The Kodiaq’s interior design and layout has a whiff of Skoda’s other premium models and that’s not a bad thing at all. Like the Superb and the Octavia, chrome highlights and light coloured materials wrap around the dash, while a generous centre console and a large touchscreen infotainment system are visual draws. The three-spoke steering wheel, instrument panel and the climate control stack are all shared with the Superb. What’s unique to the Kodiaq though are the vertical elements such as the four large air vents. The gear lever, too, is different and is nice and chunky to hold. It’s not all perfect though, as despite the flagship nature of the Kodiaq, it isn’t as special as it should be when it comes to common switchgear. The cabin may seem wide at first but the ergonomics are spot-on, with plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment. The control stalks behind the wheel and the climate control switches are within easy reach, as well. The Kodiaq scores high when it comes to storage options, with twin glove boxes, a large storage bin under the front armrest and equally practical door pockets.
The black and beige trim, the far-reaching windscreen and the panoramic sunroof contribute to the Kodiaq’s airy ambience. The front seats are nice and big and they let you sink in comfortably. Thanks to their generous size, there’s good thigh support although we would have liked some more lateral support. Rear seat passengers unarguably have the best deal, with excellent legroom (though not as good as the Superb) and shoulder room. There is enough room for an adult to stretch their feet out and sink into the seat. 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 acceptable 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.
Even with all the seats up, the Kodiaq’s 270-litre boot is fully usable. With the third row folded flat, it’s 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. What’s more, the loading lip on the boot is at a good height, and the tailgate itself is electrically powered, making the whole deal all the more convenient.