Is there anything interesting about its design?
Bentley, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda. They’re all members of the Volkswagen Group with the Skoda sharing a family resemblance particularly to the Audis and VWs, while maintaining its own distinctive look which has become even more refined and attractive with each new generation and model.
The Skoda Kodiaq sits on a platform that the Volkswagen Tiguan also uses – picture it like a skateboard that can be stretched or shortened. In the case of the Kodiaq it’s a longer version of the skateboard so that there’s space for a third row of seats at the back, but it still shares the same mechanicals as the Tiguan.
The Skoda Kodiaq is not as much of a giant as it appears in the pictures. It’s not small either but the dimensions show it to be 4697mm end to end, 1882mm across and 1676mm tall (with roof rails).
Compared to the Nissan X-Trail ST the Kodiaq is 7mm longer, 62mm wider and 26mm taller. The Honda CR-V VTi-L is also a seven-seater and it’s about 100mm shorter in length than the X-Trail. The Santa Fe Active is only 3mm longer than the Kodiaq, while the Sorrento is 83mm longer.
Clean, crisp creases to its panels, muscly rear haunches and a wide stance make the Kodiaq look big and tough, but elegant. I’m still not sold on the grille styling, personally I think it appears a little dated now especially for an SUV which is so new – it made its public debut at the 2016 Paris motor show.
The seats in our Kodiaq were Alcantara and leather.
Inside the cabin is what you’d expect from a super-new SUV and as with Volkswagens the Skoda Kodiaq’s cockpit is beautifully minimalist and functional. There’s a long slab-like dash, flat-bottomed moulded steering wheel, and LED ambient colour lighting (choose a colour depending on your mood).
The seats in our Kodiaq were Alcantara and leather. The leather is nice but the Alcantara feels like velour and together they remind me of a jacket my Dad always used to wear in the 1980s which was part wool and part leather. He loved it but it was truly terrible. Luckily thanks to its quirky character it can pull off the combo – the Skoda I mean, not Dad.