It’s the little things that make Kodiaq special, like the umbrella.
auto fold-out door protectors, bottle-grips in the multi-use centre console, ratcheting height and telescoping centre armrest, push-button driving modes, mod-cons such as brilliant radar cruise that restarts from standstill, magnetic removeable boot torch, foot-operated wave-to-open electric tailgate and so much more.
The Sportline makes the whole package even better, for the most part. Of course the 20-inch wheels and 235/45 Pirellis stiffen the ride a little, but it’s so marginal, it’s easily offset by their appearance and performance and the Sportline’s adaptive dampers, chosen by a mode on the touchscreen.
The AWD system is predominantly frontdrive, with just 10 percent of torque normally passing to the rear, but it can send up to 50 percent, and even 85 percent to just one wheel, in precarious situations.
Power remains unchanged with 132kw/320nm, and with the bigger tyres, it’s 0.1 seconds slower to 100km/h, but at 8.3 seconds, that’s hardly a handicap.
The 10-speaker Canton sound system is fantastic, and there’s full electric memory seats and the multi-function steering wheel with paddles, and LED mood lighting which adds to the nighttime aura.
Towing is available as an option for $1850, and rated to 2000kg, which includes Trailer Assist. While it’s classified as a sevenseater, leaving the Karoq to pick up five-seat SUV duties, Kodiaq is reasonably compact for its 4.7m length, and using both third row seats will eat up a lot of boot space, though it’s still practical in SUV terms, just not as large as a dedicated CX-9 seven seater, for comparison.