The SKODA Kodiaq is SKODA’s first step into the SUV segment. The SKODA Kodiaq makes fantastic use of interior space and can seat 5 or 7 passengers, with the third row of seats optional. It is longer than the Volkswagen Tiguan and shorter than the Kia Sorrento.
On the outside it’s a large SUV, while on the inside it’s a well-built practical family car. There’s plenty of space up front and you can easily fit three adults in the second row. The seats slide back and forth and the backrest decline for extra comfort too.
Up front, the Kodiaq is really nicely designed with a focus on materials and inlays to give an upmarket appearance. It has plenty of SKODA’s “Simply Clever” touches; umbrellas in the front doors, special cup holders that allow you to open a bottle one-handed, door protectors, split/folding and sliding rear seats and rakes of technological features.
Another interesting feature is a “virtual pedal” that not only electrically opens the boot when you wave your foot under the rear bumper but also closes it.
It comes is a range of petrol and diesel engines as well as manual and DSG auto gearboxes. From launch there will be a 2-litre diesel with 150bhp and 190bhp. The 150bhp will come with front-wheel-drive 7 speed auto DSG, 6 speed 4x4 or 7 speed DSG 4x4. The 190bhp version has 7 speed DSG 4x4. There’s a 115bhp version due in 2018.
The Kodiaq handles extremely well, it’s involving for the driver whilst relaxing to drive.