TIME TESTED

New Zealand LCV - - COUNTER POINT -

With all three at the drag strip, it’s some­what sur­pris­ing to see the Skoda turn in the fastest times, es­pe­cially given it lacks a lit­tle low-down fi­nesse, the dual-clutch gear­box and smaller ca­pac­ity 2.0-litre en­gine some­times slow to re­spond; but with launch con­trol and Sport mode, the Kodiaq rockets away to sur­pris­ingly claim per­for­mance brag­ging rights. The Mazda isn’t far be­hind, just a few tenths, helped sub­stan­tially by a faux launch con­trol mode: when the trac­tion con­trol is dis­abled, revs can build against the brake, which builds boost and gives it enough to get a few turns of mo­men­tum-build­ing wheel­spin. Im­pres­sively it also ‘feels’ that fast in nor­mal driv­ing, whether it’s rac­ing down the straight line, or burst­ing away from 10km/h. The Hyundai is still solid, but just couldn’t keep pace with the oth­ers, around one sec­ond slower to 60km/h and 100km/h.

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