One of the best selling Skoda models in Europe, the Kodiaq needed a facelift. So the car was updated recently, four years since the debut.

Aluminium-effect design details on the front and rear apron emphasise the rugged look of the SE and SE L trim levels. This is reinforced even further by the restyled front with a hexagonal, more upright ŠKODA grille. The slimmer, more dynamic-looking headlights now feature LED technology as standard and – as a first for the Kodiaq – full-LED Matrix headlights are optional (standard from SE L trim upwards).

The 20-inch Sagitarius alloy wheels for the Kodiaq vRS come with removable covers that improve aerodynamics. Special, aerodynamically optimised wheels, the redesigned bumpers, a new, gloss black rear spoiler and side finlets on the rear window also reduce drag.

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New decorative trims, additional contrasting stitching and the LED ambient lighting’s extended range of functions provide modern visual touches in the interior. For the first time, the extras include ergonomic, perforated-leather seats with multiway electric seat adjustment, ventilation and a massage function.

The ŠKODA Kodiaq can be equipped with the Virtual cockpit. This features a 10.25-inch display and offers five customisable and redesigned layouts. The optional CANTON sound system with a total output of 625 watts has also been improved. In addition to the central speaker in the dashboard and the subwoofer in the boot, the system now comes with ten speakers instead of the previous eight. The two new speakers are located in the front door panels and are framed by a circular chrome trim.

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The updated Kodiaq is available in the SE and SE L trim levels, and as SportLine, L&K as well as vRS variants. The Czech car manufacturer has refined the look of its sporty top-of-the-range model, the Kodiaq vRS. The biturbo diesel used in the previous model has been replaced by a new, more powerful TSI petrol engine with 180 kW (245 PS). This engine is more than 60 kg lighter and offers better driving performance. Like the other four power units – the two petrol engines producing 110 kW (150 PS) and 140 kW (190 PS), as well as the two diesels with an output of 110 kW (150 PS) and 147 kW (200 PS) – the 2.0-litre engine fitted in the Kodiaq vRS also comes from Volkswagen Group’s latest, more efficient and lower-emission EVO generation.