Skoda's first RS-badged SUV has finally arrived in Australia, with the Kodiaq RS touching down with a thumping bi-turbo diesel engine and a $65,990 price tag.
That's about $12k more than the second most-expensive model in the lineup - the 132TSI Sportline - but Skoda’s go-fast SUV does at least arrive with plenty of kit to justify the price tag.
Outside, you’ll find jumbo 20-inch ‘XTREME’ alloys, red brake calipers, LED automatic headlights, LED DRLs, rain-sensing wipers and a boot that opens automatically. Inside, expect super-supportive leather-and-Alcantara sports seats, triple-zone climate control, a 9.2-inch multimedia screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Skoda’s digital cockpit, wireless phone charging, heated seats in the first two rows and a Canton stereo.
This is the Skoda that set a seven-seat Nurburgring lap record, let's not forget, and it arrives sutiably fitted with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel that produces a healthy 176kW at 4000rpm and 500Nm at 1750rpm. It’s pared with a seven-speed DSG automatic, and power is sent to all four wheels - meaning a sprint to 100km/h in just 7.0 seconds.
It's enough to ensure the seven-seat Kodiaq RS easily outpowers the likes of the 147kW/440Nm Hyundai Santa Fe, the140kW/450Nm Mazda CX-8 and the 157kW/500Nm Ford Everest.
You also get a host of performance kit, like a Dynamic Sound Boost amplified exhaust, adaptive dampers calibrated for the RS, and a new Sport drive mode.