What is it?
The Skoda Kodiaq sets two landmarks for the Czech car maker: this is the manufacturer's first ever proper SUV, and also its first ever seven-seat car.
Perhaps even more importantly, it's also something of an acid test of the strength of the Skoda brand, and could well be a bellwether for the company’s long-term strategy to move gradually upmarket. If Skoda proves that it can sell large family SUVs for the kind of money that isn’t too far off what’s needed for an equivalent BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz or Land Rover, it’ll be much easier to move the rakish coupé and small SUV concept cars we’ve seen in recent years from the drawing board to the production line. The Kodiaq may also finally help prove to buyers that the reputational problems of Skodas all those decades ago are simply no longer a factor.
The Kodiaq is the fourth and final new Volkswagen Group SUV based on the MQB platform to hit the market in 2016, after its Volkswagen Tiguan, Seat Ateca and Audi Q2 cousins. Unlike any of those cars, however, the Kodiaq offers customers the potential to combine must-have modern SUV desirability with seven-seater utility and four-wheel drive capability – and all for less than £27,000.