Skoda Kodiaq vRS long-term test review

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

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Steve Huntingford
17 May 2019

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  • 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 £44,835 Miles 5124 Official economy 35.3mpg Test economy 37.4mpg Options fitted Panoramic sunroof (£1175), Canton sound system (£405) and rear-view camera including full LED rear lights (£385)

17 May – Practically perfect

The term MPV, or multi-purpose vehicle, was originally coined to describe traditional people carriers such as the Renault Espace and Vauxhall Zafira. However, if anything, I reckon my Kodiaq vRS and other large SUVs are even more versatile.

I, for example, value the mix of comfort, performance and style that my car offers – the latter two being qualities rarely found in MPVs. And yet, when a colleague suddenly found himself needing to borrow a seven-seater for the weekend after his own broke down, the Kodiaq proved itself to be more than up to the job.

LT Skoda Kodiaq vRS full of people

Okay, its third-row seats aren’t huge, but that’s also the case in most MPVs and two children were still perfectly happy in them. What’s more, even with all the seats in place, there was room in the boot for the family dog – and we’re not talking about a Chihuahua.

Indeed, when it comes to practicality, choosing the sporty vRS model over more mainstream Kodiaqs requires you to compromise in just one area: underfloor storage.

LT Skoda Kodiaq vRS dog in boot

This is usually another Kodiaq strength, providing a space big enough to swallow the luggage cover when it’s not needed. However, you have to leave it at home when all seven of the vRS’s seats are in use, because the battery sits bang smack in the middle of the underfloor area instead of its usual home beneath the bonnet.

Still, at least the vRS retains all of the other practical touches that help make the Kodiaq one of the best large SUVs around, ranging from the numerous in-car cubbies to plastic protectors that automatically pop out when you open a door to ensure you don’t chip the paint.

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