There are plenty of seven-seat SUVs to choose from if you've got deep pockets, but what if you're looking for something more reasonably priced? Well, then the Skoda Kodiaq is one car that should definitely be on your shortlist; its attractive starting price certainly makes it appealing to big families looking for value for money.
It's actually Skoda's first ever seven-seater car, and its first large SUV. It shares some of its underpinnings with other VW Group SUVs, including the Seat Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan, but the larger Kodiaq is actually more of a rival for the Nissan X-Trail, while the higher-end and pricier versions compete with the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and even Land Rover's Discovery Sport.
The cheapest versions of the Kodiaq come with five seats as standard, but it’s the seven-seat versions that have by far the biggest appeal. Engine options range from a 121bhp 1.4 petrol all the way up to a punchy 188bhp 2.0-litre diesel, and there’s also a choice between front and four-wheel drive and manual and automatic (DSG) gearboxes.
Read on over the next few pages to see how the Skoda Kodiaq compares with its main rivals in every area, and which engines and trims you should consider if you're thinking of buying one.