Just because the Kodiaq has had a sporty makeover doesn't mean it’s any less practical. There’s still tonnes of space up front, even if it isn’t quite as broad as the Kia Sorento, and there’s plenty of oddment storage, thanks to big door bins, a cubby under the central armrest and another in front of the gear selector.
The second row of seats slides back and forth, but with them set fully back to maximise leg room rather than boot space, there’s a good amount of room for taller adults. That said, there’s not as much knee room as in the Peugeot 5008; if you need something really huge, the Sorento is bigger still. Both the 5008 and Sorento have greater interior widths as well, so they're better for seating three adults abreast.
The vRS’s third row of seats is a lot less roomy than the 5008's and Sorento's. Small kids will be perfectly comfortable sitting back there, but teenagers and taller adults will have to duck to keep their heads from brushing the rooflining. Leg room is reasonable, as long as those sitting in the middle row don’t slide their seats too far back. Even so, it’s roomier than the Seat Tarraco and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace back there.
Not only does the middle row in the vRS 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. This recline feature and the folding of the backrests flat for long loads has a useful 40/20/40 split.
The third-row seats stow away into the floor when they’re not required and are reasonably simply to erect. It’s worth noting that only the middle row of seats has Isofix mounts, although you can add this handy feature to the front passenger seat for a small premium.
With the third row stowed, the vRS has an enormous boot; we’ve squeezed nine carry-on suitcases into the regular Kodiaq and the vRS is no less spacious. But the 5008’s boot is bigger and will take 10 suitcases, while the Sorento’s is so much longer and wider that it will take a stupefying 11.
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.