Czech it out, mate

Weekend Herald - - COVER STORY -

THE KO­DIAQ WAS NAMED BEST FAM­ILY CAR IN THE WORLD 2016 BY

MAG­A­ZINE TOP GEAR

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

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