Implementation of GST and environmental concerns of late, has created a lot of uncertainty around diesels and luxury cars in general. This has made manufacturers more cautious and therefore, they now put a lot of thought into predicting government’s next move and offering relevant product choices that gingerly make their way into the market after lot of deliberation. Kodiaq is Skoda’s foray and how does it stack against the rivals like Volkswagen Tiguan, Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner etc. we find out.
Design and Exterior
It’s the longest, tallest, and the widest. It also has the longest wheelbase and best ground clearance amongst all its competitors. So with regards to proportions, the Ford Endeavour is the most imposing and has tremendous road presence. Following it closely in the second place is the Fortuner which looks every bit like an old-school SUV with its high set shoulder line and headlamps and squared wheel arches. Large wheel wells (in case of Endeavour as well as Fortuner) give an idea about their go-anywhere capability and wheel-travel.
Though the Skoda Kodiaq does not look as imposing as the Ford Endeavour or the Toyota Fortuner, it definitely looks like as SUV despite the lower height. Squared wheel arches, body cladding all around and sharp play of surfaces helps the matter.
|Dimensions & Capacities||Skoda Kodiaq||Volkswagen Tiguan||Ford Endeavour||Toyota Fortuner|
|Length||4697 mm||4486 mm||4872 mm||4795 mm|
|Width||1882 mm||1839 mm||1860 mm||1855 mm|
|Height||1676 mm||1672 mm||1837 mm||1835 mm|
|Wheelbase||2791 mm||2677 mm||2850 mm||2745 mm|
|Ground clearance||188 mm (Unladen) 140 mm (Laden)||149 mm||225 mm||215 mm|
The odd one here is the Tiguan that does not look as imposing as the rest, though it does look every bit modern, sleek and SUV-like. Tiguan is the also the shortest, stands lowest and has the least width and shortest wheelbase among all.
Interior and Features
While Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan do share the platform and offer great build quality, the similarities end just there. In case of Kodiaq, you get three rows of seats while Tiguan can seat only five and offers two rows for passengers. Even the layout of the dash and design is completely apart. The colour scheme in case of Kodiaq is dual-tone while Tiguan uses an all-black dash. You get a panoramic sunroof in case of both of these cars and features like rear-AC vents, cruise control, four-wheel drive system and a lot of other safety equipment like ABS, EBD, ESC etc. is available as standard in case of both the cars. The Kodiaq also offers hands-free parking system which no other car offers in this category.
Even the Ford Endeavour comes loaded with a great set of features and you get almost every feature that you get in case of the Kodiaq and Tiguan including the infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You also get the obligatory safety equipment like ABS, Hill-hold, ESC etc. you get in the case of Kodiaq and Endeavour. All three also offer tyre-pressure monitoring system (TPMS), climate control system, driving modes, electrically-powered seat adjustment etc.
The Toyota Fortuner, though a very capable car and also offers a lot of equipment that you get in case of the rest, however, it misses out on some of the prominent ones like TPMS, panoramic sunroof, automatic wipers, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay etc.
Engine and Transmission
Skoda Kodiaq, as well as the Volkswagen Tiguan, offer smallest capacity motor i.e 2.0-litre diesel and there’s no option of petrol. While both may have the same capacity, in the Kodiaq it develops marginally more power at 148bhp while in Tiguan it develops 141bhp, the torque is same at 340Nm in case of both and transmission is the similar 7-speed DSG that sends power to all four wheels.
|Engine and Gearbox||Skoda Kodiaq||Volkswagen Tiguan||Ford Endeavour||Toyota Fortuner|
|Engine capacity||2.0 (D)||2.0 (D)||2.2 (D) / 3.2 (D)||2.8 (D) / 2.7 (P)|
|Gearbox||7- DSG||7- DSG||6 - DCT||6 MT & 6 AT / 5 MT & 6 AT|
|Power (bhp)||148||141||158 / 197||174 / 164|
|Torque (Nm)||340||340||385 / 470||420 & 450 / 245|
|Transmission||4 WD||4 WD||2 WD / 4 WD||2 WD & 4 WD / 2 WD|
The Endeavour also does not offer petrol motor, while you get two diesel choices. A smaller 2.2-litre motor, that puts out 158bhp power and 385Nm of torque. And a 3.2-litre motor, that develops an enormous 197bhp of power and 470Nm of torque. The choice of four-wheel drive is available with the larger motor. Toyota Fortuner offers a 2.7-litre petrol and a 2.8-litre diesel that develop 164bhp and 174bhp respectively. While torque figures are 245Nm (for the petrol) and 420Nm (for manual diesel) and 450Nm (for automatic diesel). Just like in case of Endeavour, you get the choice of the 4x4 transmission only with the larger diesel motor.
Whichever way you look at it, the Skoda Kodiaq seems like an overpriced car despite its equipment level, which is indeed best-in-class. The Volkswagen Tiguan is a fine car that comes loaded too, however, it gives the third row a miss and may limit practicality for some, the same goes for Toyota Fortuner, which at a comparatively lower price gives some of the features a miss. So, in our opinion, the Endeavour is the best package among all.