Skoda‘s new seven-seat performance SUV, the Kodiaq vRS, is now on sale with prices starting from just under £43,000.
Powered by a 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine that produces 237bhp, the family 4×4 sprints from 0-62mph in 7.0 seconds before hitting a top speed of 136mph.
The 4×4 also boasts a seven-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, as well as the same family-friendly seven-seat layout found in the standard Kodiaq.
The £42,870 price tag also buys you a host of aesthetic upgrades, including the gloss black trim around the grille and windows, as well as the red-painted brake callipers that hide behind the 20-inch alloy wheels.
At the back, the performance model is marked out by its sporty rear bumper with twin tailpipes and the subtle vRS badge on the tailgate.
Inside, the Kodiaq vRS gets sculpted, Alcantara-trimmed sports seats, which are set off by red contrast stitching. Carbon-fibre-effect trim also decorates the dashboard, while a digital instrument display replaces traditional dials. Black headlining finishes the look.
And as befits the sportiest model in the range, the vRS’s display incorporates a special sport mode. In a bid to offer drivers a minimalist display for fast driving, it positions the speedometer in the centre of the screen.
But not all the Kodiaq vRS’s features are so easily spotted. To make this the most dynamic model in the range, Skoda has changed the steering. Dynamic Chassis Control also features, giving the driver a choice of settings. Using the vRS menu, the driver can choose the setup is best suited to the conditions.
Skoda expects the first cars to arrive with customers in the spring.