Skoda Kodiaq vRS long-term test review: report 4

The Skoda Kodiaq vRS is the Czech brand’s first ever sports SUV. So, what’s it like to live with?...

LT Skoda Kodiaq vRS - full rear seats

The car Skoda Kodiaq vRS Run by Steve Huntingford, editor

Why it’s here To see if Skoda’s first attempt at a sports SUV is special enough to justify its big price tag

Needs to Offer a sporty drive and a premium feel without sacrificing the comfort and practicality that Skoda is more commonly associated with

Price £42,895 Price as tested £44,860 Miles 5638 Official economy 35.3mpg Test economy 37.4mpg Options fitted Panoramic sunroof (£1175), Canton sound system (£405), rear-view camera including full LED rear lights (£385)

5 June – Simply not enough

With 237bhp from its 2.0-litre diesel engine, there’s no shortage of power under the bonnet of my Kodiaq vRS. However, it’s a different story elsewhere, with Skoda providing a single USB socket (located in a cubby in front of the gearlever).

Even when I’m on my own, this means having to juggle my phone and iPod in an effort to keep both topped up, and when carrying passengers who invariably want to use their own electrical devices on long journeys, it seems like even more of an oversight.

True, there’s a 12V socket in the Kodiaq’s middle row, into which it’s possible to plug an aftermarket USB converter. But this is a fairly inelegant solution from a brand that prides itself on coming up with ‘Simply Clever’ solutions to mundane everyday challenges.

UK buyers can’t even specify extra USB ports as a cost option, unlike their European counterparts. A foible brought about by right-hand drive, presumably.

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