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Skoda Kodiaq review - Interior & comfort

“The Skoda Kodiaq’s interior is one of the biggest areas of improvement, with a little more flair, quality and useful features”

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4.3 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

4.5 out of 5

Skoda hasn’t gone for groundbreaking or innovative interior design, but has instead focused on improving quality and usability through simple, but effective solutions. There’s a little more flair compared with the cabin of the outgoing Kodiaq, though, and we like the brand’s new ‘Smart Dials’, which help retain a good balance of physical and virtual controls.

Is the Skoda Kodiaq’s infotainment and navigation system easy to use?

While it doesn’t get the 15-inch screen of the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Skoda Kodiaq uses a 13-inch infotainment screen that we think is substantial enough and is clear and crisp. The menus are simple, but easy to navigate, and the sat-nav system is intuitive and easy to follow. The configurable shortcut buttons are a little small, but easy enough to use while driving.

Thankfully there’s no annoying touch-sensitive panel underneath for the climate controls and volume in the Kodiaq – instead, the brand has implemented its ‘Smart Dials’ which are also found in the latest Superb. These are physical dials which can change function by pushing the face, meaning you don’t have to have a million controls cluttering the dash, but still get the benefit of intuitive physical controls. Our only gripe with them is that they don’t feel very solid – instead, they’re a little cheap to the touch.

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Ahead of the driver, there’s a 10.25-inch display which is clear to use, though the map readout is a little lower resolution than that of the main infotainment screen.

Is the Skoda Kodiaq well equipped?

Skoda’s ethos is to offer good value for money, and the Kodiaq feels well-equipped as a result. Entry-level SE cars get niceties you might not expect, like heated front seats and wireless smartphone charging. For now the only other trim is the SE L which brings a few extras like larger wheels, adaptive LED matrix headlights, leather upholstery and a powered tailgate. We think SE is well equipped enough for most buyers, however. Later in 2024, a Sportline trim will arrive above this as well as the hot vRS flagship model.

Key features

SE

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated front seats
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Three-zone climate control
  • 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster
  • 13-inch infotainment screen
  • LED headlights
  • Auto-dimming, power-folding heated wing mirrors
  • Lane assist
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Blind spot detection
  • Driver alertness monitor
  • DAB radio
  • Voice control
  • Cruise control
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Keyless start/stop

SE L

(SE plus…)

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Dark chrome exterior trim
  • LED matrix adaptive headlights
  • LED rear lights
  • Leather or faux leather upholstery
  • Electrically adjustable driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support
  • Variable boot floor
  • Keyless entry and start/stop
  • Powered tailgate
  • Privacy glass
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Which Is Best?

Cheapest

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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