Help choosing Kodiaq Model Please 🙂

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brothermalzone
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Help choosing Kodiaq Model Please 🙂

Post by brothermalzone » Sun Jul 04, 2021 12:09 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the forum and looking to purchase a Kodiaq for my family very soon. To give you some background... :)

- Family of 5 :-
2 x Adults,
1 x 12 year old
2 x toddlers under 3 both in car seats.

Mosltly my wife will use the car for short journeys around town during the week but we will travel to Wales a fair bit on the weekends in the summer months.

I'm swaying more towards petrol than diesel and the SE L (DG?) Spec looks very good and within budget.

My questions are...

1) Is there a preferred year for the Kodiaq? I'm looking between 2018-2020 models.

2) Will the 1.5tsi suffice or is it worth having to 2.0.

3) Is the SE L the most preferred model? I looked into the sportline version and love the look but users reported it can be quite bumpy.

Thanks

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Kenny R
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Re: Help choosing Kodiaq Model Please 🙂

Post by Kenny R » Sun Jul 04, 2021 1:07 pm

Firstly I would check that the 12 year old is happy enough squeezing into the 3rd row.
The SEL is a decent spec and I would go for the newest within your budget.
Petrol is the wise choice as diesels don’t like short journeys.
As to 1.5 or 2.0 you need to factor in if you really need the 4x4 that comes with the 2.0 and the additional running and maintenance costs involved.
I currently have the 2.0 tsi but due to the above and the £500 road tax on a new 2.0 tsi, I’m changing to the 1.5 tsi on my new Kodiaq order.
Candy White 2.0 TSi SE L 7 seat.
17” Black alloys with 215x65x17 Nokian WR SUV3 winter tyres.
On Order: Race Blue 1.5 tsi DSG Sportline. Heated windscreen/ steering wheel, virtual cockpit, family pack and Canton sound system. Due September

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Re: Help choosing Kodiaq Model Please 🙂

Post by scratch113 » Sun Jul 04, 2021 2:05 pm

I've not found the Sportline to be bumpy or harsh at all, it's actually a decently smooth ride, however I have previously had sporty Audis and they're notorious for having pretty hard riding suspension, so maybe it's a matter of me comparing it to where I've come from! Only way to tell would be for you to test drive both.

The only thing I'd say for the Sportline is that I would seek out one with the panoramic roof if your budget allows. The headlining is dark, which without the glass roof makes the interior (and especially row 3) a rather dark place to sit. Other than that, desirable options would depend on what you're going to use it for - it you're going to tow anything (or use a towbar mounted bike carrier), then get one with the electrically deployable towbar - it's way better (and cheaper) than adding an after-market version, especially if you buy a car without even the wiring loom fitted (towbar prep).

If you're buying second hand, have you considered an Edition model? Generally better specced than the SE L, but it's a matter of horses for courses and no point paying more for something you don't want or need. I think it was phased out sometime around mid 2020, I think at the same time as they axed the Scout model (which never sold in large numbers in the UK afaik).

Finally, if you are going to tow, then don't buy a 1.5 manual as it's not homologated for towing, and do bear in mind that you're not supposed to put any child seats (including booster seats) into row 3, again because it's not homologated.
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Re: Help choosing Kodiaq Model Please 🙂

Post by brothermalzone » Sun Jul 04, 2021 10:00 pm

Thank you for the replies. I will definitely check out the edition model 🙂

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Re: Help choosing Kodiaq Model Please 🙂

Post by Colin Lambert » Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:18 am

Welcome to the forum,
I agree with others above re diesel and 4WD, unless you really need it, living in Scotland.
DERV is news for short journeys.
I have now downsized and am on my 3rd Karoq. all with 1.5 DSGs. round town I get 40mpg and on a long non Mway journey I once got 58mpg. I know the Karoq is smaller that it's big brother, but I am just pointing out how economical the 1.5 can be.
Go for the 1.5 TSi. Plenty of torque and easily powerful enough to cope. You mention 'DG' I presume you mean DSG? which is the auto.
I know I am very old :lol: but I would not have a manual if you gave it to me. Only personal choice, nothing wrong with the manual, but in these days of heavy traffic almost everywhere, auto is far more restful. and you can 'row' it manually if you wish. It is actually a manual gearbox which is controlled electrically. So it does not have a torque converter, wasting power & fuel, like the old fashioned conventional autos.
I am on my 8th Skoda and ALL have been DSG.
Just two words of warning!
Avoid a car with a 1.5 engine built in the first 6 months of '18 (especially a manual) as they had Kangaroo' syndrome. Some reported hesitancy was positively dangerous pulling out of junctions. They did a software patch which sometimes worked and sometimes didn't!
Secondly.
Sportline hard ride is a personal choice. I have a bad back and my Karoq Sportline is very uncomfortable on it's 19 inch wheels with ridiculous 40 aspect 'rubber band' tyres, which are also at very great danger of curbing as the rubber does not protrude beyond the rims. So you run the very real risk of wrecking not only the tyre but also the rim. A VERY expensive hobby!!
As far as SE L or Edition, this is entirely up to your personal choice. I would personally not drop below an SE L.
Good luck with your hunt. Do lt us know how you get on.
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Re: Help choosing Kodiaq Model Please 🙂

Post by SinglePointSafety » Mon Jul 05, 2021 4:53 pm

Regarding the 'ridiculous' 40-section tyres (which, round here, would be destroyed in a few months by the abysmal roads) these can of course be replaced by 'proper' wheel/tyre combo with, say, 55-, 60- or even 65-section tyres, albeit at some expense, so you can still have the trim level you desire but a more sensible wheel/tyre set. When the car is sold, re-fit original wheels, sell the others.

Agree with Colin, diesel is bad news for short journeys, unless you can do a longer one every week or so. Do your diesel v petrol sums anyway, noting that petrol cars are now pretty fuel-efficient, especially if driven with any degree of mechanical sympathy and restraint. I've written many times on this forum how pleasantly surprised I am at the mpg I'm getting from my 2.0 TSi and being able to compare identical journeys with previous diesel Golf Alltrack. Totally impressed with this engine - smooth, quiet, lots of low-down shove, performance if you need it.
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Re: Help choosing Kodiaq Model Please 🙂

Post by scratch113 » Mon Jul 05, 2021 4:54 pm

Colin Lambert wrote:
Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:18 am
As far as SE L or Edition, this is entirely up to your personal choice. I would personally not drop below an SE L.
Good luck with your hunt. Do lt us know how you get on.
All good advice Colin, but just for clarity for the OP, the Edition trim level sat above the SE L trim - only SE or SE Drive were below SE L.
Extra things on the Edition model over the SE L were leather seats, electric front seats, lumbar support, heated mirrors and metallic paint all included.

I would agree that I wouldn't go for anything lower than an SE L if possible, but it may come down to budget!
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2003 Audi S4 4.2 V8
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1995 Audi A4 1.8T Sport
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1990 Ford Escort Mk5 1.6 LX
1983 Vauxhall Astra Mk1 1.3 S

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Re: Help choosing Kodiaq Model Please 🙂

Post by brothermalzone » Mon Jul 05, 2021 5:04 pm

Thank you all for the helpful responses.

I'm definitely going to go for 1.5 Tsi SEL or Edition depending in costs. 🙂

It looks like it will either be a 2019 or 2020 model. Does anyone know if there's much difference between these two?

Thanks

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Re: Help choosing Kodiaq Model Please 🙂

Post by brothermalzone » Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:51 pm

Just an update on some offers we've received.

Would you rather choose an SEL model from 2019/2020 or a brand new SE model from a dealership for the same price?

I'll be doing PCP FYI and return the car after term ends.

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Re: Help choosing Kodiaq Model Please 🙂

Post by Kenny R » Tue Jul 06, 2021 7:04 am

brothermalzone wrote:
Mon Jul 05, 2021 10:51 pm
Just an update on some offers we've received.

Would you rather choose an SEL model from 2019/2020 or a brand new SE model from a dealership for the same price?

I'll be doing PCP FYI and return the car after term ends.
If it’s a facelift SE it will have the basic LED headlights whereas the old SE had rather dire halogen lights, so might be worth looking at.
But all in all the SEL has some creature comforts that the basic SE lacks so I would be drawn to the SEL but it’s your personal choice.
Candy White 2.0 TSi SE L 7 seat.
17” Black alloys with 215x65x17 Nokian WR SUV3 winter tyres.
On Order: Race Blue 1.5 tsi DSG Sportline. Heated windscreen/ steering wheel, virtual cockpit, family pack and Canton sound system. Due September

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