New Delhi: With the craze for SUVs growing exponentially, Skoda has decided to join the party with its latest global offering, the Kodiaq. Although this SUV will arrive in the country next year, it has started to make headlines with its sleek design and classy-looking interiors. When launched, the Kodiaq will primarily rival the well-established Ford Endeavour. So, does the Kodiaq stand a chance against the mighty Endeavour? Let's have a look at the specifications of both the cars to get a clearer idea.
To be honest, both of these cars are quite similar when it comes to mechanical outputs. But when it comes to the engines themselves, they could not be further apart. While the Endeavour uses two different diesel engines (2.2 and 3.3-litre), Kodiaq has one diesel engine in two different tunes (2.0-litre). The power outputs from the Kodiaq's engines (150PS/190PS) are 10PS lower than the Ford SUV's (160PS/200PS) and the torque outputs are considerably lower as well; but the Kodiaq is a lot lighter than the Endeavour and so might turn out to be the better performer. Also, since the Skoda Stands closer to the ground (188mm as compared to Endeavour's 225mm), it might be the better handling SUV of the two. This will surely be confirmed as soon as we lay our hands on both of these SUVs for a head-to-head.
Skoda might also launch the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor in India since it is part of its global offerings. The reason we say this is that this very motor, which produces 180PS of power and 320Nm of torque in the SUV, might also power the upcoming Octavia vRS. So the likelihood of the engine making its way into the Kodiaq is quite high.
So, what we see here is a contrast of personalities. While the Endeavour is meant to conquer mountains and drive through rivers, the Kodiaq is subtle and aims at a comfortable city and highway ride, while being off-road capable.
SUVs are meant to be spacious. Both the cars in the comparison are seven-seaters and have adequate space to seat the said capacity. But the Endeavour is longer in length, has a longer wheelbase and houses a smaller boot, all of which translates into more space in the cabin. But, since the Skoda is wider, seating three might be a tad bit easier. Speaking of boot space, Kodiaq has the largest in the segment (as claimed by Skoda) at 720 litres, which can be extended to 2,065 litres. Endeavour, on the other hand, has 450 litres in the boot, which can be pushed to 2,101 litres by folding the seats.
Again, the contrast in the personalities of the two SUVs is evident here. Both the vehicles come loaded with features, but for different purposes. While the terrain management system in the Endeavour is a part of the package, the off-road mode in the Kodiaq comes as an optional system for the all-wheel-drive versions, along with Driving Mode Select. Both of these SUVs have plush interiors and a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, in an identical dashboard layout. However, the Endeavour has a chunky steering wheel and a more commanding cockpit view than the Kodiaq with its elegant three-spoke wheel. Both the SUVs come loaded with safety features and gizmos to keep you pitched straight on the – and off-the road.
Both these SUVs are tightly locked together. Be it the engine performance or the equipment list, they are quite similar. Where they differ is the purpose for which these equipments were installed. The Kodiaq is designed for a comfortable daily commute and the occasional off-road trip and the Endeavour is built to pound the roads and dig up the dirt. Price-wise, the two will be quite similar and, so, the decision about which vehicle to go for will ultimately depend on what you are looking for from your SUV.