Skoda Kodiaq vs Toyota Fortuner

Skoda India has recently launched the much anticipated Kodiaq SUV in the country. The SUV is an example of how much the modern SUV market in India has evolved over the years. In fact, the introduction of the first full-sized 7-seater SUV from the company in the country goes on to prove how much of faith is put in this segment. However, despite being a monster on paper, there are subtle things including the Skoda Kodiaq Price that we, or anyone else, might dislike about the car.

While speaking about big SUVs, the word Toyota Fortuner may seldom evade our minds. The big SUV from Toyota renders class and elegance all over the length, breadth and mechanism. Despite being priced at a premium range, the demand, or the attraction this car has never been subdued.

The biggest similarity in these two cars is that they are stalwarts of their respective masters, their makers. But again, with both of these cars already on the roads in India, choosing one might cause a big dilemma. Hence, reading further below will give you an idea about which of the two SUVs will continue to dominate the premium big car segment.

The designing

The Skoda Kodiaq looks superb, absolutely no doubt about that. It is bold and muscular and that is evident on every inch of the exterior portion. The front section is highlighted by butterfly grille and vertical slats on them. The headlamps are sleek and houses LED DRLs underlining. The wheel arches are squarish and have a gentle black plastic cladding on them. The lower skirts on each of the side profile get a sharp character line with a prominent bend. Walk across to the rear end and you will fall in love with the design. The wraparound tail lights are thin and sharp and they split at the tail gate. The registration plate is placed on the tail gate. Above the rear gate, there is a spoiler and antenna. Down below there, the black plastic cladding on the bumper is given in a generous quantity and adds to the muscular stance.

The new generation of the Toyota Fortuner is a big leap ahead of what it used to be earlier in terms of the designing. The Toyota Fortuner is grand as always but is sober as well. Despite this, the designing is sober and does not contain any element that could make it look brash. Every bend and edge are smooth. The front bonnet is high and looks very masculine. There are chrome additions on the front grille and the fog lamps area. The wheel arches are smoothened on the side profile and are not at all prominent, like what we see in the Skoda Kodiaq. The window sills become narrower towards the third row which makes it unique. The rear spoiler is bigger than the Kodiaq. Moreover, the split wrap around tail lights appear to be more attractive and flow into the center of the tailgate with a long strip of chrome just over registration plate.

Interior layout and features

The Skoda Kodiaq is all about premiumness. Up at the dashboard, every bit of fit and fitting is just so fine and pleasant. The AC vents on the centre stand adjacent to the touchscreen infotainment system. The system comes connected to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well. The steering mounted controls contain buttons for audio as well as calling controls. The seating layout is spacious all across the three rows. The rear AC vents make longer drives comfortable.

The Toyota Fortuner, on the other hand, lacks a couple of features like the connectivity of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on the infotainment system. However, the company more than makes up for it with all of the premium touches at every corner. The front dashboard, which wears a home theatre music system design in the centre, looks way better than the Kodaiq. The steering mounted controls get audio as well as voice calling switches. The seating space is extremely generous for all the seven occupants.

Engine and Transmission

 While speaking about the powertrain, the Skoda Kodiaq bows down to the Fortuner modestly. He Skoda SUV does not have a petrol engine on offer. Hence, the sole 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine makes a maximum power of 148 bhp along with a peak torque of 340 Nm. The transmission duties are handled by a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gearbox. Moreover, the only trim level gets an AWD (all wheel drive) mechanism.

On the contrary, the Toyota Fortuner is available in both petrol as well as diesel trims. The 2.7-litre petrol engine can thump out a maximum power of 164 bhp along with a highest torque of 245 Nm. The diesel version of the Fortuner has a beastly engine and can beat the Kodiaq any day. The big 2.8-litre DOHC diesel engine produced a humongous power of 175 bhp along with a high torque level of 450 Nm. As for the transmission, there are many options available. For the purists, it is offered with a 5-speed and a 6-speed manual transmission along with the additional 6-speed automatic transmission that makes things further convenient.

Both the fuel versions of the Fortuner are way more powerful than the solo trim of Kodiaq and the difference is huge. Moreover, the big SUV is even offered in a 2WD variant which brings the price down to a great extent.

What do we think?

The newly launched Skoda Kodiaq is premium and feature-rich, no doubt about that. It stands very much on par with all the features given in the Fortuner. In fact, the infotainment system in the Skoda is way superior to the Toyota. But the comparison does not end here.

The Toyota Fortuner is very powerful and makes almost 30 bhp more than the Kodiaq. Hence, it will always feel better to be behind the wheels of the Fortuner when you are on a free expressway. Moreover, with all the powerful engine and every bit of premiumness, the Fortuner is almost Rs. 10 lakhs cheaper than the Skoda.

Yes, you read it right. The Skoda Kodiaq is been given an exclusive showroom price of Rs. 34.5 lakhs, which, we think, is a little overpriced. It is a very good and stylish car for sure, but this high price tag is never justified. Even the likes of the Honda CR-V and Ford Endeavour are cheaper than the Kodiaq and this is where it may lose the league, for sure.