Skoda Kodiaq Sportline Is All Show and No Go

It targets customers who want their Czech SUV to look more aggressive

Skoda has unveiled a new trim level for its Kodiaq SUV, one that puts the emphasis on sporty design.

Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show, the Skoda Kodiaq Sportline is a more dynamic variant of the SUV — but only from a design point of view because the sporty look isn't backed by performance upgrades.

The Sportline trim brings both exterior and interior design tweaks, as well as more standard equipment. Styling-wise, the Kodiaq Sportline gets black exterior elements including the radiator grille, roof rails, mirror caps, and side window trims. In addition, the rear window and rear side windows are tinted, with the headlights and taillights getting a dark treatment as well. At the rear, the silver-colored trim under the bumper is unique to the Sportline grade.

Unlike regular variants, the Kodiaq Sportline has body-colored protective side trims and comes with standard 19-inch alloy wheels in a new design (20-inch alloys are optional). You can also recognize Sportline models thanks to the small badge on the front wing.

Inside, the Kodiaq Sportline builds on the Ambition trim level, adding sports seats with Alcantara covers (power-adjustable with memory function on the driver's side), a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and aluminum pedals. Standard features also include the Driving Mode Select, power side mirrors, LED interior ambient lighting, a Maxi DOT display, Alcantara trim, and floor mats with silver-colored stitching.

The engine lineup is identical with the Kodiaq Scout's, consisting of two gasoline units (148 hp 1.4 TSI and 177 hp 2.0 TSI) and two diesels (148 hp 2.0 TDI and 187 hp 2.0 TDI) — all equipped with standard all-wheel drive.