The 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine is pleasantly muted, especially compared with diesel engines in the Sorento and X-Trail. The 188bhp 2.0-litre diesel is equally hushed at low revs but gets noisier earlier than the smaller unit, while the 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre petrols are smooth and quiet when cruising but noisier when pushed out of their comfort zone. You don’t feel much vibration through the soles of your feet when accelerating with any of the engines, though.
There’s also little in the way of road noise on the motorway, although you do hear the wind whipping around the Kodiaq’s door mirrors. The standard six-speed manual has a precise, satisfying action, while the optional DSG unit is swift and smooth to change so long as you don't make too many demands of it.
Likewise, the clutch and brake pedals are positive and give you enough feedback to make the Kodiaq easier than its main rivals to drive smoothly.
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