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Why is Skoda Kodiaq the most expensive car in its segment?

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Skoda launched the highly-anticipated SUV in the beginning of October. However, what took everyone by surprise was its high price tag. The Skoda Kodiaq price in India is Rs. 34.5 lakhs (ex-showroom). The Czech-based automaker could have done way better than this, especially due to the fact that it was expected to be a competition to the Volkswagen Tiguan (Rs. 28.27 lakhs).

Despite pricing the car over the likes of Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour, the company is very much confident that their first hand in producing a 7-seater SUV would be no less than a masterstroke.

Here are some of the things that make the Skoda Kodiaq a very good option at the price range.

Brand value

Skoda is no muggle in the luxury car segment. After all, how can one forget the Skoda Octavia RS and the Superb luxury saloons? The company may not be as good as Mercedes-Benz or Audi but can finish second after them. This makes the Skoda Kodiaq a more premium offering compared to the likes of the Honda CR-V.

Drive

The Skoda Kodiaq is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine which churns out 148 bhp of power at 3,500 revs per minute and 340 Nm of torque at 1,750 revs per minute. The transmission to all the wheels is done by a 7-speed DSG automatic unit.

You can easily argue that even the Tata Hexa (154 bhp / 400 Nm) is more powerful than the Kodiaq. Then why pay Rs. 20 lakhs more? The answer is the quality of the drive. Sitting inside the cabin, you will not get even the faintest engine sound. Moreover, the steering and the transmission is extremely responsive even in city areas, where the stop-start traffic tests the automatic units to the fullest.

Features

The Skoda Kodiaq has been filled with features to its brim. It gets an attractive feature called Bird-View camera, which displays the surrounding of the car from the top angle. Needless to say, the 6.5-inch touchscreen system will be getting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. What more? Got a smartphone that has wireless charging? You can get it charged inside Kodiaq as well.

Safety

Skoda has not compromised with safety while building the Kodiaq. As a result, the 7-seater SUV has been given nine safety airbags. Yes, you read it right. The closest competitor has just 7-airbags (including Mercedes GLA), Tiguan has six. Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Programme, Hill Hold Control, Tyre Pressure Monitor, you name it and it’s there in the Kodiaq.

Spacious

The Skoda Kodiaq may look smaller than the Fortuner but has unbelievable space inside. The front and middle row are extremely spacious in every aspect. The last row is a little cramped up for adult passengers but is at par with its competition. However, when you fold the rear row, you get a big 630-litre boot. Fold the middle row as well, a big 2,005-litre space awaits you, which is a class-leading figure.

It really is amazing!

Believe it or not, most of the people think the Kodiaq to be an overpriced car. But the fact of the matter is, Skoda isn’t charging a penny without giving back the worth. Plus, comparing a Skoda with that of the Honda CR-V just for the higher power figure would be a folly. The Czech company has fed the car with just enough power to woo you on an Indian road. After all, you wouldn’t need 200 bhp if you are driving a 7-seater with your family.

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