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THE KODIAQ WAS NAMED BEST FAMILY CAR IN THE WORLD 2016 BY
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row, their little fingers will find that torch. And before you can say, “Kodiaq means brown bear”, the torch will fall between the seats, never to be found again.
Ditto for the umbrellas. No matter how many umbrellas I buy ( or am given by car companies) they disappear, especially at the first hint of rain. But Skoda NZ says replacement umbrella's are $ 30 and a torch is $ 70.
It also has digital voice enhancement via the stereo system that projects the driver’s voice to the third row of seats. No more yelling at misbehaving kids!
had the first road test of a Kodiaq after the media launch, spending five days in the Style diesel that has, like the Ambition+, full leather seats, plus heated front seats and steering wheel.
From the exterior, the Kodiaq has a strong road presence, thanks to the large grille that merges into the LED headlights. But it’s the inside that impresses with a sleek dashboard and easy to find and use elements.
Due to cabin soundproofing, you hardly hear the diesel engine from inside the Kodiaq. Even outside, it’s quieter than expected.
The 2- litre diesel engine has combined fuel efficiency number of 5.7- litre/ 100km but during our drive we averaged 9 litres.
On the open road, the Kodiaq comes to the fore. Its cornering is easy, and you aren’t thrown around, with the stability at speed notable.
As diesel, it works best on the open road, with the engine producing 400Nm of torque between 1750- 3200rpm.
Around town, that torque lag in the diesel was annoying. I had to turn off stop- start in city driving, as the Kodiaq was slow to respond at traffic lights. For me and my lifestyle, I’d opt for the petrol Style.
Another niggle was that the doors don’t completely close unless you slam them, due to that niffy edge protection that has to retract completely.
But those are just niggles that you’d adjust to if you owned it. I’d say quite a few Kiwis, especially those with young families, will be putting it on the shopping list due to the seven seats and price point.
It has also won praise overseas, as it was named Best Family Car in the World 2016 by