Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Once you’ve got past the seven-speed DSG gearbox’s hesitancy to get going, the Skoda Kodiaq vRS accelerates away with reasonable gusto.
Its 242bhp 2.0-litre engine never makes this sports SUV feel quite as swift as its 6.6sec 0-62mph time would have you believe, though. While there’s enough performance in reserve for overtaking, the Kodiaq vRS is outshone by the smaller (five-seat-only) Cupra Ateca, which manages the sprint in around five seconds.
Although precious little information filters up from the front tyres to the steering wheel, we doubt many will complain because the steering is direct and precise. Grip levels are predictably high, but the Kodiaq vRS is also surprisingly well balanced. You can really feel power being directed rearwards to stop the car pushing wide at the front.
This is nearly two tonnes of SUV, not some lightweight special, so it’ll never feel as exciting or as agile as the Ford Puma ST. Instead it lets you confidently carry plenty of speed on a twisting stretch of road and have a degree of enjoyment in the process.
That doesn’t come at the expense of the ride. Although the vRS is firmer than the smaller-wheeled regular Skoda Kodiaq, there’s still plenty of compliance in Comfort and Normal modes to deal with all but the craggiest of road surfaces without you getting agitated.