Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The Skoda Kodiaq is a large SUV, so you’re unlikely to ever feel cramped in the front seats, even if you’re a basketball player.
Head room is copious and the seats slide back a long way to accommodate anyone long in the legs, although the Kodiaq’s interior isn’t as broad as those of rivals such as the Kia Sorento.
Meanwhile, there are heaps of storage spaces; the door pockets are big enough to swallow a large bottle of water, there’s a cubby under the front armrest and one in front of the gearlever that’s designed specifically to stow your mobile phone.
The majority of Skoda Kodiaq models are five-seaters as standard, with the option of adding a third row. However, high-spec models such as Sportline and Scout have seven seats by default.
The second-row seats slide back and forth, and with them set fully back to maximise leg room rather than boot space, there’s a decent amount of room for taller adults. That said, there’s not as much knee room as in a Peugeot 5008, and if you need something really huge, the Sorento is bigger still. Both the 5008 and Sorento have wider interiors as well, so they’re better for seating three adults side by side.
The Kodiaq’s third-row seats (if fitted) are a lot less roomy than those in the 5008 and certainly the Sorento; teenagers and adults will have to duck to keep their heads from brushing the roof. Leg room is reasonable, as long as those sitting in the middle row don’t slide their seats too far back.
Seat folding and flexibility
Not only does the middle row in the Kodiaq slide back and forth in a 60/40 split, but you can also adjust the angle of the backrests – handy when one of your passengers fancies a snooze. The backrests recline and fold down in a useful 40/20/40 split.
The third row of seats (if fitted) stow away into the floor when they’re not required and are reasonably simple to erect. It’s worth noting that only the middle row of seats have Isofix mounts, although you can add this handy feature to the front passenger seat for a small premium.
Five-seat versions of the Skoda Kodiaq (and seven-seat versions with the rearmost seats stowed away into the floor) have an enormous boot that can hold an impressive nine carry-on suitcases. But the Peugeot 5008’s boot is bigger and will take 10 suitcases, while the kia Sorento’s is so much longer and wider that it can take 11 cases.
The floor of the boot is pretty much flat, as long as you’ve got the variable-height boot floor fitted and in its upper setting; this feature comes as standard on most versions.
With bums on all seven seats, the Kodiaq’s boot shrinks considerably, although there’s still space for a quick trip to the supermarket or a couple of small suitcases. The tonneau cover pulls across the whole boot area when the Kodiaq is in five-seat mode and cleverly slots away under the boot floor when all seven seats are required.