If you regularly need to carry seven adults on long journeys and in reasonable comfort, then 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 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. Entry-level Kodiaqs have five seats, with the third row of chairs optional on SE versions, and standard on the SE L and Edition models. With all those chairs up, you’ll be able to shoehorn children in without any trouble, but grown-ups will find it a squeeze back there. Still, even in this layout, you have 270 litres of space for a few bags of shopping. Fold down the back row and the flat loading bay swells to over 700 litres. Those sat in the middle row have a generous amount of head- and leg-room, and these seats slide and recline to ensure total passenger comfort. The middle seat is harder and narrower than the other two, though, and a Kia Sorento feels bigger. The Skoda fights back with clever touches including a powered tailgate on most versions, umbrellas stowed in each of the front doors, and a removable LED torch in the boot: handy to ensure you are always prepared, whatever the weather. Towing, which is something important to many SUV buyers, will be no problem in the Kodiaq, with the diesel 4x4 models rated to tow up to 2.5 tonnes, and there’s an optional system for helping you reverse caravans into tight camping spots, too.