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Skoda Kodiaq - Interior, design & technology

The Skoda Kodiaq has a well-thought-out interior that focuses just as much on practicality as it does on quality

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£36,605 to £49,190
  • Well-equipped
  • Good ergonomics
  • Massive boot
  • Not fun to drive
  • Sluggish engines
  • Floaty ride
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The Skoda Kodiaq is 61mm longer than the old car but retains a similar design. While the look is hardly revolutionary, it's no bad thing because the Kodiaq uses many hints of Skoda’s new ‘Modern Solid’ design language, giving it an understated style that many of its rivals don’t possess. 

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Skoda’s latest LED headlight signature features a quad-light display at the front made from split headlight clusters. A thin LED strip of 14 individual lights along the grille isn’t as garish as the optional light-up grille of the Enyaq. The rear features a very contemporary full-width light bar. 

As for paint options, there’s one solid colour and five metallic paint finishes, including the new additions of Velvet Red, Black Magic and the most eye-catching Bronx Gold Metallic of the car in the pictures.  

The base-spec SE is well equipped with heated front seats, wireless smartphone charging, four USB-C ports (two at the front and two at the rear), and tri-zone climate control, the latter being very useful with the seven-seater’s third-row seats on a scorching hot summer day. Standard-fit ‘Simply Clever’ features include an umbrella in the driver’s door, a removable rear centre console, a cloth to clean the touchscreen, an ice-scraper inside the fuel filler cap, and an in-built funnel to prevent spills when topping up the screenwash bottle. Options from the Simply Clever range include the new removable aluminium luggage holders in the boot, the rear pull-up sun visors and the phone holders on the back of the front seats. 

SE L adds 19-inch alloy wheels over the standard 18-inch rims, adaptive LED matrix headlights with a cornering function, perforated black leather (artificial leather is offered, too), an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, and an electric tailgate. The panoramic sunroof extends to the rear seats, and is a £1725 optional extra on SE and SE L, but given how bright and airy the Kodiaq is without it, we wouldn’t say it’s a necessity.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5 TSI SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £28,255

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 TSI SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £28,255

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 TSI 245 vRS 4x4 5dr DSG [7 Seat]
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £47,105
Online Reviews Editor

Max looks after the reviews on the Auto Express website. He’s been a motoring journalist since 2017 and has written for Autocar, What Car?, Piston Heads, DrivingElectric, Carbuyer, Electrifying, and Good Motoring Magazine.

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