Skoda Ireland has released pricing for the eagerly anticipated Kodiaq, the brand’s first SUV. Due to launch in March, prices for the Kodiaq will start from €28,795, with three trim levels (Active, Ambition and Style), five engine and transmission options, and a seven seater version for an extra €1,000.
The base model comes with a 1.4L petrol engine producing 125hp (€28,795), with a 190hp 2.0L TDI with an automatic gearbox and 4×4 capabilities topping the range at €44,145. That’s not bad considering the rival Nissan X-Trail starts at €29,995 while the Hyundai Santa Fe begins at €39,995.
For those who work Monday to Friday, 9-5, hunting for a new car can be a difficult. As most dealerships are closed on Sundays, and finish early on Saturdays, the window for finding your next set of wheels can be a little small.
Skoda, however, has opened its first digital showroom, allowing people to view cars from the comfort of their couch. Currently running as a pilot project in Spanish dealerships, Skoda consultants can use video calls to speak to customers and take them through their vehicles. It’s a nifty idea – twelve stationary and four mobile cameras can show the vehicles from different perspectives both inside and out, demonstrate features or answer specific questions.