This car will further fuel that thought. Skoda's Kodiaq is a family-sized sport utility, confidently launched into a crowded market place including such vehicles as Land Rover's Discovery Sport, Volkswagen's Tiguan, Audi's Q5 and BMW's X3. It's on sale now, with first deliveries in April, priced between £21,495 for a petrol two-wheel-drive base-spec model, to £34,895 for the fully loaded, turbodiesel 4x4, automatic.
Standard specification is pretty good, with the base S spec having 17-in wheels, air con, electrically heated and adjustable mirrors, a touch screen, DAB radio and city emergency braking. The next level adds 18in wheels, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a better class of sounds. SE L gets 19in wheels, powered tailgate, seven seats, sat nav and Alcantara upholstery with heated front seats. The Edition spec tested here adds leather upholstery, roof rails, lane assist, automatic headlamp dipping and wireless phone charging.
Kodiaq is a size above the Yeti, over half a metre longer and 40mm longer than the Octavia family hatchback. Nominally a five seater, it has an optional two additional seats in a third row, which fold out from the boot floor. That gives it more just-in-case appeal than much of the opposition, which is in keeping with Skoda's aim of providing thoughtful practicality. So Kodiaq's doors, for example, have automatically deployable edge guards, which protect the paintwork when they are flung open by careless children. There are lots of USB charge slots front and rear and even a 240 volt inverter charging plug in the back.