Skoda Kodiaq RS pricing revealed

Seven seats, lots of tech and a bit of attitude... what will the new Skoda Kodiaq RS cost?

2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS
Skoda Kodiaq RS 2019

Skoda Australia has announced pricing and spec details for its new twin-turbo halo model - and the fastest three-row SUV ever at the Nurburgring - the Kodiaq RS.

Retailing at $65,990 and offered as a single, highly-specified variant, the five-door, seven-seat Kodiaq RS sits at the very top of the range with a sizable $14,500 gap between it and the previous Skoda Kodiaq flagship, the Kodiaq 132TSI Sportline.

Helping justify the extra outlay is a unique powertrain that elevates performance significantly, along with a bespoke suspension to help control that extra mechanical muscle.

The price puts it in amongst entry-level premium-brand medium SUVs like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, but the Kodiaq is better equipped and more powerful.

Likewise, it's more powerful than top-spec diesel competitors like the Mazda CX-5 Akera ($50,360).

The Kodiaq RS is powered by a 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel four-cylinder, producing 170kW and 500Nm. With the two turbochargers operating in series, the RS boasts a torque band that's much broader than typical diesel engines, while other tweaks to the cylinder head, block and combustion chamber aim to imbue it with a more athletic edge.

Skoda Kodiaq RS 2019

Power is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with the Kodiaq RS suspended on electronically adjustable dampers with a dedicated sport mode. Its braking hardware (above) is also beefed up to cope with the elevated performance.

Standard equipment levels are typical Skoda - generous by default. An electronic instrument panel is standard, as are leather/Alcantara-trimmed electronically adjusted sports seats, an RS-specific steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, active cruise control, sat-nav and smartphone mirroring.

Skoda Kodiaq RS 2019

In fact, the only options available are the car's colour, a panoramic glass sunroof, and metal side steps.

The Kodiaq RS is officially available for order, but with the car only just now made available for our market - something that only became possible due to Volkswagen Group's reclassification of Australia to a cooler climate category - the first vehicles aren't due to roll into showrooms until February next year.

PRICING

Skoda Kodiaq RS - $65,990

Metallic paint - $770

Panoramic roof - $1900

Side steps - $1300

 

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