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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Skoda Kodiaq

Overall verdict
A Top Gear award winner in 2016, and rightly so – Skoda’s big crossover is all things to all families.


Versatile cabin, aggressive pricing, quality cockpit and tech


Erm… the petrol version isn’t worth looking at, we suppose


What is it?

A seven-seat crossover that’ll bring another load of buyers into the Czech firm’s dealers. You can have it with 4x4 and there’s decent ground clearance, 2.5-tonne towing capacity and an off-road mode. But it looks more like an estate car. It’ll do pretty much the same family duty as a Nissan X-Trail or Kia Sorento.

A Land Rover Discovery Sport is in the frame and is the most desirable, if expensive rival, and has more off-road chops. It looks big, but that’s a deception. A lowish roof stretches it visually. It’s actually only 4cm longer than an Octavia estate. So it isn’t intimidatingly bulky for urban school-run work or multi-storey car parks.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 BiTDI 239 vRS 4x4 5dr DSG [7 Seat]
7.0s 167g/km 44.1 239 £41,985
The cheapest
1.4 TSI S 5dr
10.5s 139g/km 46.3 125 £22,495
The greenest
2.0 TDI Edition 5dr DSG [7 Seat]
10.0s 131g/km 56.5 150 £34,390
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