Hard to find fault with any aspect of Skoda’s new SUV, the Kodiaq 

Skoda Kodiaq: buckets of room.
Skoda Kodiaq: buckets of room.

There’s a word in the Galwegian vocabulary, not often used elsewhere, that describes all things good and that word is ‘Mighty’. To describe the new Skoda Kodiaq as such is certainly apt. Here is a car that answers all the questions and gives the customers everything that could be asked from a big SUV.

It may be a tad plain in its looks but it has a certain charisma, plus, you get buckets of interior space that matches its huge frame. It also handles better than most big SUVs in its class and has an ambience that is akin to something far more expensive. And, value for money is just one other good reason to take a look at the Kodiaq.

My test model was their competent 2.0-litre 150hp 4×4 version in Style trim with a seven-speed automatic gearbox that delivers power and presence in equal measure. This is the top-of-the-range model and with an asking price of €40,395 it is full value for what you get in terms of specification and capability.

You can also get it with a 1.4-litre petrol engine that should not be sniffed at with a starting price of €28,795. That brings the Kodiaq into the realms of more compact SUVs and while it is ordinary enough in terms of specification and trim, it means that a Kodiaq comes within a reasonably affordable price range.

The price of the test car includes an additional €1,000 for seven seats and €1,400 for the Style+ Pack that gives you a panoramic sunroof, an electric tailgate and a media holder. You get loads of luggage space with the rear row folded and all the technology that we expect from modern motor. Some of the highlights are the keyless entry and engine start system, the touch screen radio and navigation system and the phone connectivity applications with Mirror Link.

For more,  read this week’s Connacht Tribune.