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New Skoda Kodiaq - first interior pictures revealed

Skoda has released new pictures of its Kodiaq large SUV, showing the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento rival's interior for the first time

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Skoda Kodiaq

New pictures of the Skoda Kodiaq, the first seven-seater SUV to come from the Czech manufacturer, have been released ahead of the car's official unveiling later this week.

Earlier pictures have shown that the Kodiaq sticks closely to the striking Vision S concept, which was unveiled earlier this year in Geneva.

What Car? has already driven a disguised prototype version of the Skoda Kodiaq, and you can read our first drive impressions here.

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The Kodiaq is expected to cost from around Β£24,000 when sales begin in January, making it a rival to the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Nissan X-Trail.

The Kodiaq will come with five seats as standard, but seven-seater versions will be available, too. Depending on which engine option you choose, the Kodiaq can be had with either front- or four-wheel drive.

Engine options will include a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel, which is expected to take the bulk of sales in the UK.

Skoda is promising big space inside the Kodiaq. With a boot capacity of 720 litres, rising to 2065 litres with the rear seats folded away, the Kodiaq offers vastly more space than both the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento. That gives the Kodiaq more in common with larger, more premium SUV models such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Our first drive of the Kodiaq has already found that with all seven seats in place, there's enough space for small suitcases in the boot. With them folded away, the space is gargantuan.

While the Kodiaq's full specification has yet to be confirmed, Skoda has said it will be offered with a surround-view camera system designed to give drivers a full view of the area around the car, as well as towing assistance systems. A heated steering wheel will feature on the car's options list. We also know that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality will be offered.

These latest pictures show that Skoda has given the Kodiaq a modern look inside, with a large central touchscreen infotainment system dominating the front area. The car's multi-function steering wheel and switchgear will be familiar to anyone driving an Octavia or Superb, but the interior looks suitably premium.

Clever touches which will be offered on the Kodiaq include a removable magnetic boot light which can be affixed to the car's bodywork, and umbrellas in both doors - a feature shared with the Superb.

Click here to find out more about the Skoda Kodiaq


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