Kodiaq SE L 1.5 TSI 150PS DSG
there is no single car made
that does absolutely everything
perfectly, there is one that comes
close Skodas versatile, classy-
looking and good to drive seven-
seater SUV, the Kodiaq...
SOME OF THE DRIVERS choosing a seven-seater SUV will be going down the
larger SUV route because they must, their choice often driven by an expanding
family. However, that's selling these big family-friendly SUVs short because
the Kodiaq also strongly appeals to drivers who want acres of space and real
comfort for five along with a massive boot. For them, the Kodiaq comes up trumps
too: with the third row of two seats folded into the floor the Kodiaq's boot
can swallow a massive 765 litres it's hard to image needing more than
It's very gratifying, settling into the driver's seat. All the important boxes
are ticked and you're keenly aware of that from the moment you
step aboard: lashings of room, big shapely chairs upholstered in tactile microsuede
and leather, foolproof dash and ergonomics with a built-in touchscreen for the
navigation and infotainment, and a commanding driving position and first-rate
visibility from behind the heated multifunction wheel.
Kodiaq is very well put together and classy in a tasteful, unshowy way, but
its biggest selling point is its ease-of-use. Everything is exactly where you
would expect to find it and, from switchgear to major controls, and it all works
with a quality feel. Not only do the heated (three-stage), well bolstered, and
supportive seats keep you comfortable on both the shortest and longest journeys,
but setting your personal 'sweet spot' is a doddle thanks to smooth-working
controls along with adjustable lumbar support and height-adjustable driver and
front passenger seats and seatbelts.
settling into the drivers
seat. All the important
boxes are ticked and
youre keenly aware of
that from the moment
you step aboard:
lashings of room, big
upholstered in tactile
microsuede and leather,
foolproof dash and
ergonomics with a
built-in touchscreen for
the navigation and
infotainment, and a
position and first-rate
visibility from behind
the heated multifunction
And while you're sitting high looking down on other drivers, your hands cosy
on the heated rim of the leather wrapped steering wheel, you'll still enjoy
a good six inches of headroom. Shoulder, elbow, and leg room are all equally
generous and the cabin wide enough for there to be a broad central armrest that
can easily be shared without any elbow clashes.
Thanks to the first-rate driving position and visibility, positioning the Kodiaq
in traffic or off-road is a no-brainer. Even reversing is a cinch courtesy of
parking sensors front and rear and a rear-view camera plus short overhangs nose
and tail. Of course, you can always do it the 'lazy man's' way by ticking the
box for Skoda's Park Assist system which will steer your Kodiaq into a parallel
or bay slot for you.
The Kodiaq comes well equipped for family duties; not just with its roomy accommodation
but also with a plentiful number of well-considered in-cabin storage solutions
starting with not one but two gloveboxes (both of a good size; the main one
is chillable), a deep storage box beneath the central armrest with twin cupholders,
big, long door bins that swallow bottles without pinching, deep drawers under
both front seats, and a drop-down glasses case in the overhead panel housing
the SOS button. Other welcome touches include the compact umbrellas 'holstered'
in the front doors, ready to be quickly drawn whenever the weather turns wet.
Much appreciated too are the time-honoured 'physical' rotary knobs and switches
for the two-zone climate control. For finger-tappers, the climate settings can
also be shown and adjusted on-screen, so Kodiaq drivers get the best of both
worlds. Adding to the ease of use are the foolproof steering-wheel controls
(for the heated wheel rim, voice control, media, etc) all of which are clearly
marked. The instrument panel is easy to read day and night with white-on-black
dials either side of a multi-mode display with a large road-speed readout. If
you want to see the active mapping between the dials you can always upgrade
to a swish widescreen 10.25-inch digital 'Virtual Cockpit'.
Today, no self-respecting car can pass muster without a comprehensive set of
comms. It may only be the mid-range trim, but the SE L is more than 'fit' in
the comms department. The central Amundsen touchscreen is an eight-incher with
integrated WiFi; it's a nice unit with fast responses, easy-to-read graphics,
and 3D mapping for the SatNav. Its comprehensive skills set includes a connected
multimedia system that makes it easy to communicate with friends and family,
get the information you need, and keep you and all your passengers happy and
entertained while you drive.
CarPlay and Android Auto are part of the bundle, plus you also get Infotainment
Online for accessing a whole host of stuff, from the weather to available parking
spaces. Usually reserved for top-end trims, wireless smartphone charging (in
a lidded tray/bed ahead of the selector lever along with a pair of the latest
'C' type USB jacks) is a standard-fit, as too is a DAB digital radio, eight
speaker sound system, and eCall+ (should you have an accident, the Kodiaq automatically
contacts a service centre or calls for emergency assistance). Remote access
via your smartphone when you're away from your Kodiaq lets you determine, among
other things, where your car is parked.
may only be the mid-
range trim, but the SE L
is more than fit in the
The central touchscreen
is an eight-incher
with integrated WiFi;
its a nice unit with fast
read graphics, and 3D
mapping for the SatNav.
Its features include a
system that makes it easy
to communicate with
friends and family, get
the information you
need, and keep you and
all your passengers
happy and entertained
while you drive...
The seven-seat SE L comes well tricked-out with a keyless entry and engine start
system, microsuede and leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone AirCon,
multi-function steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, Drive mode select,
cruise control, privacy glass, four one-shot windows, auto-dimming rearview
mirror, powerfolding heated door mirrors, electric parking brake with autohold,
rear spoiler, an electrically-operated boot, chrome roof rails, boot nets, and
a set of snazzy 19-inch Triglav alloy wheels plus all the comms features previously
Safety kit is also reassuring with a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating,
Front Assist including autonomous emergency braking, and seven airbags including
one for the driver's knee. Full LED Matrix headlights with AFS (adaptive front
light system), cornering function and AWL (all weather lighting system) are
also standard, as too are LED rear fog lights, automatic main/dip beam switching,
rain lights, auto lights and wipes, headlight washers, and tyre pressure monitoring.
Apart from the five-seater entry-level model, all other Kodiaq trim levels come
configured in a flexible seven-seat layout. Seats six and seven are best for
teens and youngsters, who will have no problem climbing in and out of the third
row in fact, it's hard to keep them out; kids can't seem to get
enough of 'em! That noted, adults can travel there occasionally (even in the
third row there's still enough headroom). Grown-ups wanting to travel first
class will be uber-comfortable in the second row.
The second-row seats slide backwards and forwards (the bases are split 60:40)
so passengers in the middle row as well as those in the third row can customise
their personal leg- and foot-room regardless of what their neighbour is doing.
When the rearmost pair of individual seats are folded away into the boot floor,
sliding the middle row seats also lets you max-out the boot space. Those carrying
kids will also be glad of the pre-installed Isofix child seat mounting points
on the outer seats (usefully, the same can be optioned for the front passenger
fortunate enough to be chauffeured around in a Kodiaq will enjoy superior views
out wherever they are sitting thanks to the Kodiaq's high-riding SUV underpinnings
and high-set seats. In the middle row these are as comfortably padded and supportive
as those up front, and benefit from individual reclining backrests. There's
also six inches of headroom, generous kneeroom, and masses of foot room.
1.5-litre in the engine bay
pumps out 148bhp
backed-up by a muscular
184lb ft of torque.
Its punch is delivered
without any fuss and its
more than up to the job,
courtesy of the smooth-
Youll enjoy an effortless
drive and the petrol
powerplant is quiet
around town, although
ask it to pick up the pace
and youll find its always
willing slot the
selector into Sport and
the Kodiaq really gets up
Travel-enhancing refinements can be taken for granted: you'll find central air
vents, large pouches on the front seatbacks, big bottle-holding door pockets,
a well-padded, extra-wide, drop-down central armrest with built-in cupholders,
and proper reading lights. All-in-all the Kodiaq provides a very civilised way
of transporting five adults who need to arrive fresh and rested at a distant
destination; it's equally competent when it's a small tribe of youngsters who
need ferrying around.
Refinement comes engineered into the Kodiaq, and it's underscored by a passenger-friendly
suspension set-up. The result is a quiet and relaxing interior environment that
helps the miles pass you by almost unnoticed unless you want to
watch the world go by. In which case large windows and the commanding views
from any of the passenger seats is a definite bonus.
SE L versions come with Drive mode select, which offers a range of driving styles:
Eco, Normal, Sport, and Individual. Whichever you choose, the Kodiaq rides perfectly
smoothly, keeping its occupants well cushioned from any blacktop unpleasantness
despite rolling on 19-inch alloy wheels; it helps that the Pirelli tyres are
of a comfort-enhancing 50-profile grade. The result is a ride that's exactly
what a polished seven-seat family SUV should have.
The petrol-drinking 1.5-litre TSI in the SE L's engine bay pumps out 148bhp
backed-up by a muscular 184lb ft of torque on call from 1,500 through to 3,500rpm.
Its punch is delivered without any fuss and it's more than up to the job, courtesy
of the smooth-shifting seven-speed twin-clutch autobox. You'll enjoy an effortless
drive and the petrol powerplant is quiet around town, although ask it to pick
up the pace and you'll find it's always willing slot the selector
into Sport and the Kodiaq really gets up and goes! Zero to 62mph takes 9.8 seconds
and the 1.5 Kodiaq will run to 127mph. There are also paddle-shifters on the
wheel for those times you may want to override the autobox's change points;
when you're towing, for instance.
Overall the 1.5 offers an agreeable blend of punch and economy: officially the
combined figure is 39.1mpg but a hard week's testing saw us post a real-life
combined average of 38.4mpg. For a large SUV with an autobox and seven seats,
we'd call that frugal. Emissions, if you want to know, are 164g/km.
the same length as the estate version of the Octavia Skoda's bestselling
super-practical family car the taller Kodiaq nevertheless looks
far bigger. Yet on the road the Kodiaq feels satisfyingly wieldy. Factor in
its superior high-riding visibility and it's a breeze to manoeuvre in rush-hour
town traffic or when you need to park up.
the city limits the Kodiaq can he hustled along with confidence, its body movements
well under control. Even more so if you've gone down the 4x4 route. Either way,
its predictable roadholding is totally trustworthy so you can boot if it you
like. However, you will get even more pleasure from driving it if you ease back
on the loud pedal and just let it waft along in its own sweet unruffled way,
and enjoy the ride.
days every driver
seems to want a hands-
free powered tailgate.
The Kodiaq gives you
one. And most people
want a bigger boot.
The Kodiaq obliges
and very generously:
with the third-row seats
tucked away theres
a massive 765 litres to
Fold down the second
rows backrests as well
(they drop perfectly flat)
and you have a gigantic
2,005 litres for cargo
with a seamless loadbay
floor that stretches all
the way back to the
tailgate and no lip to
load over either...
These days every driver seems to want a hands-free powered tailgate. The Kodiaq
gives you one. And most people want a bigger boot. The Kodiaq obliges
and very generously: with the third-row seats tucked away there's a massive
765 litres to play with.
Fold down the second row's backrests as well (they drop perfectly flat) and
you have a gigantic 2,005 litres for cargo with a seamless loadbay floor that
stretches all the way back to the tailgate and no lip to load
over either. And even with all seven seats in use there's still room behind
the third row for some squashy bags or a trolley-full of shopping from Sainsbugs.
The boot/loadbay offers that extra bit of versatility with its three-way split
(40:20:40) middle-row backrests; this also provides a very large and wide load-through
feature. You also get a variable boot floor.
And there's more good news: the roller blind luggage cover cassette has its
own dedicated spot under the boot floor very few other brands
do this, and consequently their roller blinds usually end up stored in their
owner's garage or porch. Thankfully you can rely on Skoda to do the right thing.
For the record the boot also contains sturdy adjustable bag hooks, a 12-volt
socket, two boot lights, and three strong and stretchy luggage nets.
Fitted with the 150PS petrol-powered unit the Kodiaq will pull a braked 1,800kg.
If you're only planning on the occasional spot of towing, then you might like
to specify the optional electrically folding tow bar which can be neatly 'disappeared'
when not required.
The Kodiaq is one of the most complete seven-seaters you can buy and not only
won't it break 'your' bank but it's enjoyable to drive, comes with acres of
space including a huge boot, and is generously specced and smartly fitted out.
Go big with a Kodiaq and you'll find that Skoda's family-friendly SUV doesn't
just talk the talk but walks the walk. Convincingly! ~ MotorBar
Skoda Kodiaq SE L 1.5 TSI 150PS DSG
Maximum speed: 127mph | 0-62mph: 9.8 seconds | Test Average: 38.4mpg
Power: 148bhp | Torque: 184lb ft | CO2: 164g/km