The Kodiaq's standard passive suspension works well enough. Resist the temptation to add big alloy wheels and you'll enjoy a generally comfortable ride, particularly at cruising speeds on the motorway. It’s certainly far less bouncy than a Nissan X-Trail.
It gets better still if you order the optional adaptive suspension (called Dynamic Chassis Control), which lets you stiffen or soften the suspension at the touch of a button. If you choose the softest modes (aptly labelled Comfort), the Kodiaq deals even more adroitly with road scars at higher speeds.
Like a Land Rover Discovery Sport, things get a little unsettled around town, though, and the firmer Normal and Sport modes amplify the problem so are best left well alone. In fact, the latter setting makes the ride downright uncomfortable – even on smaller 18in wheels (19in ones are standard on the best-selling trims).
For one of the best rides in the class at this price point, the Peugeot 5008 is the SUV to try, but even then only if you avoid the bigger wheels.