We certainly wouldn't scoff if it did, but given this petrol's stats, it's likely to be rare sight on UK roads. Both its relatively high CO2 emissions and poor official fuel economy will keep the majority of buyers turning to the diesel while it remains a viable fuel - and it most certainly does here and now.
But those who brave said figures will be rewarded with a very well-rounded engine. Firstly, it's smooth at any revs and only starts to shout deep into its rev range, and then there's its stout low-down enthusiasm and decent turn of pace when provoked. Unfortunately, the DSG 'box doesn't show the same sort of urgency in its Normal driving mode, needing Sport selected before it starts to keep pace with proceedings.
But Sport isn't where you want the Kodiaqs steering, where it becomes far too artificially heavy, nor its optional adaptive dampers (£980), which cause a fair amount of fidgeting on scarred roads. Comfort mode with adaptive isn't ideal either, rounding off the fidget but allowing too much float in the body across undulations. In truth, the optional chassis is best left alone, conceding a slightly busy secondary ride but gaining tighter body control and commendable agility considering its considerable heft on fixed-rate dampers.
Indeed, with the Kodiaq's driving modes set correctly (there's an Individual mode to tailor to your preference), it handles tidily, but never with any real depth to explore further - which is just right given its intended use. The steering is without feel but precise, grip levels (and soggy-surface traction in our 4x4 model) are high and the front wheels go first when pushed. Lovely.
Of more consequence to buyers will be how well the Kodiaq accommodates five or seven people (depending on your choice): seats six and seven aren't possible on S trim, are optional on SE and standard from SE L. There's masses of room around the two front seats, it's similarly spacious in the middle row - which will slide back and forth and also adjust at the backrest - while the rearmost seats will accept children with ease of adults on short journeys.
In terms of space, that leaves the Kodiaq on a par with the Land Rover Discovery Sport across all rows, but behind the larger but similarly-priced Kia Sorento. However, fold the Skoda's rearmost seats flat into its boot floor and you're left with luggage area that's much closer to the Kia's and more than a match for the Land Rover. Of course, Skoda's 'Simply Clever' motto rings true throughout the cabin, with a generous scattering of hooks, cubbies, storage bins and nets.