New Skoda Kodiaq

PHEV released

Skoda Kodiaq iV, 2024, front
Skoda Kodiaq iV, 2024, side
Skoda Kodiaq iV, 2024, rear
Skoda Kodiaq iV, 2024, display screen
Skoda Kodiaq iV, 2024, charging

SKODA is introducing its new plug-in hybrid version of the Kodiaq SUV which has an all-electric range of up to 75 miles on a full charge.

The latest Kodiaq iV is priced from £41,395 and uses the Czech company's second generation plug-in hybrid system which delivers a total output of 204ps.

It comprises a four-cylinder turbocharged 1.5 TSI 150ps engine and a three-phase permanent magnet synchronous electric motor that generates 116ps.

The motor is built directly into the vehicle's DSG gearbox and is separated from the engine by a clutch.

As with Skoda's first-generation PHEV drivetrain, the motor can move the car alone or in combination with the engine. The motor is also used to start the engine and replaces the traditional alternator.

The second-generation PHEV system makes local emission-free travel possible in electric mode for up to 75 miles on the five seat, SE model and also gives drivers the option of using the petrol engine in hybrid mode working alongside the electric motor for longer distances.

The new Kodiaq iV is fitted with a 25.7kWh pack that is located under the rear seats and for the first time on a Skoda plug-in hybrid can accept a DC rapid charge.

It means that the pack can be charged from 10-80 per cent in around 26 minutes and can be charged at any public rapid charging station.

As with Skoda's previous PHEV models, the Kodiaq iV can also be charged on an AC supply via an industry-standard Type 2 plug. The maximum charge rate on AC is 11kW, which delivers a charge time of around two hours 30 minutes.

The Kodiaq iV is available with two trim level options, SE and and SE L, both with a five-seat configuration.

The new Kodiaq SE features 18-inch alloy wheels, LED front and rear lights, heated front seats and a keyless start/stop system. SE models come with Loft design selection as standard, along with a 13-inch satellite navigation touchscreen display, 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit and tri-zone climate control.

The SE model also comes with a range of safety systems as standard, including front assist with braking reaction to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, blind spot detection with door exit warning and front cross traffic assist.

SE L models, which are priced from £44,635, add 19-inch alloys, LED Matrix headlights with an adaptive front light system and all-weather light with cornering function. The models also feature ecoSuite black design selection with perforated black artificial leather and real leather, electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function, electrically operated boot and a keyless entry and start/start system.

Both models attract a Benefit in Kind rate of just five per cent and Skoda says drivers who have access to home-charging facilities and access to low-rate overnight charging tariffs can make further savings, especially when driven in electric-only mode.

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