Skoda Kodiaq Review
In this Skoda Kodiaq review, well take a look at the reasons why this multi-award winning seven-seat SUV is perfect for the modern family. It is yet another fine example of the Skoda philosophy of building beautiful vehicles packed with the latest technology, safety and features, whilst remaining incredible value for money.
With a name that refers to the Kodiak bear that lives on the island of the same name (Kodiak Island) in Alaska, the Skoda Kodiaq it’s a not-so-subtle hint that this is not only car design for growing families or those with busy active lives, it is also a car suited for the great outdoors.
Skoda Kodiaq – 4×4, so Capable.
The Kodiaq comes with 4×4 capabilities, generous ground clearance and an off-road mode. Being a mid-size SUV, it is larger than a sedan but not quite as big as a full-sized SUV, so it isn’t too bulky or intimidating to handle – great for the school run, for work or navigating inner city streets and multi-storey car parks.
There are three variants of the Kodiaq available in Australia. The base variant Kodiaq comes with plenty of Simply Clever solutions, generous space and modern connectivity features ensure that you
travel in total comfort. Then there is the Kodiaq Sportline, with design elements that impress and thrill, and finally the Kodiaq RS is a refined beast housing the most powerful engine in the Skoda range.
Functionality meets Form
For most, having a vehicle that is not only practical and functional but also looks attractive plays a big role in the purchasing decision, and this is the case even for a family SUV. The Skoda Kodiaq is characterised by its perfect interplay of graceful lines, dynamic curves and robust appearance, making it instantly recognisable. Opting for one of the metallic or pearl effect paints will further enhance this look, resulting in a car that looks much more expensive than it actually is.
For those considering purchase of a large family SUV, chances are that space, comfort and ease of use will definitely be the priorities, and on that front the Skoda Kodiaq has got you covered. The cabin space is roomy and practical, with the ability to pack in more people or carry more baggage, while stylish premium interiors and a commanding driving position give you added confidence and comfort on the road.
A Classy, Clever People Mover
With seven seats as standard, the Kodiaq can transport up to seven people with ease and in maximum comfort. The elegant, functional interior with ambient lighting, high quality leather appointed seat upholstery and trim design that inspires confidence and evokes a peaceful ambience. This is complemented by the practical use of space and Skoda’s Simply Clever features thoughtfully placed throughout the cabin.
Skoda Kodiaq Infotainment and Tech.
On the centre console you will find Skoda’s first-class Columbus infotainment system on a large 9.2-inch colour touchsreen featuring gesture control, 3D navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth with voice control, audio & streaming, USB and SD ports. You’ve also got lumbar support for both the passenger and the driver fitted as standard, and the raised seating height of the Kodiaq gives the driver excellent visibility all the way around.
You get an excellent interior for the money. It’s really well built, feels solid, the materials are nice and it’s just so easily and simply laid out with nice large buttons you really won’t have any trouble finding which function you want very quickly.
How’s the Leg room?
Climbing into the second row of seats is no different, as you’ve also got ample headroom as well as lots of legroom. Another useful feature is the ability to recline the second row of seats as well as slide them back and forth in a 60/40 split. Built-in roller blinds for the rear windows can be pulled up to make it easier for the kids to sleep or just shield them from the harsh glare of the sun.
Adults or taller folk may find the legroom a little bit tight in the third row though this can be somewhat remedied by sliding the second row seats forward. In any case, it should still be totally bearable over short trips. The good thing is that whoever is sitting in the third row still be able to hear you clearly from the front thanks to the Digital Voice Enhancement system on the Skoda Kodiaq, so no more turning around to shout at the kids, and one less reason for you to take your eyes off the road.
If you have a small family or don’t have your whole tribe in-tow, you can create all the luggage space you need in the Kodiaq. There’s easily enough space to stow all your gear for a day at the beach or camping in the bush. Lay the third row of seats flat and you get 630 litres. If that’s still not enough, lay the second row flat as well and you get a massive 2005 litres.
Driveability – The Skoda Kodiaq is agile, nimble and safe
One of the Kodiaq’s strengths is how agile and maneuverable it feels for such a large car. The steering is light, the cabin feels nice and airy, and you’ve got a really good view out of the driver’s seat. It handles the usual bumps and potholes with ease, and is decently quick off the mark. Driving at highway speeds it is quiet and comfortable, making it a great car for covering long distances, with the 4×4 drive offering enhanced traction on and off the road.
And you can feel safe in the Skoda Kodiaq. With a 5 star ANCAP safety rating complemented by a host of innovative driver assist technologies. With systems such a 360 degree view camera, fatigue detection, blind spot detection, front assist with autonomous braking, lane assist, and adaptive cruise control, help is always at hand.
Built to the highest of standards, the Skoda Kodiaq combines 4×4 capabilities, impressive state-of-the-art driver assistance systems, innovative safety technology and extraordinary comfort and space, making it an ideal companion for families. It’s not hard to see why it has exceeded expectations and received such good positive reactions from many a Skoda Kodiaq review.