Test drive: Škoda’s high-spec diesel version reminds us that core Kodiaq recipe is solid

This expensive new option will please will please some, but it won’t be for everyone when the basic Kodiaq is already so good

The new diesel Kodiaq has a starting price of €55,765, or €58,665 in the moodier Sportline specification pictured here

The Škoda Kodiaq is the company’s sensible family SUV, on sale in Ireland since 2017. A nip and tuck is due later this year, but before that we’ve had the chance to try out a new version, one that sits between the prosaic models that most people buy and the high-performance Kodiaq RS at the top of the tree.

At the heart of the new model is the Volkswagen Group’s overhauled 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. ...