The Skoda Kodiaq
is a rare beast. It’s a big SUV with a premium image, space for seven, loads of equipment, and a high-quality interior, but a low price. Families will be well catered for by its roomy and practical cabin, and handy little features to make journeys easier, but drivers will not be disappointed either, with tidy handling and a strong engine line-up.
Entry-level Kodiaqs come with five seats, but a third row of chairs are optional on SE versions, and standard on the SE L and Edition models. For most buyers, the appeal of a car that gives you the choice between having a huge boot and seven seats for the rare occasions the whole family need to travel together will be invaluable. Children will be absolutely fine for space in the back row, but it will be a squeeze for adults. There’s plenty of leg and headroom for those in the middle seats though, and these slide and recline to ensure total passenger comfort. On top of this, there are some nice touches including a powered tailgate, umbrellas in each of the front doors, and a removable LED torch in the boot.