Safety body Euro NCAP awarded the Kodiaq five stars (out of five) for safety in 2017. It scored well for adult protection and solidly for child protection, falling just a few percentage points behind rivals such as the Nissan X-Trail and Kia Sorento. Partly by dint of having autonomous emergency braking (AEB) that also looks out for pedestrians fitted as standard throughout the range, it outscores the Sorento (which doesn’t have AEB at all) in the pedestrian protection category. The X-Trail is even safer for pedestrians, though, thanks to its squishier bonnet.
Lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring are standard only on range-topping Edition models, but can but added to cheaper trims. There’s also the option to add rear side airbags, a driver fatigue sensor and Travel Assist. The latter can recognise road signs and display them on the dashboard.
Security expert Thatcham awarded the Kodiaq a four-out-of-five rating for resisting being broken into, and the full five-out-of-five for resisting being stolen.
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