Skoda’s bril­liant all-rounder

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Environment - PETER HAY­WARD news­desk@waleson­

THERE’S a new top choice in the medium cross­over mar­ket that’s big­ger and more de­sir­able than ri­vals, most of which are more ex­pen­sive.

It drives fault­lessly, and as well as be­ing rea­son­able to buy or on PCP, it’s one of very few avail­able with the op­tion of seven seats.

En­ter the good look­ing Skoda Kodiaq, which is ar­guably the best all-rounder the com­pany has pro­duced, and able to match or bet­ter cars cost­ing many thou­sands more.

It’s based on the same chas­sis as the VW Tiguan and Seat Ateca but as is Skoda’s usual prac­tice, it has been stretched to give loads of legroom in the back and that op­tion for an ex­tra pair of seats in the boot.

I drove the 150bhp 2.0-litre diesel with a six-speed man­ual gear­box and four-wheel drive.

It is, quite hon­estly, ab­so­lutely smack on in every re­spect.

There are usu­ally lit­tle nig­gles with the best of cars, but this one ex­cels in every area.

The well-known en­gine used in ve­hi­cles across the VW group is smooth and quiet, hap­pily pulling from about 1,400 revs in sixth gear.

It is also pow­er­ful enough for the weight, giv­ing a 0 to 60mph time of well un­der 10 sec­onds, and ex­cel­lent fourth gear urge for over­tak­ing.

In the mid-range SE trim I tested, equip­ment in­cludes an ex­cel­lent auto-off park­ing brake, big al­loys, seven airbags, sat nav with an eight-inch touch­screen and an ex­cel­lent DAB stereo.

It also has loads of elec­tronic safety de­vices, key­less en­try and start­ing and park­ing sen­sors.

The Skoda Kodiaq is a bril­liant all-rounder, right at the top of an SUV class that in­cludes the VW Tiguan and the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery Sport.

Don’t but any­thing else be­fore driv­ing it.

The Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 4x4 I drove costs £27,300.

Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 4x4

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