Smooth as silk. The driving experience is lovely in the Kodiaq, and I had no complaints over the whole week. Everything works in unison to give an effortless drive as I coasted around town in between work and school pickups and, of course, the movies. It's quiet too, and high off the road so you feel safe while driving it, especially when ferrying other people's kids around.
The 2.0-litre turbo engine is powerful and it got me up hills perfectly fine. The car is too big to be zippy, but the handling is spot on and it's not slow on the road. The steering wheel turns very easily which is a noticeable difference between this and the X-Trail, for example. Some large cars can feel heavy and there is a lag between the time you put your foot down to the time it takes off - but not the Kodiaq.
Even though it's on the larger side of a mid-sized SUV, I didn't have issues parking - of course you have to choose the parks that will fit your vehicle, and use the reversing camera plus front and rear parking sensors. You can choose to option in a 360-degree camera which shows you a view from the top - it's a part of the $3400 Luxury Pack which also includes things like heated leather seats and rear cross-traffic alert. For an extra $2600, the Tech Pack includes Park Assist which actually parks the car for you if you're not sure you can do it yourself.