It’s the lit­tle things that make Ko­diaq spe­cial, like the um­brella.

New Zealand LCV - - TEST DRIVE -

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.

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