2016 Skoda Kodiaq 7-seater SUV price, specs and release date

The near-torturous wait for Skoda’s Kodiaq SUV has finally come to an end at an exclusive launch event in Berlin. These new images are our first official look at what this stylish seven-seat Czech off-roader will look like when it goes on sale following a public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show.

Also released were details of the engines and specifications that will be offered to UK buyers. Read on for full details of this new SUV that Skoda hopes will tempt customers away from the likes of the new Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Ateca.

Numerous spyshots and teaser images gave us a good idea what the Kodiaq will look like but these new images show us the upcoming off-roader in all its glory for the first time. Its angular design and stocky details give it an imposing appearance while numerous styling cues, such as its quad headlights and angular LED brake lights, could feature on future Skodas, too.

The interior boasts a large central touchscreen that comes comprehensively equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink features as standard – top-spec cars also come with a Wi-Fi hotspot, too. A 360-degree camera system is also offered to make manoeuvring in tight spaces as easy as possible.

The Kodiaq’s infotainment system comes with a 6.5-inch display as standard. Customers can, however, upgrade to a larger eight-inch model with a family-oriented microphone feature that can play the driver’s voice through the rear speakers. Sat nav is available on the optional ‘Amundsen’ system while top-spec ‘Columbus’ versions come equipped with a built-in hard drive and a DVD player.

Skoda offers a ‘Phonebox’ feature that can not only charge your phone wirelessly but boost the available signal using the car’s built-in aerial. Automatic emergency braking will be fitted as standard but tow assist – a system that can autonomously reverse the car when fitted with a trailer – and adaptive cruise control are optional extras across the range.

The Kodiaq comes with a generous 720-litre boot with five seats in place – fold all but the front seats away and its load bay grows to a cavernous 2,065 litres. The front passenger seat can be tucked away, too, allowing you to safely stow items up to 2,800mm long – without having to leave the boot open.

The Kodiaq is available with a selection of three petrol engines and two diesel units. The smallest, a 1.4-litre petrol, is offered with either 123 or 148hp while a more powerful 2.0-litre version is available that produces 187hp. The most popular option will probably be a 2.0-litre diesel engine. This unit promises to produce either 148 or 187hp with the less powerful engine returning 56.5mpg.

The Kodiaq is offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or an all-new DSG automatic. The most powerful petrol and diesel engines will both come with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG ‘box as standard. Less powerful versions will be fitted with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox as standard – customers can, however, upgrade to four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox on all but the entry-level 123hp model.

Skoda offers an Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control feature that allows drivers to choose from either comfort, normal or sports driving modes. This optional extra uses electrically operated valves to alter the response of the car’s shock absorbers, stiffening or relaxing the ride as instructed. A dedicated off-road mode is also available on four-wheel drive models for when you’re feeling particularly adventurous.

Entry-level cars with five seats and a 125hp 1.4-litre petrol will cost from £21,495 but you’ll need £23,945 to get into a seven seat version in SE trim. Top-of-the-range Edition models cost £34,895 but the pick of the range looks like the mid-range seven-seat SE L model costing £28,795 in petrol guise or £30,595 with a diesel engine.

If running costs are your main concern, a hybrid model is expected to go on sale in 2019 – it will, however, cost significantly more than a conventional petrol or diesel version.

If this sounds like your ideal SUV, you’ll be able to place an order for a brand new Kodiaq before the end of 2016 – the first round of UK deliveries is expected to take place in early 2017. Read on to see the build up to this exciting new model’s release or read our dedicated Skoda Kodiaq vRS price, specs and release date article for details of an upcoming sportier version.

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Skoda Kodiaq latest news (updated August 2016)

Official images showing the Skoda Kodiaq’s interior have been released, giving us our first chance to check out this eagerly awaited SUV’s cabin before it’s officially launched on 1 September.

No official details accompany these pictures but they do show the new car’s cabin in production-ready spec for the first time. Read on for pictures and full details of the Skoda’s Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento rival.

The basic dashboard shape has been carried over from the Vision S Concept, albeit with a single infotainment screen instead of two. We can see this unit features two control knobs and, rather disappointingly, new on-screen controls – these could prove more difficult to use on the move than conventional physical buttons.

The Kodiaq’s cabin (right) borrows numerous elements from the Superb (left)

The centre console and upper door trims appear to borrow elements from the current Superb but the vertical air vents beside the central display are Kodiaq exclusives. Its seven-seat layout – a first for Skoda – can also be seen for the first time in all its partial leather-trimmed glory.

The rearmost seats can be folded independently or stowed away together to create a completely flat floor with no load lip. The Kodiaq offers an impressive 720-litre load bay with five seats in place but this can be expanded to a cavernous 2,065 litres by folding all but the front two seats down.

The Kodiaq will be officially revealed on 1 September before making a public appearance at the Paris Motor Show in October. Kodiaq order books will reportedly open before the end of 2016 and the first round of UK deliveries is expected to begin in early 2017.

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Skoda Kodiaq price, specs and relesse date (updated August 2016)

New images, courtesy of Czech website Autoforum, show the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq without camouflage for the very first time. The pictures appear to be stills from a promotional film that’s sure to head up the car’s launch on 1 September 2016.

We’ve already had a sneak preview of the Kodiaq’s design thanks to a handful of official teaser images, but the latest pictures are our first chance to see the new car’s bodywork free of a camouflage wrapping.

The finished Skoda Kodiaq (right) compared to a camouflaged prototype (left)

The distinctive large headlights and smaller square fog lights have been carried over from the Vision S Concept, seen at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, as have the contrasting black components fitted to the bumpers, side skirts and wheel arches.

The finished car also boasts the concept’s sleek roofline, subtle rear spoiler and chrome window trims. New spyshots give us an idea what we can expect from the SUV’s interior. Although several features have been disguised, it too takes inspiration from the concept.

Its advanced and, we would have thought, expensive dual touchscreen infotainment system appears to have been dropped in favour of a more conventional single display mounted between two square vents. The centre console, thank god, sports traditional heating and ventilation control knobs, in place of the Vision S Concept’s fiddlier touchscreen, while the instrument binnacle has two analogue dials and a second compact display.

These images are our first look at the new Kodiaq’s cabin…

The dashboard will feature a similar double-hexagon design to the concept car, but thick black plastic sheets covering the majority of the spied car’s interior mean that’s all we can confirm for now.

Unfortunately, the finished car’s dashboard doesn’t feature the concept’s two large touchscreens…

The Skoda Kodiaq will be officially revealed on 1 September 2016 and should go on sale in early 2017. We expect entry level models to cost approximately £23,000 while range-topping models could set you back as much as £33,000.

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Skoda Kodiaq latest news (updated August 2016)

The first official images of Skoda’s eagerly awaited seven-seat SUV, the Kodiaq, have been released. These pictures don’t show the car as a whole but, for the first time, we can clearly see a number of key details without camouflage.

Skoda has confirmed this new car will be officially revealed on 1 September 2016 at a launch event in Berlin. Until then, however, these images give us our best clue as to what the Czech brand’s first SUV will look like.

The large high-mounted grille and angular headlights appear to have been heavily inspired by the recent Vision S Concept car shown further down. The compact fog lights feature a similar square design to this concept and the bonnet wears a set of four creases we’ve previously seen on many models in the Skoda range. The distinctive hook-shaped brake lights will come with LED technology as standard.

Skoda claims the Kodiaq will boast the biggest boot in its class. With five seats in place, it’ll be able to carry an impressive 720 litres of luggage. Fold all but the front seats down, however, and you’ll have access to a colossal 2,065-litre load bay. Items up to 2.9 metres in length can be carried if the front passengers seat is folded away, too.

The Kodiaq will be offered with a range of driver assistance systems including a 360-degree camera that’s capable of displaying a bird’s eye view of your surroundings on the infotainment screen. Additional features will include Tow Assist that can autonomously reverse the car and a trailer into tight spaces and an Emergency Call function that will be automatically activated in the event of a collision.

A pre-production Kodiaq has also been spotted undergoing testing in images courtesy of Magazin Pro Driver CZ. In contrast to previous prototypes, this version wears very little camouflage and shows off the new SUV’s proportions more clearly. The brake lights have, however, been masked to conceal their true shape.

No official details have been released but we expect the Kodiaq to go on sale in early 2017. Entry-level models will probably cost between £23,000 and £24,000 while higher spec versions could set you back as much as £33,000.

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Skoda Kodiaq latest news (updated August 2016)

The official launch of the Skoda Kodiaq is getting ever closer. The Czech brand’s first attempt at a seven-seat SUV will take on the Kia Sorento and Nissan X-Trail when it goes on sale in early 2017. Here’s what we know so far…

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The Vision S Concept (shown) is thought to look very similar to the production Kodiaq

New Skoda Kodiaq styling

We’ve only seen the Kodiaq in the form of heavily disguised prototypes so far – such as the one that ran alongside the 2016 Tour de France. Certain features, however, such as the large clamshell bonnet, appear to echo those already seen on the Skoda Superb.

The rear seems to share the Superb’s large square boot opening and brakelight design – LED units will be standard at the back and optional at the front. The Kodiaq measures 4.7 metres long – very slightly shorter than the Superb.

The production Kodiaq is likely to have a more subdued interior than the Vision S Concept’s (shown)

New Skoda Kodiaq interior

Details about the cabin design remain scarce, but we do know the Kodiaq aims to deliver class-leading passenger space. The middle row of seats feature reclining backrests for added comfort, and it can slide back and forth to accommodate occupants in the optional third row of seats. In five-seat mode, the Kodiaq is expected to offer a whopping 2,065-litre volume with the seats folded away – 83 litres more than the Nissan X-Trail.

New Skoda Kodiaq driving and engines

In addition to the range of petrol and diesel engines – a pair of 2.0-litre diesels and one 2.0-litre petrol are almost certain to feature – a hybrid version will be offered within a couple of years of the Kodiaq’s release. Power for the plug-in model will likely come in the form of the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol/electric motor setup that already sees service in the Volkswagen Golf GTE.

New Skoda Kodiaq specs

As one of the flagships of the Skoda range, expect the Kodiaq to be loaded with all of the latest comfort and safety gadgets. Autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control will all be offered, as will an electrically-operated tailgate and a heated steering wheel.

Like the Superb, the Kodiaq will offer the neat addition of an umbrella mounted in each of the rear doors. In car tech will provide compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, and an inductive charging pad will allow users to wirelessly top up their phone charge.

New Skoda Kodiaq prices and release date

The Skoda Kodiaq is due to go on sale in early 2017, with the first official reveal set for September. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but are expected to start from £23-£24,000.

Skoda Kodiaq latest news (updated July 2016)

Skoda’s eagerly awaited Kodiaq SUV has been driven by the motoring press for the first time, albeit with camouflage to disguise its bodywork. The finished car won’t be shown to the public until August 2016, but read on for full details of everything we know so far…

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The Kodiaq is expected to share many styling features with the Vision S concept car (below) – these new images show it boasts many similar styling features, including the slim headlights, wide grille and boxy SUV proportions.

It’ll be available in both five and seven-seat configurations – the former, Skoda claims, will boast the largest boot capacity in its class. With all seven seats in place, however, its load bay is limited to 270-litres – just 19 more than the compact Skoda Citigo supermini.

Early reports suggest the Kodaiq’s interior is more spacious than both the Hyundai Santa Fe’s and Land Rover Discovery Sport’s – slide the middle seats forward, and two six-foot tall adults can supposedly sit in the optional third row in relative comfort.

Even entry-level models will come as standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system to control many on-board functions. More expensive versions will receive an upgraded 8-inch unit, but both are supposed to feature upmarket graphics and a simple, user-friendly interface.

The Kodiaq will be available as both a two and four-wheel drive model. Customers will be able to choose from a selection of Volkswagen sourced engines, including a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 2.0-litre diesel. It’s possible Skoda will offer a 180hp 2.0-litre petrol engine too, but this unit may be reserved for European markets only.

Skoda hasn’t confirmed how much the Kodaiq will cost when it goes on sale in the UK, but some sources have estimated entry-level, two-wheel drive models with five seats will set you back approximately £24,000.

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Skoda Kodiaq SUV price, specs and release date (updated June 2016)

The release of the new Skoda Kodiaq seven-seat SUV is imminent but, before it officially arrives, the brand has released details about the styling process. Jozef Kabaň, Skoda’s head of design discussed how the new model came to look the way it does.

The main features of the Kodiaq’s interior and exterior styling are the clean lines creating defined three-dimensional shapes. This, says Kabaň, helps give the Kodiaq an unmistakeable presence on the road and continues the styling direction first seen on the handsome Superb saloon and Estate.

In addition, the new car pays homage to the company’s Czech roots with the fitment of headlights inspired by the nation’s traditional crystal glass artwork. This translates – like the Superb – into headlights with cut-glass like elements that reflect the light in a chandelier-like manner.

It’s not only designed to look stylish, however. Skoda has ensured the Kodiaq features a long wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs – the sections fore and aft of the wheels. This design ensures the Kodiaq offers as much interior space as the platform allows but also helps it look planted on the road.

Kabaň is so confident in the car’s design that he claims the Kodiaq will offer the best “overall package” in the class – referring to the relationship between a spacious interior and compact exterior dimensions.

While the Kodiaq is unlikely to get the kind of posh materials that feature on the recently launched Volkswagen Tiguan, Kabaň claims the Kodiaq’s design “makes functionality attractive”. This suggests to us that the Kodiaq will feature clever functional touches – such as the Superb’s umbrellas in the doors – helping make life with it easier.

Skoda Kodiaq latest news (updated March 2016)

Skoda has confirmed its hotly anticipated Kodiaq SUV will be officially revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October 2016. The Vision S concept car from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show (shown above and below) almost certainly previews the new car’s design but we will have to wait until the autumn to see the finished Kodiaq in the metal.

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It is likely that a faster ‘vRS’ version will be launched soon after the standard car, followed by a coupe-styled BMW X4 rival in the next few years. Such a derivative will be targeted more at the Chinese market where sporty SUV coupes have proved to be very popular.

Skoda has confirmed that many traditional SUV characteristics, namely the high driving position, good levels of both visibility and practicality and lots of storage space, will all feature on the new Kodiaq.

If the Vision S interior (shown above) is anything to go by, we should be treated to a cabin full of infotainment screens, although the ultra-minimalist dashboard and glove-box mounted display are unlikely to feature on the finished production model.

It’s also been reported that Skoda is working alongside Volkswagen on a new electric ‘MEB’ chassis. This technology will power a range of new electric cars that are not only capable of over 300 miles between 15-minute charges, but should cost less to buy than then petrol or diesel alternatives.

The Volkswagen Budd-e, shown here, is the first vehicle to use the new MEB electric vehicle platform…

This new tech will almost certainly feature in future Skoda vehicles, including SUVs such as the Kodiaq. It is unlikely, however, that we’ll see an electric off-roader from the Czech manufacturer cruising the roads until 2020 at the earliest.

Skoda Kodiaq SUV – Geneva Motor Show appearance (updated February 2016)

Skoda has now officially revealed the VisionS Concept that will debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show following teaser sketches (below). This SUV directly previews the design of the upcoming Kodiaq seven-seater believed to be based on the same platform as the new Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Ateca.

Skoda says the design “is clearly influenced by Czech Cubism and the tradition of Bohemian crystal art” and describes the lines as being “precise, sharp and clean-cut”. This is also the first Skoda to offer six seats in three rows although it’s likely the production car will have seven.

The new car is powered by a hybrid system using a 1.4-litre petrol engine and electric motor offering a combined output of 225hp. The system also allows more than 30 miles of electric range. Taking power to the front wheels will be a six-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox. It’s very likely that a similar system will appear on the Kodiaq production car considering the system has already been previewed in the TIguan.

The VisionS has three modes of driving – purely electric for zero emissions travel, charging modes so the engine keeps the battery topped up, and full hybrid for maximum performance with both engine and motor working together.

The VisionS previews a range of new Skoda SUVs launching over the next four years, the largest of which – the Kodiaq – will probably be as big as the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Engines could range from a 1.0-litre turbo petrol to a volume selling 2.0-litre diesel.

We expect the first models to hit showrooms at the beginning of 2017. The largest of these – rumoured to be named the Kodiaq. Prices are expected to be less than the £32,395 asked for the Land Rover so an entry-level price of £25,000 is possible.

Skoda Kodiaq SUV – VisionS concept revealed (updated February 2016)

Skoda has revealed a design study called the VisionS. This conceptual drawing is expected to preview the styling of the upcoming Skoda SUV – predicted to be called the Kodiaq. Its styling borrows from the recently launched Skoda Superb, with sharper creases and more aggressive angles than Skodas of old.

The Skoda VisionS concept previews how the Kodiaq SUV could look

Skoda VisionS concept

The Skoda VisionS concept has been previewed ahead of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, further teasing what the brand’s new large SUV will look like in production form.

The VisionS (‘S’ denoting SUV) concept is larger than the Skoda Yeti and will showcase design cues from future models in the Skoda range. Measuring 4,700 long, by 1,910mm wide and with a height of 1,680mm, the VisionS is a sizeable SUV and stacks up well against its rivals including the Nissan Qashqai and the Kia Sorento.

Inside, Skoda claims the VisionS’ interior will be spacious, featuring three rows of seats that will provide plenty of space for seven occupants.

On the outside, the VisionS concept has a sleek design and features clean, sharp lines throughout. At the front, the familiar Skoda grille features prominently and is complimented by a contoured bonnet, a high headlight design and stylised air intakes that give the car a sporting look reminiscent of a Range Rover.

Those lines carry on along the side of the vehicle and continue the entire length of the car, giving it a strong presence overall. Angular wheel arches add an off-road feel to the concept and are filled out nicely with a set of oversized alloys. The latter being a regular concept car feature that’s unlikely to appear on a production vehicle.

At the rear, a diffuser is flanked by a set of large exhaust pipes – this is a feature will only appear on the most powerful versions. The Skoda badge and rear lights sit just beneath the rear window.

Skoda seven-seat SUV (updated December 2015)

New details have emerged about the planned seven-seater SUV that will sit atop the Skoda range. When it arrives, it’ll take on rivals including the Kia Sorento and Land Rover Discovery Sport. Reports suggest it will be called Kodiaq, after the Alaskan brown bear – an improvement over the old ‘Snowman’ name.

Though details about the new model are very limited, we believe the Kodiaq will make use of the versatile MQB Volkswagen-Group platform – the basis for a wide range of cars including Skoda’s own Superb. The Kodiaq’s setup will closely resemble the recently-released second generation Volkswagen Tiguan.

The Kodiaq will use a stretched version of the new VW Tiguan’s platform

Skoda Kodiaq styling

From a styling point of view, the Kodiaq will draw influence from the Superb Estate, re-interpreted into a high-riding off-roader shape. Details including the Superb’s crystal-style headlights, sharply creased flanks and LED brake lights are likely to inspire the new car’s look.

Skoda Kodiaq engines

Considering the relation to the Tiguan, we expect the Kodiaq to use roughly the same petrol and diesel engines. The petrol lineup will feature a 1.4-litre turbo producing 138hp and a pair of 2.0-litre variants offering between 178 to 217hp.

The 2.0-litre diesel unit found in a wide range of Volkswagens, Audis and Skodas will also feature in a couple of power outputs, most likely producing 148hp and 181hp. Efficiency fans might be presented with a plug-in hybrid at a later date.

The Kodiaq is expected to share petrol and diesel engines with the Superb (shown here)

Skoda Kodiaq prices and release date

Prices are yet to be confirmed but, in order to slot into the rest of the Skoda range (and not to encroach on the Tiguan), the Kodiaq will probably cost between £22,000 to £30,000. A full public debut for the new model is expected at the Paris Motor Show in October 2016, with sales beginning shortly after.

Our exclusive image shows roughly what the new seven-seat SUV could look like

Skoda seven-seat SUV (updated September 2015)

We already know Skoda’s planning a new seven-seater SUV (more on that towards the middle of this article), but fresh from the Frankfurt Motor Show grape vine is news that the company is also designing three and five-door SUV Coupes.

The five-door model is expected to be about five meters in length and will feature a new clamshell bonnet, a strong shoulder line just below the windows, and Skoda’s trademark grille flanked by slim-line headlights. They’ll have a striking design inspired by the new Skoda Superb. If pictures circulating the internet are anything to go by, the result will be a car that shares much in common with the new Volvo XC90. As Skoda’s stated aim is to replace Volvo as the go-to alternative premium brand, this could be no accident.

Skoda officials have also said the car will be as spacious inside as the new Superb, which happens to be one of the most capacious hatchbacks currently on sale. Given the SUV’s tall roofline, you can expect its load bay to be even bigger, with a practical shape and a huge opening that would make it perfect for family life.

Price’s for the five-door model are expected to start from under £25,000.

Meanwhile, the three-door model would give Skoda a rival for models such as the Range Rover Evoque. In a similar vein to the Range Rover, it is likely to get a swept back windscreen pillar, a ‘floating’ roof and jazzy touches that will appeal to the younger buyers you would expect the car to be aimed at.

Sadly, Skoda’s unlikely to bring that model to the UK, where its slightly staid image (their words, not ours) would be at odds with a funky three-door off-roader.

Keep reading for all the information we have on Skoda’s seven-seater SUV that could well claim the scalp of the Volvo XC90.

Skoda SUV 2016 latest news

If you’re looking for a seven-seat SUV on a budget, then there isn’t much in the way of choice currently. The two most capable offerings come from Korea: the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento both deliver on the brands’ typical traits of plenty of car for the money, but also style and quality to rival many European cars.

Now though, a third manufacturer is due to enter the market in the form of Skoda. Although it has never produced an SUV larger than the Yeti before, the Czech company has form for creating excellent family cars that are superbly built, and ever more classy. It’s also got plenty of expertise to draw on from across the Volkswagen Group, which has brought us accomplished big SUVs such as the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7.


It is likely that the new Skoda SUV will share many components with the latest Superb, which is available with both two- and four-wheel drive. The Superb’s range of petrol and diesel engines will doubtless feature, too, though expect the smallest 1.6-litre diesel to be deemed too small for a large SUV. The twin-turbocharged 237bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine from the new Volkswagen Passat, on the other hand, would be a perfect fit offering enough power to propel Skoda’s SUV at a decent lick (0-62mph in under 7 seconds should be possible), while returning around 50mpg fuel economy.

Interestingly, Skoda insiders say they’re aiming for Land Rover (read exceptional) levels of off-road ability, something that’s bound to register on the Halewood-based radar of the new Discovery Sport.


From a styling point of view, the new model will likely combine many of the Superb’s contemporary styling cues – such as the bold grille and headlamp units which appear to ‘float’, with subtle hints of the Yeti – such as the chunky wheel arches – thrown in.

Inside, Skoda’s current range tends to be solid and functional rather than thrilling to look at, so expect the same to be the case here, although we would wager on the dashboard being dominated by a large touchscreen display. Both five and seven seat versions are likely to be offered.

New Skoda SUV price and release date

The crucial decider against its rivals from Kia and Hyundai though, might well be the price. Skoda sources say the entry-level model should come in at around £25,000 when it goes on sale in 2016. If that’s the case, it will undercut the Koreans by £2-3,000 and likely shoot to the top of any big-budget-SUV buyer’s shopping list.

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