Skoda jumps into the SUV market with both feet — and seven seats, but can the Kodiaq win the people's hearts in an already congested SUV market?
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Skoda might not be a brand renowned for luxury, but it’s proved on several occasions now that it can take the fight to premium rivals with more abundant kit lists that enable unrivalled value for money.
With a starting price north of £37k, however, the Kodiaq Sportline 2.0 TDI 4x4 DSG takes efforts to new and unchartered levels for Skoda. This ‘posh’ Skoda not only faces alternatives with more desirable badges on their snouts, it goes grille-to-grille with esteemed SUVs such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport and BMW X3.
As is often (actually, probably always) the case, the Skoda arrives on the battlefield extensively prepared. These Czech models can’t wade in with high asking prices without bringing a long list of standard features into the equation, so skim down the near page-long specs list of the Kodiaq Sportline and you’ll see premium equipment such as a 9.2in touchscreen, 20in wheels and LED headlights all fitted as standard.
Our seven-seat car also comes equipped with extra driver assist features, bringing its total on the road price up to £39,110. Is this a step too far for the Skoda Kodiaq or an example of its growing reach?