Skoda Kodiaq RS Is Still A Well-Rounded SUV, Only With Extra Spice

The RS badge applied to Skodas, or vRS in the United Kingdom, has always meant a more exciting drive, sprinkled with some special exterior and interior touches.

Now, for the first time, the Chzech automaker has used the performance designation on an SUV: the new Kodiaq.

Presented at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the Kodiaq RS is powered by a 240 PS (237 hp / 177 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque 2.0-liter diesel. The bi-turbo TDI is the most powerful oil burner ever to have been used in one of the Czech brand’s cars, and is paired to a 7-speed auto and all-wheel drive.

Performance wise, the Kodiaq RS is quite punchy, as it sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.0 seconds and reaches 220 km/h (136 mph).

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With the RS logos, 20-inch wheels, 17-inch brakes, visible exhaust pipes, glossy elements and updated bumpers, the RS looks the part, too.

The same can be said about the interior, too, which gets a couple of sports seats at the front, leather and imitation suede, and contrast stitching to mark its special character.

The regular Kodiaq is one comfortable and spacious cruiser, and the RS doesn’t cut back on that. In fact, it has the same adaptive damping suspension, so it performs remarkably well, even in Sport mode, with the ride feeling composed and stable.

That being said, it is definitely not a less expensive alternative to the Porsche Macan Turbo, but rather a well put together SUV that stands out thanks to a few key upgrades and a powerful engine.

AutoTrader traveled to southern Spain to test the new Kodiaq RS, and here’s what they had to say about it.


  • Bash

    That’s just the old Q7

    • ace_9

      No, this is completely different, newer, but also cheaper car. Different platform, engines, parts. I doubt there is even one thing that is common with the old Q7.

      • alexxx


    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      The old Audi Q7 was on the PL71 platform. The Skoda Kodiaq uses the MQB platform that much of the Volkswagen range sits on. It can be scaled up or scaled down depending on the model – so everything from the new Polo to Arteon uses it.

      • Bash

        Thanks interesting, well at least the side profile reminds me of the old Q7.

  • Antonio Jose

    The hot versions of sSkod are called vRS in Portugal as well, not only in the UK.

    • alexxx

      In Croatia as well🙂

  • portlad

    If only the TTD was available here in Australia.. But due to our hot climate, the engine is unable to be certified for use downunder. We require extra cooling , auto transmission cooler, heavy duty air-con larger radiator & larger thermostat. There’s just no room under the bonnet for the extra plumbing required. This one would do well here. How about it Skoda, manufacturing an Aussie spec that can operate from -15c to +50c. The Euro versions are rated from about -30c to + 35c so overheating for us would be a major issue. We are missing out on what effectively be a popular model.

  • Matt

    The Cullinan doesn’t even ride on a BMW platform, so why call it the ‘BMW Cullinan’?

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