BEAR OF GOOD NEWS

Skoda’s Ko­diaq, the car of 2017, gets a top-model facelift for 2018.

New Zealand LCV - - CONTENTS - Story & pho­tos: Dean Evans

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,

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