Torque (Singapore) - - SKODA SPECIAL -

What does a bi­cy­cle com­pany, ver­sa­tile stor­age and a com­fort­able ride have in com­mon? The an­swer lies at the doorstep of Skoda, a com­pany formed in 1895 and which to­day boasts a model range that caters to the needs of the mod­ern fam­ily. Two of the au­tomaker’s new­est mod­els – the Skoda Su­perb and Ko­diaq sport util­ity ve­hi­cle (SUV) – con­tinue Skoda’s rep­u­ta­tion as a car­maker that of­fers loads of sim­ply clever kit and prac­ti­cal­ity for not much money.

With ag­gres­sive styling, Skoda’s range is un­mis­tak­able for any­thing else on the road. The Skoda Su­perb is the third gen­er­a­tion of a line which be­gan in 2001 and has since evolved to be­come a car renowned for its space, re­fine­ment and prac­ti­cal fea­tures, all while be­ing com­pet­i­tively priced. In its cur­rent form, the Su­perb has shed the soft lines of its pre­de­ces­sor and has taken on a more con­tem­po­rary, an­gu­lar style, rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing Skoda’s range of cars. That hasn’t changed its com­fort and spa­cious­ness, which has helped the Su­perb win it more than 26 in­ter­na­tional awards be­tween 2015-2017.

At the front, the creased bon­net lines are com­pli­mented by the sculpted bi-xenon

head­lights, which are linked to the C-shaped rear lights by a strong char­ac­ter line run­ning down the length of the side.

Oc­cu­pants rid­ing in the Su­perb will ap­pre­ci­ate the wide shoul­der room and gen­er­ous 991mm of head­room for the driver and front pas­sen­ger.

The boot, ac­ces­si­ble through an elec­tri­cally op­er­ated lid, has a class-lead­ing 625 litres of space, and fold­ing the rear seats down yields a vast 1760 litres, per­fect for oc­ca­sions when you need to carry long items.

Other stor­age op­tions like a cooled glove­box, hid­den stor­age un­der the front pas­sen­ger seat and a Jumbo Box un­der the front arm­rest (also cooled) means you have space for ev­ery­thing, while keep­ing the in­te­rior neat and tidy. Rid­ing on the same MQB plat­form as the Su­perb, the Skoda Ko­diaq can carry all seven pas­sen­gers in quiet com­fort, sur­rounded by prac­ti­cal fea­tures de­signed for the fam­ily. The Ko­diaq comes with hooks and a net to stop lug­gage from rolling around in the ca­pa­cious rear, which has 630 litres with the third-row down, and a mas­sive 2005 litres with the sec­ond-row folded. Nav­i­gat­ing tight spa­ces? The Ko­diaq of­fers a four-cam­era sys­tem that shows the driver ex­actly how close the car is to nearby ob­jects, al­low­ing for pre­cise park­ing manou­vres.

If you park in tight spa­ces, the Ko­diaq also pro­tects it­self by au­to­mat­i­cally sheath­ing door edges with plas­tic strips as they are opened, pro­tect­ing it­self from dam­age.

On the road, the re­spon­sive 177hp 4-cylin­der en­gine keeps the fun go­ing, while the all-wheel drive and adap­tive cruise con­trol en­sures the safety of all. Whether you choose the Su­perb or Ko­diaq, they both come with fea­tures like in­te­rior Am­bi­ent Light­ing to lift the mood in the cabin, whose colours can be changed through the 9.2-inch in­fo­tain­ment dis­play. On both cars, swip­ing your foot un­der­neath the rear ac­ti­vates Vir­tual Pedal, which opens the boot hands-free.

With a five-year war­ranty and three-year ser­vic­ing pack­age, you can be as­sured that your Skoda will be taken care of while you tackle the chal­lenges of life.

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