The Indian subsidiary of Skoda Auto, the famous VW-owned Czech carmaker, is finally out with the much awaited Skoda Kodiaq 7-seater SUV. The new Skoda Kodiaq goes on sale at a starting price of Rs 34.49 lakh and becomes the new flagship from the Aurangabad-based company. While it looks like a promising product, getting to the top of the sales charts won’t be an easy job for this new SUV. The new Skoda 7-seater SUV is pitted against a formidable rival in the form of the Toyota Fortuner. In its latest generation, the Fortuner comes with futuristic looks, modern engines, a long list of features and of course, the typical Toyota reliability. So how does the new Kodiaq compare with this Japanese rival? Check out our Skoda Kodiaq vs Toyota Fortuner comparison here to find the answer.
|Skoda Kodiaq 7-seater SUV||Rs 34.49 lakh|
|Toyota Fortuner||Rs 24.41 – 31.02 Lakh|
The latest generation of the Fortuner has a starting price of Rs 24.41 lakh. The fully loaded model costs Rs 31.02 lakh. In comparison, the Kodiaq is available in just one variant and has an ex-showroom price of Rs 34.49 lakh. As you can see, the new Czech flagship is pricier than the Japanese adversary. However, the new model will try to justify a higher price tag through its distinctly Teutonic looks, more features, and a dual clutch automatic transmission. Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) recently launched the TRD Sportivo edition of its flagship SUV. The TRD Sportivo model brings in a handful of visual enhancements for the Fortuner. These make the best-seller look even more attractive.
|Specs||Skoda Kodiaq||Toyota Fortuner|
|Engine||2.0-litre Turbo Diesel||2.8-litre Turbo Diesel|
|Maximum Power||148 BHP||174.5 BHP|
|Peak Torque||350 Nm||450 Nm|
|Transmission||7-speed DSG with AWD||6-speed MT, 6-speed AT with 4×4 and 4×2|
The Fortuner has a clear edge here. The Japanese SUV’s 2.8-litre Turbo Diesel engine is not only bigger than the 2.0-litre Turbo Diesel engine of the Kodiaq but also offers a higher torque and power outputs. However, the Kodiaq gets a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox instead of a torque converted unit found in the Fortuner. The Kodiaq’s 2.0-litre Turbo Diesel engine outputs a maximum power of 148 BHP along with a peak torque of 350 Nm. In comparison, the Fortuner offers a maximum power of 174.5 BHP along with a peak torque of 450 Nm. While the Fortuner also offers an option of a manual transmission, the Kodiaq is available with a 7-speed DSG automatic only.
|Skoda Kodiaq||Toyota Fortuner Diesel|
|City||12 KMPL||11 KMPL|
|Highway||15.5 KMPL||14 KMPL|
Thanks to a smaller and a less powerful engine, the Kodiaq ends up offering a higher mileage than the Fortuner. While the Fortuner Diesel offers an average mileage of around 14 KMPL on the highway. the Kodiaq can easily achieve in excess of 15.5 kmpl. While mileage plays a big role in the success of many smaller SUVs, we don’t think that the not-so-large difference in the mileage figures of these two SUVs would give the Skoda model a huge advantage.
|Dimensions||Skoda Kodiaq||Toyota Fortuner|
|Length||4,697 mm||4,795 mm|
|Breadth||1,882 mm||1,855 mm|
|Height||1,676 mm||1,835 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,791 mm||2,745 mm|
As you can see in the comparison table above, the Fortuner is the longer and the taller of the two. However, it’s the Kodiaq that’s wider. Also, worth a mention here is the fact that the Kodiaq also benefits from a longer wheelbase. The Fortuner, however, offers slightly higher boot-space. Both the SUVs offer seven seats. We think that it’s tough to pick out a clear winner if you compare only the dimensions. While the Fortuner is definitely the longer and the taller of the two, the Kodiaq more than makes up for its shortcoming by offering more width and a longer wheelbase. None of the two SUVs offer a lot of space in the third row, which means the last two seats are best for usage by kids.
|Key Features||Skoda Kodiaq||Toyota Fortuner|
|Rear AC Vents||Yes||Yes|
|Touchscreen Infotainment Unit||Yes||Yes|
|Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat||Yes||Yes|
|Electrically Adjustable and Folding ORVMs||Yes||Yes|
|Steering-mounted Audio and Telephone Controls||Yes||Yes|
|Apple CarPlay and Android Auto||Yes||No|
Both the models come with many comfort and convenience features. The Kodiaq receives the Skoda Connect touchscreen infotainment system with features such as WiFi, Google Earth, etc. Other than this, the infotainment unit also provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Other noteworthy features include electric tailgate, umbrella holders, dual-zone automatic climate control, start/stop button and electric adjustments for the front seats.
The Toyota Fortuner also offers many features. The highlights of this SUV’s features list include cruise control, paddle shifters, driving modes, one-touch tumble seats, and a touchscreen infotainment unit. However, the touchscreen unit misses out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
|Safety Features||Skoda Kodiaq||Toyota Fortuner|
|No. of Airbags||9||7|
|ABS with EBD||Yes||Yes|
|Rear parking camera||Yes||Yes|
|Reverse parking sensor||Yes||Yes|
|All Disc brakes||Yes||Yes|
The new Skoda Kodiaq 7-seater SUV comes with many safety features. The car offers modern safety features such as electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control, and Skoda’s multi-collision braking. Multi Collision Brake is a system that applies the brakes to prevent or mitigate a subsequent impact when a vehicle has been involved in a collision. If the airbag is fired in response to a primary collision, information is sent to the electronic stability control system to brake the vehicle. The Kodiaq also comes with traffic jam assist, auto light assist, blind spot detection, hill-hold control, tyre pressure monitoring, nine airbags, and ABS with EBD.
Even the Toyota Fortuner goes on to offer many safety features. The most important ones of these include seven airbags, vehicle stability control, brake assist, hill-hold assist and ABS with EBD. You also get the speed-sensing door locking feature.
Price- The Fortuner has a clear advantage here. However, let’s not forget that the Kodiaq makes up for the higher price by offering Teutonic looks, more safety features, a DSG, and bits like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Specifications- The Fortuner is a clear winner here. Its Diesel engine is not only bigger in size, but also churns out much higher power and torque. It even offers a petrol engine and a choice of manual and automatic transmissions with 2WD or 4WD. The Kodiaq, however, offers a DSG transmission.
Mileage- The Kodiaq, thanks to its smaller engine and the very efficient DSG, ends up offering a higher mileage.
Dimensions- While the Fortuner is longer and taller, the Kodiaq is wider and has a longer wheelbase.
Features- The Kodiaq is the clear winner if you compare the features.
Safety- Again, the Kodiaq ends up offering more safety features
So, what do you tink of our Skoda Kodiaq vs Toyota Fortuner comparison? Do you agree to our verdict on how these two compare with each other? Share your views with us by penning them down in the comments section below.