties that were introduced last year. We saw all kinds of novelties, such as the new, more upright grille design, slimmer headlights, new hood design, new bumpers, roof spoiler etc.
Mechanically, things haven’t changed much since the initial launch. This SUV rides on the company’s familiar MQB platform and shares most of the parts with VW Tiguan Allspace. Everything seems well put together, while the ride quality is pretty decent as well. You may count on sure-footed handling and a relatively decent level of comfort, even though the ride may feel a little bit firm at lower speeds.
On the inside, the 2023 Skoda Kodiaq will continue to deliver a familiar layout, which looks simple and conservative. The dashboard isn’t the most attractive in the segment, but it features excellent build quality. Everything feels rock-solid, while the materials are pretty fine as well. The sound insulation is pretty good too.
Still, Kodiaq’s strongest point is the amount of interior space. The front seats are very spacious and accommodate adults with ease, though we would like to see a little bit more side support. The second row is as spacious and accommodates three adults with ease. On the other hand, the third row is a little bit tighter and works best for kids only.
When it comes to cargo space, this SUV is very generous. You may count on 270L behind the third row, 765L behind the second row and more than 2000 liters of the total cargo volume.
We expect no bigger changes in this aspect. So, all models should come standard with goodies like 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, remote start, power tailgate, automatic headlights, roof rails, 9.2-inch infotainment screen, navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting etc.
Additionally, you can get things like bigger wheels, Matrix LED headlights, foglights, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, paddle shifters, Alcantara seats, driver memory settings, power-adjustable front seats, selectable drive modes, upgraded pedals and many more.
2023 Skoda Kodiaq Engines
Things under the hood won’t change and the 2023 Skoda Kodiaq will continue in familiar versions. Base models will carry on with a 1.5-liter turbo-four petrol engine, which puts out around 150 horsepower and 250Nm of torque. There is also a 2.0-lite turbo-four, which is available in different output variants. It comes in a version with 190 horsepower, while you can also get the high-performance RS model, which puts out 245 horses.
Of course, you can also get a model with the good-old 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel. All versions can be coupled with an all-wheel-drive system, while front-wheel drive is standard. When it comes to transmission, the base petrol engine can be coupled with either 6-speed manual or dual-clutch gearbox, while the rest of the engines come with dual-clutch transmission only.
2023 Skoda Kodiaq Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2023 Skoda Kodiaq sometime late in the year, with the starting price of around £33.000 in the UK, €35.000 in Europe and $52,990 in Australia.