2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS Review: Sportiest 7-Seater SUVs
9 minutes, 29 seconds and 84 cents. This is the time recorded by the Queen of the Ring, Sabine Schmitz, aboard the 2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS in the Green Hell of the Nurburgring, equivalent to the best time ever recorded by a 7-seater SUV. With this business card, the Bohemian car presented itself to the general public 6 months ago, aiming to highlight the most premium and sporty side of the brand, attracting a different clientele.
With the arrival of the RS, a range of different versions is added, which are added to the “traditional” Kodiaq, like the Scout, the Sportline and the brand new 7 Tech. We have had the opportunity to try it between the ups and downs and the curves of the Veneto hills, to discover the pros and cons. Here is our proof of the Skoda Kodiaq RS.
2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS Exterior
The dimensions (4.69 meters long) of the sportier Kodiaq are unchanged but oddly changes the height from the ground, which increases by 2 mm compared to the Scout because of the new 20 “Xtreme alloy wheels, present as standard. An imperceptible change, unlike the aesthetic aspect, which has been embellished not only by very sporty wheels but also by other elements of character. The new front, with black moldings and grille, a new specific bumper and the VRS logo stand out, where the “V” (red for the first time) stands for victory, as per Skoda’s rally tradition, while RS means “Rally Sport”.
The full LED optics are standard both in front and behind, while in the side view you can see the red caliper of the braking system. Returning to the rear, the two chrome exhaust integrated into the rear bumper, which for the occasion has been redesigned and, in the upper part, has a reflector that crosses the whole car horizontally.
The first SUV of the RS family is also the first for which the Blue Race metallic color is available, which is combined with the Nero Crystal – also new – red, white and different shades of gray and black.
2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS Interior – Premium equipment
Also in the interior, of course, the 2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS boasts the new leather-covered logo on the steering wheel, the gearshift knob, the front seats and the two side seats of the second row.
The materials are fine and the refined stitching in contrast with red details make the environment more “racing”, along with the inserts in carbon look. Special applause goes to the seats (electric) in Alcantara with integrated head restraints and lozenge stitching, really well made and comfortable, despite the clearly sporty imprint. The standard equipment also includes punch strips with the Kodiaq logo and the LED package with adjustable ambient lighting in ten colors.
Technologically, the standard programmable Virtual Cockpit debuts with a fifth screen. This Sports display puts the tachometer and the rev counter in the foreground so that the driver can easily read the speed and engine speed even when he adopts a very dynamic driving style. Also included in the standard equipment is the responsive 8-inch navigator with the various mirroring systems and the integrated Skoda Connect connection.
Space does not change on the Skoda Kodiaq RS. The five-seat configuration is by default, but the two additional seats can be requested on request. With the 5 seats, we start from a boot capacity of 725 liters (230 liters with seven seats) and reaches 1,960 liters by knocking down the seats.
Finally, there are also the various “Simply Clever” solutions typical of the Brand, such as the removable luggage compartment cover, the umbrella compartment in the front door or, again, the protection for the doors that automatically comes out when the latter are opened.
2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS Performance – Very Powerful
We come to the most intriguing part of this Skoda Kodiaq RS: performance and driving pleasure. With a 2.0-liter 240-horsepower 240 hp and 500 Nm of torque, the SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 221 km /h.
The performance of the Kodiaq Rally Sport, with the most powerful Diesel engine in the history of the Czech House, is orchestrated by the 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. The double clutch of the Volkswagen House is a guarantee: lightning-fast change and intuitiveness that, even today, has few competitors on the market. The pleasure of driving gains, even when you use the small (always too much) paddle behind the wheel, supportive steering.
The 2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS is not, however, all sportsmanship. Acting on the driving modes, where the Offroad configuration also remains with a special button, if you move from Sport to Eco or Normal, the Kodiaq unfastens the role of “Super” SUV and offers the usual comfort and the usual attitudes of the “Clark” version Kent”.
But we are interested in how he copes with the curves, so let’s get back to Sport and sink the foot on the gas. The thrust of the 500 Nm is very satisfying, as well as the extension. At the first hairpin, we note that the more than 1,800 kg of weight is well braked by discs340 mm ant. and 310 post., while the car maintains enviable stability. All this is thanks to the Dynamic Chassis Control, which in simpler words is equivalent to the electronically controlled shock absorbers, able to ensure the same comfort of the other Kodiaq in Normal and to show off more rigidity when switching to Sport. Even when traveling, the car body accompanies the driver’s choices well, obviously without doing miracles.
Well, also the steering, which is progressive, able to be more direct when the situation requires it. Like and do not like the Dynamic Sound Boost. It is a system designed to modulate the sound of the car, which acts through a dedicated control unit, calculates speed, torque, gear, and speed. In this way, the actuator located near the exhaust terminal produces an “artificial” sound, which interferes with the original sound of the exhaust system and integrates it, in order to obtain a more sporting sound, which even offers some timbre of 6-cylinder petrol. The artificiality, even if for a good purpose, does not convince completely, but satisfies the sporting guide well.
There is obviously, of course, four-wheel drive, which equips the entire Kodiaq range, but which in this case is standard. Finally, as far as consumption is concerned, the 2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS intends to stay around 7 l/100 km ( 6.4 l / 100 km declared), provided that it is possible to adopt a rather careful driving style.