By on October 19, 2016

2017 Skoda Kodiaq frontYou want a Škoda Kodiaq. Your neighbor wants a Škoda Kodiaq. I want a Škoda Kodiaq. Naturally, we all want Škoda Kodiaqs, because the grass is always greener on the other side.

But what if the Kodiaq wasn’t only available on the other side of the Atlantic? What if persistent talk of a potential North American Škoda return resulted in a Kodiaq on sale at a dealer near you? How inexpensive would the Kodiaq need to be in order for your persistent desire for unobtanium turn in to a real purchasing decision?

Škoda would likely charge in the neighborhood of USD $24,995 if the Kodiaq, set to go on sale across the pond in April 2017, made its way to the United States.

Admittedly, the 2017 Kodiaq’s on-the-road £21,495 base price equals $26,400, but a simple exchange calculation is never an accurate predictor of new vehicle prices.2017 Skoda Kodiaq rearThe Kodiaq, Škoda’s elongated version of the next-generation Tiguan built by its Volkswagen corporate overlords, will top out at £34,895 with a 190-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel, a DSG, and all-wheel drive in top-spec Edition trim. If Škoda wished to sell the Kodiaq in North America, the 180-horsepower 2.0-liter TSI with the DSG and all-wheel drive would be more fitting. That Kodiaq is priced from £31,445 in the UK, but it’s not available in any of the three lower-trim levels; only the top two.

A mid-grade Kodiaq with all-wheel drive and seven seats at £27,745 appears to be a more appropriate target for North American price comparison. That’s roughly 3 percent less than the base price of a 5-door Volkswagen Golf GTI, or approximately $25,000 in the United States. That’s about $4,000 less than the least expensive all-wheel-drive Kia Sorento (delivery included), which does not include seven seats or either of the Sorento’s upgraded engines. With all-wheel drive and the $940 third row option, the 2016 Nissan Rogue costs $27,970 including fees. 2016 Skoda Yeti 4x4Back to base prices, the Kodiaq’s £21,495 base price makes the Škoda £900 less costly than the least expensive Nissan X-Trail, Nissan’s equivalent to North America’s Rogue. Translated to U.S. terms, this would result in an fees-included $23,250 Kodiaq price, undercutting the Honda CR-V — America’s best-selling utility vehicle — by $1,495.

Škoda, Volkswagen’s Czech budget brand, reported record global new vehicle sales volume of 1,055,500 units in calendar year 2015, producing slightly more than one-quarter of that volume in China.

Škoda’s rapid growth — European sales have tripled since 2000 — has occurred despite a lack of SUVs. Prior to the Kodiaq’s arrival, the closest thing in Škoda’s lineup to an SUV is the MPV-ish Yeti Outdoor.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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29 Comments on “The Škoda Kodiaq Would Likely Cost $24,995 In The United States...”


  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    So, assuming these price conversions were correct, this would go up against the other two sub-premium, compact 5+2 crossovers on the market, the Dodge Journey and the Mitsubishi Outlander, while being significantly nicer and better-designed than either?

    I mean, it’s not a bad idea, but I think Volkswagen would have to produce it in Puebla, alongside the Golf, to make those price targets come true.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    Skoda’s North American return? They were here once? Wow, I guess I missed it.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      for a brief time in the early ’60s.

      • 0 avatar
        Arthur Dailey

        And in Canada from approximately 1982 to 1989.
        Dacia was also in Canada during the early to mid 80’s
        Lada from 1979 to 1998. When I drive to and from work on Steeles Avenue West I pass by what was the Lada Canada head office building on the south-east corner of Steeles and Petrolia (one light east of Keele) which still has very large Lada insignias and the Lada name on the east and west facings of the building.

        • 0 avatar
          NoGoYo

          I still remember an old Road and Track Canadian car comparo from one of my long lost 1986 issues pitting a Dacia, a Lada Riva, a Skoda, a Hyundai Pony, and maybe something else against each other.

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      @jpolicke
      In those days it was a communist enterprise.

  • avatar
    Nostrathomas

    I’d be a huge fan of Skoda coming to North America, but I’d much rather have an Octavia or Superb wagon please.

    Skodas in general are really nice and honest cars to drive and live with, with good power and space efficiency. Every time I sit it one, I think of what a great value they are.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      why aren’t you already driving a Golf Sportwagen then? ‘cos that’s pretty much what the Octavia is.

      • 0 avatar
        Nostrathomas

        1) I’m already driving something similar to both (a Volvo V50). If the Octavia or current gent Sportwagen was an option 5 years ago when I was in the market, I would be driving one instead. I was never a fan of the bubbly Jetta wagon.

        2) The Octavia/Sportwagen are actually too small for my needs, so it’s the Superb I’d really be in the market for. Give me a larger non-luxury wagon, and I’m your huckleberry.

    • 0 avatar
      threeer

      Yeah, I’d really like to see the Rapid Spaceback here as it reminds me of my recently departed 2004 Lancer Sportback Ralliart. But not holding my breath. Drove an Octavia wagon around Zagreb about a month ago, and it is as described above by Nostrathomas…really nice and honest. Which would likely kill it here in the US, as “nice and honest” don’t seem to get much play here, especially if the car has hints of being from Europe.

      I think the Yeti and Kodiaq would stand a decent chance, but as we all know, price would play a huge determining factor in that.

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    Throughout my neck of the woods da oldt timer locals have a phonetic peculiarity that affects their long-o sounds. Make a funnel mouth like Star Trek’s Salt Monster and then say a really long-o, as in:

    “Big boa-t sho-w in Stou-ghton!
    Ya go-in?!”

    I pray this brand catches on locally because I can’t wait to hear “Oh, ya… it’s a Sko-da! Dem are like German or somethin”.

  • avatar
    Toad

    I’m partial the the Skoda Yeti; it reminds me of the Isuzu Trooper, or a 4/5ths of a Range Rover.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      The styling is handsome, yes. I could do without those expanses of black plastic at the bottom, but they will actually keep it from getting scuffed up as easily, plus I understand the need for this to look less premium than the extended-length Tiguan that will be its Volkswagen-branded direct counterpart.

  • avatar

    Yes, but any car that gets through the usual dealer nonsense won’t be that reasonable price. if the car is popular, expect the price to ratchet up to near-rudi levels…

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      That doesn’t really happen too much with mainstream vehicles. It does happen with niche cars that are highly-anticipated, like the Focus RS. And even then you can find a good deal, usually from some larger dealer that has an allocation for that model and is more interested in making a quick, seamless sale than gouging someone for one car.

      What happens with popular mainstream cars that have just been redesigned /released is one of two things, typically:

      a) Allocations are sparse, and so dealers go ahead and order the most loaded-up examples they can, definitely shying away from the base model. This happens most often with luxury cars. We’re seeing this right now with Jaguar’s new F-Pace. On paper, it starts in the low forties, putting it in line with competing cars like the Q5, X3, GLC-Class, XC60, etc. Good luck finding one at that price. They are few and far between. Most examples start in the high-50K range, and a significant percentage of them are more than $60K.

      b) They just plain don’t budge on price. This happens more with mainstream cars, and it’s what would happen with the Kodiak if it were super successful. These aren’t cars like the Focus RS where there’s enough enthusiast demand that people simply *have* to get their hands on them, so the dealer can’t just mark up the price to kingdom come…but they sure don’t have to lower the price or bargain, either.

      The freak-MSRP thing did happen with the PT Cruiser. But that car was truly like nothing else. All this Kodiak would be is a car that hits all the right buttons from a formulaic sense. Good styling, good price, SUV, AWD, 7-seats. But it’s nothing special. Plus, the PT Cruiser quickly went from being hot to not…and now you could get one free of charge with a Happy Meal, they’re so cheap and unwanted. The people who paid far over MSRP for them probably feel thoroughly stupid.

      Also, remember that a longer 7-seat version of the next Tiguan has been confirmed for our market. It will be the direct to this car. So Volkswagen Group already has a built-in price ceiling there, because the same vehicle, ostensibly with a slightly-more-upscale look, will be sold across the showroom with a VW badge (I doubt VW will invest in standalone Škoda stores)

  • avatar
    brettc

    I’d take a Skoda Yeti. Looks like a Transit Connect wagon, but more attractive.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    Could the Skoda (brand) replace Volkswagen in America after the EPA is done with VW? The problem I see is the competition with lower priced Audi models, not VW ones.

  • avatar
    HotPotato

    Kodiaq, feh. Bring us the Yeti!!! The 1.4 turbo suffices for a base engine, and you can give us the 1.8 or 2.0 turbo in uplevel models.

    I know the Yeti is old and due for replacement, but it’s new to us! And it’s fully amortized so you can sell it to us cheap! Look man, people gotta replace their worn-out Honda Elements with something.

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