Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
This is where the vRS looks a little shaky, with a list price that's well into the realm of premium-badged SUVs. It's also several thousand pounds more than the sporty-looking Sport Line version of the Skoda Kodiaq. The Sportline has four-wheel drive, an automatic gearbox and a de-tuned 187bhp version of the same 2.0-litre petrol engine.
The vRS's high CO2 emissions (198g/km) put it in the top company car tax bracket. Its official fuel economy is in the low-thirties (in real-world use, it can be more like mid-twenties), which is close to the bigger and more powerful V8 Audi SQ7.
Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is standard and identifies pedestrians as well as cars. Lane-keeping assistance and blind-spot monitors are optional, along with rear side airbags, a driver fatigue sensor and a Travel Assist pack that can recognise road signs and display them on the dashboard.
Security expert Thatcham Research gave the Kodiaq a four-star rating for resisting being broken into and the full five stars for resisting being stolen.
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