Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Just because this Kodiaq has had a sporty makeover doesn't mean it’s any less practical. It a lot more practical all round than its nearest sports SUV price rivals – the Cupra Ateca and Volkswagen T-Roc R). That means 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 can be reclined, for comfort, or slid back and forth, to maximise leg room. With them set back to give the most passenger space, there’s a good amount of room for taller adults, but not as much knee room as there is other large, but slower SUVs, such as the in the Peugeot 5008 or Kia Sorento. 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 roof lining. 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 or Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace back there.
The third-row seats 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 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.
For maximum boot space you can fold down the rear seats completely, or use the 40/20/40 second-row split that allows you to mix long loads with passengers.