What do you Love/Hate about your Kodiaq?

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What do you Love/Hate about your Kodiaq?

Post by MattBrandCars » Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:02 pm

G'day everyone! My name is Matt and I run the Car Review YouTube channel MattBrandCars (link for those interested: https://www.youtube.com/mattbrandcars)

Skoda have given me a 2020 Kodiaq RS and I wanted to know from owners: What do you love about your Kodiaq? What do you hate?

I like to get the opinions of those who actually live with the car as well as my own thoughts from driving it over the week. I use some of what you have to say in the review! (Scheduled release: 2nd August)

Cheers in advance!

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Re: What do you Love/Hate about your Kodiaq?

Post by Old and Grumpy » Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:57 pm

Hate, the position of the main light switch. Always catching it with my knee when entering or exiting the car and knocking it off the "Auto" position. 😡

Love, absolutely everything else. 😊
2018 Kodiaq SE 1.4 TSI, 2WD, manual, 5 seater, Petrol Blue, Leicestershire. :D

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Re: What do you Love/Hate about your Kodiaq?

Post by Kenny R » Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:09 pm

Not a hate, but on a similar note, having no headlights on tell tale on the dash you have to glance at light switch to see if headlights are on.
As above , love everything else.
Candy White 2.0 TSi SE L 7 seat. Heated windscreen/ nozzles, kids pack, front rear parking sensors, reversing camera and spare wheel, Milotec rear bumper inserts.
And for the winter months: 17” Black alloys with 215x65x17 Nokian WR SUV3 winter tyres.

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Re: What do you Love/Hate about your Kodiaq?

Post by scratch113 » Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:22 pm

What do I hate about my Kodiaq? - hmm, that's actually a tough one. OK, I was disappointed that with full LED headlights and the auto high beam assist as an optional extra, the high beam is still just a simple on/off function and not that great. The Intelligent LED headlights on my wife's 2015 Mercedes C Class are so much better in that they 'shape' the beam to avoid oncoming cars and still give you a degree of high beam without dazzling oncoming drivers. Much quicker to react and almost never results in oncoming cars flashing you, which I can't say about the Kodiaq - you've got to keep your wits about you to turn the auto high beam off yourself, which kind of defeats the object. The real disappointment came when the dealer assured me that they would work like the Merc system when I was buying the car, but then found that wasn't true once I got it. VAG do also have the technology for the system available as many Audis and VWs have them, branded as "Matrix LED" on Audi.

What do I love? Well just about everything else having come from a Land Rover Discovery Sport, but mostly the fact that it's utterly reliable (not true for the Disco Sport) and also way, way more practical - examples are that you actually still get a boot when using the rear row of seats (again not true in the Disco Sport) and there's a spare wheel available as an option in the 7 seat car (yet again not true in the Disco Sport) and there's a dedicated stowage under the boot floor for the load bay cover (oh dear, another negative for the Land Rover). Oh and the panoramic roof actually opens (strike that as another negative for the Disco Sport, which was just a fixed glass panel, which just served to turn the car into a greenhouse on a sunny day...)

And I still love the "Vega" alloys on the Sportline (actually prefer them to the VRs "Extreme" rims).

It's all the little clever bits that Skoda thinks about - umbrellas in the front doors, ice scraper that is also a magnifying lens in the fuel flap, light in the boot that is also a torch, little clip in the windscreen for my work car pass or parking tickets, that stowage for the load cover already mentioned, etc., etc.

Hopefully that's a started for 10 for you!
New car: Kodiaq Sportline 2.0TDI 190 4x4 DSG
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2016 LR Disco Sport HSE Lux
2008 Audi A5 3.0TDI
2003 Audi S4 4.2 V8
1998 Audi A4 2.8 quattro
1995 Audi A4 1.8T Sport
1992 VW Golf Mk3 1.9 TD
1990 Ford Escort Mk5 1.6 LX
1983 Vauxhall Astra Mk1 1.3 S

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Re: What do you Love/Hate about your Kodiaq?

Post by scratch113 » Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:23 pm

Kenny R wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:09 pm
Not a hate, but on a similar note, having no headlights on tell tale on the dash you have to glance at light switch to see if headlights are on.
As above , love everything else.
Yes, but you can tell when the satnav screen turns to dark mode, which only happens when the headlights are on.

Think that's right, but happy to be told otherwise...
New car: Kodiaq Sportline 2.0TDI 190 4x4 DSG
Previous:
2016 LR Disco Sport HSE Lux
2008 Audi A5 3.0TDI
2003 Audi S4 4.2 V8
1998 Audi A4 2.8 quattro
1995 Audi A4 1.8T Sport
1992 VW Golf Mk3 1.9 TD
1990 Ford Escort Mk5 1.6 LX
1983 Vauxhall Astra Mk1 1.3 S

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Re: What do you Love/Hate about your Kodiaq?

Post by scratch113 » Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:26 pm

And guess you're Down Under Matt, as you opened with G'Day and that looks like a Victoria license plate?
New car: Kodiaq Sportline 2.0TDI 190 4x4 DSG
Previous:
2016 LR Disco Sport HSE Lux
2008 Audi A5 3.0TDI
2003 Audi S4 4.2 V8
1998 Audi A4 2.8 quattro
1995 Audi A4 1.8T Sport
1992 VW Golf Mk3 1.9 TD
1990 Ford Escort Mk5 1.6 LX
1983 Vauxhall Astra Mk1 1.3 S

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Re: What do you Love/Hate about your Kodiaq?

Post by Old and Grumpy » Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:35 pm

Kenny R wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:09 pm
Not a hate, but on a similar note, having no headlights on tell tale on the dash you have to glance at light switch to see if headlights are on.
As above , love everything else.
Just leave the switch in the "Auto" position and let the car decide when headlights are necessary.
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Re: What do you Love/Hate about your Kodiaq?

Post by Kenny R » Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:03 pm

Old and Grumpy wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:35 pm
Kenny R wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:09 pm
Not a hate, but on a similar note, having no headlights on tell tale on the dash you have to glance at light switch to see if headlights are on.
As above , love everything else.
Just leave the switch in the "Auto" position and let the car decide when headlights are necessary.
Mine are always selected to auto, but it’s handy to know why someone has just cut in front of you, then you look and see your headlights have decided to turn on for some reason.
Mist/fog confuses the sensor and you need to check that the lights have came on.
Candy White 2.0 TSi SE L 7 seat. Heated windscreen/ nozzles, kids pack, front rear parking sensors, reversing camera and spare wheel, Milotec rear bumper inserts.
And for the winter months: 17” Black alloys with 215x65x17 Nokian WR SUV3 winter tyres.

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Re: What do you Love/Hate about your Kodiaq?

Post by iwarv » Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:12 am

Dislikes:
* keyless entry
* throttle lag

I will always disable keyless entry and keep my keys in an RF pouch. I consider keyless entry a massive own goal by the car manufacturing industry. I do like keyless ignition however (no jangling keys by your knee).
With throttle lag I mean of course stock models. I don't need to be reminded that there are 3rd party aftermarket solutions that will address this.

I like everything else.
It's a joy to drive this car on long distance journeys. Very comfortable, quiet and smooth.

A nifty feature on the SE-L trim and upwards that I like is the "switch to mainland Europe driving" where you can switch to km/h and have the headlight beams dip the other way just by selecting some options in the car's entertainment system.
No pesky headlight stickers, and the km/h help a lot with settings speed limiters / cruise control.
SE-L 1.4 150bhp DSG 4x4, 7 Seats, Quartz Grey, Front Sensors, Front DashCam

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Re: What do you Love/Hate about your Kodiaq?

Post by Marinfullsuss » Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:31 pm

Good = SE Technology cheap to buy, comfortable, smooth, 150bhp tows well, huge boot space, ACC, sat nav, fold-away tow ball (although needs protection from rusting, and I don't mean oil/grease), brilliant rear camera, fuel economy for a big car, general reliability (except for 2 things - see below)
Bad = hard to find hazard switch quickly, poor quality of standard battery and brake discs, poor voice recognition (phone, sat nav, media, etc), front assist on tight right hand bends (applies brakes too readily)
SE Technology, 5 seats, 150 TDi, manual, 4WD, candy white, towbar, adaptive cruise control, rear camera, Amundsen sat nav, front & rear parking sensors, space saver wheel

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