There was a time when the Skoda was an absolute joke in the motoring world. Cheap and reliable didn’t cut it back then, but with the overhaul made in the last 10 years, the brand Skoda has gone from the laughing stock to (nearly) the top of the pile! The Skoda Kodiaq SUV has aimed to take that reliability and credibility one step further. And while the SUVs of recent years have boasted of being at the forefront of the SUV market, such as the Subaru, the Kodiaq has got a lot going for it. Although it’s late to the party, the SUV has seven seats, and while this is nothing new when you compare it to SUVs like the Kia Sorento, this 6-feet wide and 15-feet long beast of a car packs quite a punch!
When it comes to the MPG and costs, there was a time when you’d face some hefty fuel bills, but now with its efficient engine tech and fuel-saving approaches, the costs are cut right down, which is something when it’s over 50 MPG and the tax is cheap considering the magnitude of the beast (over a tonne and a half!). Its 1.4-litre 123 BHP petrol engine has the Skoda’s patented ACT (active-cylinder technology), which stops two of the four cylinders when you’re cruising to save some fuel.
Looking at practicality, it is perfectly reasonable on rough terrain, but if you need that extra bit of help depending on where you’re driving, mud tires should suffice, but the four-wheel drive option is there for you, but it can dent the fuel economy somewhat. So think twice before heading up the hills without the essentials. Looking at the interior, its five seats provides more than enough comfort for five passengers, and the driver will have a smooth journey, but if you go for the extra two seats (which are optional) it will make for a tighter journey for everyone because headspace is limited.
Safety-wise, the Kodiaq was awarded the five-star rating in the Euro NCAP safety tests, receiving a 92% rating for the protection of adults and 77% for the protection of child passengers. The automatic emergency braking standard proved well across the range of results, and as a nifty feature on all Skodas, it has the Care Connect feature, which will contact the emergency services if the airbags are deployed during a collision. Although this is standard, the additional safety features, such as the blind-spot warning or auto-dipping headlights only come with the Edition Kodiaqs, and can come at a pretty penny.
The adaptive cruise control makes for a smooth journey and the lane-keeping assistance helps you to match the speed of the car in front, and will brake for you when you’re in slow moving traffic. As a family SUV, the Skoda Kodiaq is a great addition to the reliability of the brand, and reinforcing Skoda as a top-class car company, complete with its dedication to family friendliness. The Skoda used to be a little joke, but it’s not so funny anymore.