New Skoda Kodiaq vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Toyota Land Cruiser
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The 8.0in touchscreen sits high up on the dashboard, flanked by physical shortcut buttons. It’s fairly easy to use, yet not as intuitive or responsive as the Skoda’s touchscreen. Sat-nav, a DAB radio and a premium 10-speaker stereo are standard, and you can add wi-fi and an app to connect your smartphone. The upgraded 10.0in screen is much better but costs £1970.
When using the 8.0in touchscreen, the first thing you notice is its clarity, smart graphics and bright, easy-to-hit icons. These, along with the ease with which you can program the sat-nav or pair a phone, make it a doddle to use. Standard SmartLink lets you operate your smartphone via the touchscreen, plus you get a 64GB hard drive and wireless phone charging. Options include a wi-fi hotspot and a punchier stereo.
The 7.0in touchscreen is the smallest here, but size isn’t the big issue. It’s the slow-witted software, old-fashioned graphics and fiddly menus that really grate. A DAB radio and Bluetooth are standard, but sat-nav is a pricey £750 option – although it does also bring an SOS call feature and the ability to download apps. Modern gadgets such as wi-fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t available – even as options.