We compared the capabilities of the Skoda Kodiaq and the Seat Alhambra and their use as family vehicles.
New styles of family use
The familiar use of the vehicles has changed a lot during the last years with the appearance of new styles of cars that adapt to the current family use. In this comparison, we put a traditional style monovolume and an SUV against each other, the most current trend in the automotive market. The latest model of the Seat Alhambra , a benchmark in the minivan sector, is facing the Skoda Kodiaq , one of the benchmark SUV in the medium-high segment. The two with seven seats and gasoline engine for the Kodiaq and diesel for the Martorell brand.
Minivans and all-roads large
The Seat Alhambra is the car that has a much wider range of experience in the market, which evolves since 1996. Manufactured under the premise of ‘rebadging’, there are two identical models, which only change the brand: the Volkswagen Sharan and the Ford Galaxy. Belonging to segment D, the Alhambra continues to be one of the references in the field of large monovolumes , in which, in addition to its two brothers, shares the leading role with the Ford S-Max and Renault Space.
The Skoda Kodiaq was presented at the Paris Motor Show in 2016 as a production vehicle, being the first SUV in the D segment of the brand. Mounted on the MQB platform of the VAG Group – shared, among others, with the Seat Ateca, the Audi Q3 and the Volkswagen Tiguan -, the Kodiaq has filled the gap in the range of the Czech brand in the field of all-major roads . The growing demand in recent years for this type of vehicle has managed to improve and contain them -both in measures and benefits-, comparing them with the first cars in this sector.
Simplified off-road vehicles
Far from the North American fashions, driving a few decades ago of excessive Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), in the European market the appearance of these simplified SUVs has completely changed the perception of the buyer, who has left behind the sedans and minivans, changing to the comfort of a wide, high vehicle and of consumptions more contained than those of a traditional 4 × 4.
This trend has also led to the appearance of SUVs in sectors B and C, such as the Seat Arona or the BMW X3 , extended versions of the Seat Ibiza or Series 3.
Two similar models
The two brands, associated under the umbrella of the Volkswagen group, do not differ much in a matter of measure, since we are talking about two vehicles practically of the same length, with 4,706 mm the Kodiaq and 4,854 mm the Alhambra, a difference that does not influence the everyday use. In addition, the two tested vehicles come equipped with the latest trends in parking aids: 360 degree vision cameras and rear view, so that the problem of the measurement is minimized at the time of difficult maneuvers or parking.
The Kodiaq is equipped with a 1.984 cc 180 hp engine, all-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, while the Alhambra has a 1968 cc of 184 hp front-wheel drive and a six-speed DSG gearbox.
With similar benefits, as is obvious, the consumption is higher in the petrol version of the Czech SUV, with an approved consumption declared in the combined cycle of 7.4 liters, while the Alhambra consumes 5.3. Under normal driving conditions, these are somewhat higher, despite the fact that diesel mechanics is still more effective in this area.
Decisive factors in the purchase
One of the main decision factors to opt for the purchase of one or the other model should be the need for internal amplitude of the two contenders.
While the Alhambra is a spacious seven-seater, it is in this facet that the Kodiaq lags behind its rival, since the SEAT allows seven real seats – in which seven adults can comfortably travel – while in the Skoda, both of the trunk are testimonial, with a space more suitable for children than for adults.
With the same distribution 2-3-2, both vehicles comply with the requirement, but it is in the Alhambra where the seven individual seats allow the assembly of child seats more broadly. The rear seat of the SUV is narrower and leaves less space for the rest of the passengers.
With 1,904 mm, the Alhambra exceeds the Kodiaq (1,882) in width, measures that despite being minimal, how in the case of the length, they do have an impact on the inner habitability. Even the height (1,720 of the Alhambra and 1,676 of the Kodiaq) favors according to the height of driver and passengers. Even so, a driver type of 1.80 m will not have any kind of problem in either of the two vehicles.
The luggage capacity of the Alhambra is 885 liters with five seats, down to 300 with seven seats, while in the Kodiaq is 720 liters with five and 270 with seven.
It is in the fast lanes where the Alhambra is more versatile and comfortable, with an aerodynamic coefficient of only 0.29 cx, while the Kodiaq (0.34 cx) is better developed on twisty roads, narrow or with the firm in bad state.
The total traction of the Skoda makes it ideal to travel on dirt roads, since the effectiveness of the 4motion of the VAG group is indisputable.
The two vehicles come equipped with automatic gearbox Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), one of the strengths of the two models, since the change of double clutch devised by Volkswagen – the Golf IV R32 was the first to equip it as standard – is one of the most efficient in the market. This option will make us forget about the steering wheel paddles, since the driving modes will do the rest.
The choice of one model or another will be difficult, since the price of the two cars analyzed (€ 41,910 for the Kodiaq and € 42,190 for the Alhambra) is not a determining factor either. Due to the similarity in the two car concepts, the emotional component, the design, the type of use or the current fashion will be factors that the user will have to put in the balance to decide which of the two models best suits their needs.