Skoda Kodiaq long-term test review

Skoda's first seven-seat SUV won big praise in our road test and took home our 2017 Large SUV of the Year award, but how will it stand up to daily life?...

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Jim Holder
17 May 2018 07:47 | Last updated: 12 Jul 2018 11:07

The car Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI SE L DSGRun by Jim Holder, editorial directorWhy it’s here To evaluate our 2017 Large SUV of the Year over 12 months and assess Skoda's new range-topperNeeds to Be the consummate seven-seat SUV, delivering on practicality, comfort and frugality while justifying a price tag that puts it head to head with entry-level models from some premium car makers

Price £30,615 Price as tested £31,615 Miles covered 11,387 Official economy 56.5mpg Test economy 40.5mpg Options fitted Children’s pack (£175), metallic paint (£555), rear-seat backrest release (£90), space saver wheel (£100), textile floor mat set (£80)

17 May 2018 – Is a reversing camera neccessary?

The Skoda Kodiaq comes pretty well equipped at SE L trim level – and the reasonable price step-up from the lower S and SE trims makes it our pick of the range as a result.

However, there is one omission – and only one - that I regret, and that is a rear-view camera.

The logic of not ticking the option box is sound: a camera is a £550 option, and SE L does come with rear parking sensors that are remarkably accurate.

Skoda Kodiaq long-term test review

But in such a big car, which often has its view out of the back obscured because of a full boot or passengers in the third row of seats, I’d like the reassurance of a camera to know exactly what’s happening behind me as I negotiate my way into a parking space.

Having missed my chance, a quick Google reveals that I could buy an aftermarket alternative and fit it myself for as little as £30, but I can’t help feeling that would look and feel like something to make Heath Robinson proud rather than an elegant solution.

After more than 10,000 miles I haven’t had a bump or even near-miss to worry about, so I’ll no doubt get by, but if I were buying again, I’d spend the extra.

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