Unlike any other model from Skoda’s past, the Kodiaq is big, rides high and seats up to 7 occupants. Its interior design and layout, however, is a familiar affair and that’s a good thing. Like the Superb and the new Octavia, the cabin is pretty well rounded with well layered and low-set dash and clever use of lighter materials. The steering wheel, instrument panel and the climate control stack are all shared with the Superb. What’s unique to the Kodiaq are the vertical elements such as the four large air vents. The gear lever, too, is different and is nice and chunky to hold.
Despite the fairly wide cabin, the ergonomics are spot-on, with plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment to get comfortable. The control stalks behind the wheel and the climate control switches are within easy reach. The Kodiaq’s storage game is pretty strong, too, with twin glove boxes, a large storage bin under the front armrest and equally practical door pockets.
Placed right in the middle of the dash is the 8-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system. Featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the system is crisp, clean and is paired to a 12-speaker high-end sound system which is easily the best in this segment. Speaking of leading the class, the Kodiaq is loaded to the boot when it comes to equipment and safety – you get nine airbags, ABS, ESP, traction control, panoramic sunroof, electric tailgate, parking sensors all around, ambient lighting and electric front seats. All of that is standard affair in this class, but what’s unique in here are some of the clever features including drowsiness alert, hands free parking and pop-out plastic strips that veer out to protect the door edges when you open them. What’s more, the sound system includes microphones up front that are meant to pick up the occupant’s voice and relay it through the speakers to make conversations easier above road and wind noise.
Those large side windows, the far-reaching windscreen and the panoramic sunroof contribute to the Kodiaq’s airy ambience. The front seats are nice and big and the cushioning is spot on, too. Similarly, the rear bench is quite roomy with a great deal of under-thigh support. However, the cushioning here is a tad firm and the seatback isn’t as deeply sculpted as the front. The bench has a 40:20:40 split feature and it can be moved back and forth by up to 180mm for variable legroom needs. Surprisingly enough, the bench doesn’t tumble forward which means getting into the third row is bit of a squeeze. As for the space in here, it’s good enough only for a couple of kids - the combination of a high floor and low seat means you end up sitting in a cramped manner with your knees locked in.
With all three rows up, the Kodiaq’s 270-litre boot is impressive and fully usable. With the third row folded flat, the boot is a lot more capacious at 630-litres but it’s when you put the second row down as well, that you realise how big and practical the Kodiaq’s 2,005-litre storage is.