Words by Declan Glynn

The SKODA Kodiaq SUV launched in Ireland in March 2017 to unprecedented demand, and also scooped the Irish Large SUV of the Year award at the Irish Car of the Year awards 2018.

Now, following on from the success of the legendary Octavia RS, Skoda have launched their latest addition to the RS family, the Kodiaq RS.

Sporting Heritage

The initials RS stand for ‘Rally Sport’ and were first used in 1974 as part of the brands rally strategy.

The Skoda Kodiaq RS is the brand’s first SUV to join the elite RS circle, and carries their motorsport and rally history into a new vehicle segment. The Kodiaq RS is also the first model to bear the new, modern RS logo featuring additional red touches.

Most Powerful Skoda Ever

The four-cylinder, twin-turbocharged diesel engine in the new Kodiaq RS produces 240bhp and a hefty 500Nm of torque for impressively quick progress.

This power is transferred to the road through a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox (no manual is offered) and four-wheel drive, with the 0-100km/h sprint taking just under seven seconds to complete.

This makes the Kodiaq RS the most powerful production diesel engine car in the history of Skoda.

For drivers looking for a semi-manual feel to the DSG gearbox, paddles shifters have been fitted behind the flat-bottomed, multi-function, steering wheel.

Dynamic Sound Boost

While four-cylinder diesel engines are not known for being particularly tuneful, ŠKODA has solved this by adding a Dynamic Sound Boost.

This, in effect, augments the car’s natural exhaust note with an artificial soundtrack. The result is a low grumble that’s slightly reminiscent of an old-school American V8 that gets progressively more aggressive as you go through Comfort, Normal and Sport modes. For me, this really added an extra dimension to the overall sporty appeal of the Kodiaq RS, and is a great party-piece from Skoda.

Review Car

My review car was a new Skoda Kodiaq RS 2.0TDI 240bhp 4×4 DSG (automatic) which looked stunning in its Race Blue Metallic paintwork.

An outstanding array of standard equipment adorns the Kodiaq RS, with key features including stunning 20” Xtreme anthracite alloy wheels, red brake calipers and increased 17” brakes on all wheels, front & rear sport bumpers in RS design, black roof rails and black exterior mirrors, black roof lining cloth, black alcantara sport seats with red stitching.

Also tinted rear windows, carbon decor instrument panel, full LED headlamps with Adaptive Frontlight System, customisable virtual cockpit display, interior ambient lighting with 10 colour selections, dynamic chassis control with drive mode select, 9.2” Columbus colour touchscreen infotainment and navigation system, speed sensitive progressive steering, and front & rear parking sensors with a rear view camera.

Powerful & Responsive

On the road, the new Kodiaq RS performs with the agility of a sports car, with dynamic power delivery and excellent responsive quality from both the accelerator and brake pedals.

The absence of turbo lag during acceleration adds to the refined and confident nature of the RS, while terrific mid-range pulling power ensures safe and predictable overtaking capability.

The Kodiaq RS handles with composure, while – due to its elevated ride-height – visibility is never an issue.

Six different driving modes ensure that the Kodaiq RS is more than ready and able for diverse road surfaces, while adding an extra dose of fun when the occasion is right.

Boot Space & Pricing

The amazingly practical, versatile and spacious Skoda Kodiaq has over 2,000-litres of boot space available when all of the rear seats are folded flat, while excellent cabin space ensures generous levels of head, leg and shoulder room.

Available in 5-seat or 7-seat configurations, the Kodiaq RS is priced from €62,295 (ex-delivery). Pricing for the Skoda Kodiaq range starts at just €32,495.