Large SUV of the Year 2017: Skoda Kodiaq

Large SUV of the Year 2017: Skoda Kodiaq

Large SUV of the Year 2017: Skoda Kodiaq

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The Skoda Kodiaq is the 2017 Auto Tell Large SUV of the Year, with the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento commended

As sales of accustomed MPVs are on the wane, large SUVs offering space for seven have picked up the conceal as practical, affordable and efficient methods of transport for large families.

The Skoda Kodiaq is one of the newest on the commotion, and thanks to its impressive mix of ride and handling, refinement, usability and affordable prices, the Kodiaq takes the subhead of Best Large SUV.

Although the design is derivative and not unlike the Superb, inside, the prominence and ergonomics are on par with pricier models from prestige brands. The technology on propose is bang up-to-date as well, with a wide variety of connected services and smartphone connectivity features.

The Kodiaq is also impressively expansive and comes with a choice of two layouts. S, SE and SE Technology models get five seats and a oversized 720-litre boot, while the latter two trim levels can be upgraded to seven seats for an affordable £1,000.

Go for this addition and the third row of seats gives a good level of space, even for adults sitting aba there. Boot capacity in five-seat form drops to a still usable 630 litres, but it’s the way the Kodiaq mixes this matter-of-fact edge (including the brand’s trademark ‘Simply Clever’ features) with security in an affordable large SUV body that really appeals.

Thanks to the car’s VW Group MQB underpinnings, it offers a plain of agility that’s more commonly found on much smaller SUVs. Crispy, well weighted controls inspire confidence, while body roll is minutest for the car’s size. Models with the optional Dynamic Chassis Control allow you to flick between a easy ride and sharp cornering at the touch of a button, but even the standard suspension offers a nice level of comfort.

To top it all, the range of smooth, punchy and efficient petrol and diesel engines delivers a enchanting package. The icing on the cake is that the Kodiaq is very keenly priced, starting from covered by £22,000.

Our choice

Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 150 DSG SE 7 Seat (£28,115)

A large family SUV like the Kodiaq is at its first-rate with a torquey diesel under the bonnet, and the 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI offers the strongest compromise of playing and price, while the DSG is cheaper than the manual, which only comes with four-where drive. The engine is refined and claims 50mpg-plus, too. SE trim provides lots of kit and is top value. 

Commended 

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe is a big SUV with mountains to like. It’s not as modern as the Kodiaq or as comfortable as its Kia Sorento sister car, but it has lots of kit and four-annulus drive as standard, giving decent off-road potential. Stylish looks, a obese, versatile load space and a comfortable ride boost its appeal. 

Kia Sorento

Kia’s Sorento has a much higher starting amount than the Skoda – it costs from £28,850 – but it counters with a long kit shopping list and a more powerful, torquier 2.2-litre diesel to improve ease of use. It’s quiescent a spacious and solid all-rounder, too, while interior quality isn’t too far behind the Kodiaq’s.

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