Many large SUVs are too heavy or softly sprung to do anything other than drive gently along smooth, straight motorways. However, the Kodiaq is surprisingly alert through corners and the ride stays impressively comfortable most of the time, too. Top-spec versions are equipped with an adaptive suspension, so you can make the ride firmer or softer depending on the type of road you’re on. We prefer the slightly more forgiving set-up.
The wide and flat dashboard adds to the feeling of width in the cabin, and the driving position is excellent, with a wide range of steering and seat adjustment that should allow almost anyone to get comfortable. If you regularly need to carry seven adults on long journeys, a big MPV like the Seat Alhambra
or Ford Galaxy
will be a better choice for your needs. However, for most buyers, the appeal of a huge boot
and seven seats
for the occasions you need them will be invaluable. Those sat in the middle row have a generous amount of head- and legroom, and these seats slide and recline to ensure maximum comfort. The middle seat is harder and narrower than the other two, though, and a Kia Sorento feels marginally bigger inside. No matter, the Kodiaq was named Best Seven-Seater
in the 2019 Auto Trader New Car Awards.
Towing, which is important to many SUV buyers, will be no problem in the Kodiaq either, with the diesel 4x4 models rated to tow up to 2.5 tonnes. There’s an optional system for helping you reverse caravans into tight camping spots, too.