Large SUV of the Year 2017: Skoda Kodiaq

Large SUV of the Year 2017: Skoda Kodiaq

As sales of traditional MPVs take presctiption the wane, large SUVs offering space for seven have selected in the mantle as practical, affordable and efficient ways of transport for big families.

The Skoda Kodiaq is among the newest in this area, and due to its impressive mixture of ride and handling, refinement, usability and cost-effective prices, the Kodiaq takes the title of Best Large Sports utility vehicle.

Even though the design is derivative and never unlike the wonderful, inside, the standard and ergonomics take presctiption componen with pricier models from prestige brands. We’ve got the technology available is bang up-to-date too, with a multitude of connected services and smartphone connectivity features.

Large SUV of the Year 2017: Skoda Kodiaq

The Kodiaq can also be impressively spacious and has a selection of two layouts. S, SE and SE Technology models get five seats along with a massive 720-litre boot, as the latter two trim levels could be upgraded to seven seats to have an affordable 1,000.

Choose this extra and also the third row of seats provides a good degree of space, for adults sitting back there. Boot capacity in five-seat form drops to some still functional 630 litres, but it’s how a Kodiaq mixes this practical edge (such as the brand’s trademark ‘Simply Clever’ features) with security in an inexpensive large Sports utility vehicle body that actually appeals.

Because of the car’s VW Group MQB underpinnings, it provides an amount of agility that’s more generally available on much smaller sized SUVs. Crisp, well weighted controls inspire confidence, while body roll is minimal for that car’s size. Models using the optional Dynamic Chassis Control permit you to flick from a smooth ride and sharp cornering in the touch of the mouse, but the conventional suspension provides a decent comfortableness.

Most importantly, the plethora of smooth, punchy and efficient gas and diesel engines offers a winning package. The icing around the cake would be that the Kodiaq is extremely acutely priced, beginning from under 22,000.

Our choice

Skoda Kodiaq 2. TDI 150 DSG SE 7 Seat (28,115)

A sizable family Sports utility vehicle such as the Kodiaq reaches its best having a torquey diesel underneath the bonnet, and also the 148bhp 2.-litre TDI provides the most powerful compromise of performance and cost, as the DSG cost less compared to manual, which only includes four-wheel drive. The engine is refined and claims 50mpg-plus, too. SE trim provides plenty of package and it is top value.

Commended

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe is a huge Sports utility vehicle with sufficient to love. It’s less modern because the Kodiaq or as comfortable since it’s Kia Sorento sister vehicle, however it is loaded with lots of package and 4-wheel drive as standard, giving decent off-road potential. Stylish looks, a sizable, versatile load space along with a comfortable ride boost its appeal.

Kia Sorento

Kia’s Sorento includes a much greater beginning cost compared to Skoda – it is from 28,850 – however it counters having a lengthy package list along with a more effective, torquier 2.2-litre diesel to enhance simplicity of use. It’s still a spacious and solid all-rounder, too, while interior quality isn’t too much behind the Kodiaq’s.

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