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2023 Skoda Kodiaq can do 200+ km/h and take on extreme roads

2023 Skoda Kodiaq first drive

Skoda India has released the BS6 Phase 2 update for its flagship model, the Kodiaq. Priced at Rs 37.99 lakh, the Kodiaq is now available in three trims and exclusively comes with a petrol engine. Equipped with a 2.0-litre TSI engine paired with a 7-speed DSG transmission, the Kodiaq delivers an impressive performance. To put its capabilities to the test, we had the opportunity to drive the Kodiaq on the NATRAX, Asia’s longest automotive testing track. While this is not a comprehensive road test, we were able to form our initial impressions after spending a few minutes with the new SUV.

2023 Skoda Kodiaq can do 200+ km/h and take on extreme roads

Taking the Skoda Kodiaq on the NATRAX High-Speed Track, my focus was to maintain the lane and push the accelerator to the floor. Shifting the transmission to S mode, I began to do just that. The track’s design meant that minimal steering input was required, allowing me to fully experience the power of the turbo-petrol engine. Also Read: All-new Skoda Kodiaq luxury SUV fully revealed ahead of India launch

2023 Skoda Kodiaq can do 200+ km/h and take on extreme roads

With its 2.0-litre TSI engine generating 188 Bhp and 320 Nm of torque, the Kodiaq effortlessly accelerated to triple-digit speeds. From there, it steadily climbed to 200 km/h. However, it didn’t stop there; we witnessed a top speed of 215 km/h on the fully digital instrument cluster.

2023 Skoda Kodiaq can do 200+ km/h and take on extreme roads

My input was minimal during this exhilarating experience. The Kodiaq is ingeniously engineered to stay solid and stable on straight stretches, giving you the impression of being surrounded by a well-built, high-quality cabin. In fact, the Kodiaq has received a 5-star rating in the EURO NCAP safety rating. Having the opportunity to test its top speed was truly a unique experience, as it’s unlikely to be replicated on public roads.

2023 Skoda Kodiaq can do 200+ km/h and take on extreme roads

Going off tarmac

2023 Skoda Kodiaq can do 200+ km/h and take on extreme roads

Venturing off the pavement, we discovered that despite its massive size and weight of nearly 2 tons, the Kodiaq showcased impressive agility thanks to its advanced electronics. We took the new Kodiaq to a curated track and navigated through various off-roading sections. Also Read: Skoda Kodiaq vs Hyundai Tucson: A Comparison of Their Variants Under Rs 40 Lakh

2023 Skoda Kodiaq can do 200+ km/h and take on extreme roads

After experiencing thrilling speeds, we were then instructed to maintain a speed of 15 km/h. The Kodiaq’s intelligent electronics made the mammoth SUV feel light on its feet. We successfully tackled a series of off-roading obstacles with ease, thanks to the assistance provided by the vehicle’s advanced electronics.

The Kodiaq comes packed with features, and even during the off-roading course, the display provided us with valuable information such as departure angle, approach angle, compass, oil temperature, and other useful details.

2023 Skoda Kodiaq can do 200+ km/h and take on extreme roads

Nevertheless, we believe that most Skoda Kodiaq owners may not often take their vehicles off-road to truly test its capabilities. However, for those who do, they will be pleasantly surprised by the Kodiaq’s ability to conquer extreme terrains effortlessly. The Skoda Kodiaq is a luxurious car that ensures your safety and comfort, especially during long highway drives.