Skoda’s latest Kodiaq has more presence, but still no hybrid options

Seven seats are standard in this large SUV, yet many will use it as a spacious five-seater with a large boot, and it’s exceptional in this format

The new Skoda Kodiaq: The starter-spec model is the Active at €41,685

In hindsight, it’s rather strange that Skoda, a brand associated with clever solutions to everyday motoring, never made a people carrier. Most mainstream manufacturers had or still have an MPV in their range but, having never had one, Skoda is unlikely to need one now.

SUVs have taken over from MPVs as the family mover of choice and Skoda is well represented in this regard. Although it’s relatively new, the Skoda Kodiaq has actually been ...