BEAR OF GOOD NEWS
Skoda’s Kodiaq, the car of 2017, gets a top-model facelift for 2018.
Skoda gives its award-winning Kodiaq a makeover in Sportline guide.
TWO BITS OF TRIVIA: THE KODIAK IS THE world’s largest bear, and also a brand of American chewing tobacco. And spelt with a q, it’s also a multi-awarding winning SUV and our favourite drive of 2017.
So for 2018, Skoda celebrated with the addition of the Sportline halo model, basically a fully-kitted out AWD 2.0-litre petrol turbo TSI, or TDI diesel. The petrol model’s $62,990 is a $6000 premium over the ‘Style’ top-spec petrol equivalent, but it effectively offers all the typical options plus more. Given the entry level Kodiaq Ambition starts at $42,990, that’s a $20k span for petrol, and $25k if we include the $67,990 Sportline diesel.
Sportline features include 20-inch wheels, stylish and comfortable Alcantara interior trim with carbon style trim is inside, and black accents outside, including the grille, mirrors and roof racks, as well as tinted windows and a bespoke rear bumper. Not forgetting the lap timer in the dash, a clue to the forthcoming Kodiaq RS.
Nor should we forget what makes the Kodiaq so special: from the slick sevenspeed gearbox, seven seat accommodation, to the umbrellas in the doors trims, icescraper/tyre placard magnifier in the fuel cap,