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The Top Gear car review:Skoda Kodiaq
For:Versatile cabin, aggressive pricing, quality cockpit and tech
Against: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.