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New look and extra kit for facelifted Škoda Kodiaq

The Škoda Kodiaq SUV has been updated for 2021, introducing a host of design and specification improvements along with new engine options and upgraded assistance systems.

The facelifted Škoda Kodiaq

Priced from £27,650, the facelifted range opens for orders early June, available with five engine options and five trim levels, covering SE, SE L, SportLine, L&K and vRS and all with increased equipment compared to the old model.

Engine options comprise three petrols and two diesels, all part of the new EVO line, which introduces new efficiency solutions, such as the ‘twin dosing’ method of exhaust gas treatment used in the diesel engines, which lowers nitrogen oxide emissions by some 80%, while fuel consumption on the petrols is reduced thanks to a higher injection pressure. Selected powertrains come with DSG transmissions and four-wheel drive.

The flagship engine is the new 245hp 2.0 TSI petrol used exclusively in the new vRS model; it replaces the previous 2.0 TDI and is 60kg lighter while the new DSG transmission is 5.2kg lighter than the previous gearbox. As before, the vRS model is fitted with four-wheel drive as standard – its pricing will be announced at a later date.

Styling changes for the latest Kodiaq bring a revised front-end with a new grille and front lights, the latter now incorporating LED technology as standard and with full LED Matrix lights standard from SE L trim upwards.

The rear gains an updated bumper, new spoiler and tail lights with LED technology, while interior updates bring a new two-spoke steering wheel as standard on all new Kodiaq models, with the SportLine and vRS variants featuring a sportier three-spoke wheel.

The new Kodiaq also benefits from extra driver assistance systems, including a new adaptive cruise control function and a new emergency braking function that can detect both pedestrians and cyclists. As part of the car’s proactive passenger protection, new radar sensors at the back can prepare the vehicle and its occupants for the risk of a collision from behind.

The facelifted Škoda Kodiaq starts first UK deliveries in July.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.