Skoda Ko­diaq 2.0 TDI SE L DSG

What Car? - - Our Cars - Jim Holder Jim.holder@hay­mar­

Mileage 7670 List price £30,615

Tar­get Price £28,996 Price as tested £31,615 Test econ­omy 43.5mpg

RAIN. SLEET. SNOW. It’s all been lash­ing down. And then turn­ing to ice. Great news if you’re a pen­guin, less so if you have to drive each day. Yet the Skoda Ko­diaq con­tin­ues to make life bet­ter, even on these most mis­er­able of days.

How so? You are prob­a­bly ex­pect­ing a eu­logy about the ben­e­fits of driv­ing an SUV through such treach­er­ous con­di­tions, but I’ll cau­tion now that this par­tic­u­lar ver­sion of this par­tic­u­lar SUV is two-wheel drive and no more likely to ne­go­ti­ate a road doing a pass­ing im­pres­sion of an ice rink than any other car.

No, in­stead, the fo­cus of my praise is on the far more mun­dane frip­peries that come as stan­dard on all but en­try-level Ko­di­aqs: the ice scraper, lo­cated be­hind the petrol filler cap, and the um­brel­las that slide in­side the front doors.

There are more smart touches in a sim­i­lar vein, al­beit less weather-bi­ased: the plas­tic bin that clips into the door cubby, the pop-out door pro­tec­tors that pre­vent car park scrapes and the drinks bot­tle hold­ers that are de­signed to grip so that you can un­screw a lid one-handed.

Are these alone enough to jus­tify buy­ing the Ko­diaq? Of course not; a trip to Hal­fords

could equip you with sim­i­lar – if not as well in­te­grated – kit. But that’s not the point.

If you live with these nice-to-have items, you soon come to rely on them. And, in doing that, you also find that your car is mak­ing a small but sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to your life.

What they prove is that buy­ing a Skoda isn’t just about want­ing de­cent qual­ity for a de­cent price. The Ko­diaq is a car that does ev­ery­thing – and I mean ev­ery­thing – re­ally well, without ever re­ally set­ting your pulse rac­ing. But with these clever touches, you are soon re­minded that the Ko­diaq is a lit­tle bit smarter than the av­er­age car.

The Ko­diaq comes equipped with a handy ice scraper

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