Skoda Ko­diaq

The ad­di­tion of a sporty flavour to our 2017 Car of the Year win­ner goes down well with Cathy Parker.

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Sporty and SUV – two words not of­ten heard in the same con­text, but Skoda has pulled it off with the two Sport­line ver­sions of its award win­ner Ko­diaq SUV. You can get the Sport­line in TSI (petrol) or TDI (diesel) ver­sions, the one we tried was the petrol. The Sport­line sits at a $6,000 pre­mium over the pre­vi­ous top of the line Style ($62,990 for the TSI ver­sion and $67,990 for the TDI). The changes are pri­mar­ily cos­metic in­side and out (the driv­e­train is un­changed). At the front you get blacked out mir­rors, grille frame and spoiler, along the flanks there are black strips around the win­dows and body coloured side trim and at the rear sil­ver trim in the lower bumper. Along with the Sport­line al­loys these make for a sub­stan­tial dif­fer­ence in the Sport­line’s ap­pear­ance, aided by the strik­ing red colour of the test ve­hi­cle. In­side the changes are more sig­nif­i­cant with very grippy front sports seats fin­ished in black Al­cantra and leather with this trim re­peated in the door pan­els. The in­te­rior sport­ing feel is com­pleted with some steel ped­als and leather steer­ing wheel. This was our first drive of the petrol ver­sion of the Ko­diaq. It loses about 8kw of power and 80 Nm of torque com­pared to the diesel but does hold its peak torque over a big­ger rev range. This shows on the road with very smooth power de­liv­ery that lack a fi­nal ‘urge’ at the top end. The gear changes are smooth from the DSG gear­box. The ride seems firmer than the Style – which may be due to the lower pro­file tyres, this does re­sult in a some­what choppy ride feel­ing round town but amaz­ingly flat cor­ner­ing on the open road hustling around cor­ners with aplomb where it doesn’t re­ally feel like a typ­i­cal SUV. For what is not a huge ve­hi­cle the load space is im­pres­sive as is the rear leg room, the sec­ond row of seats can be ad­justed fore and aft to suit the user. We like the cargo blind which can be stored in a com­part­ment un­der the load floor when not in use. The large eight-inch multi-func­tion screen gives easy ac­cess to all func­tions in­clud­ing Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto along with Nav­i­ga­tion, re­verse cam­era and au­dio. The in­te­rior er­gonomics are good with ev­ery­thing easy to reach and key con­trols du­pli­cated on the steer­ing wheel. And that is not to for­get the usual Skoda sur­prise and de­light fea­tures such as an um­brella in each of the front door han­dles, recharge­able torch in the lug­gage area and the pro­tec­tors that pop out to pro­tect the rear edges of the front doors when you open them. So, feel­ing a bit sporty but need a prac­ti­cal seven-seater SUV, then all is not lost as the Ko­diaq Sport­line ticks the sporty boxes whilst de­liv­er­ing SUV prac­ti­cal­ity with all the fea­tures that made it our Car of the Year.

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