Skoda Kodiaq interior

The Skoda Kodiaq’s dashboard is smartly designed and easy to use, but it doesn’t get the same high-tech features as the VW Tiguan.

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The dashboard's solidly built – the shiny section left of the infotainment hides a second glove box

The Skoda Kodiaq interior is of good quality and feels well-built. The dashboard, doors and centre console are all covered in nice soft-touch plastics, while the seats – trimmed in suede-like Alcantara on high-spec SE L models – are supportive and help make the interior feel genuinely upmarket.

Everything is pretty easy to operate, too, as you’re not faced with a huge number of buttons; and, the knobs for the ventilation system and stereo volume are easy to operate when you’re on the move.

The standard infotainment system is operated through an 8-inch touchscreen, which is flanked by two banks of shortcut buttons and a pair of neat vertical air vents, while the gloss black wood-effect dashboard trims look great – even if they’ll scratch easily over time.

However, it’s not all good news: the second digital display in the instrument cluster looks significantly more dated – think Game Boy rather than iPad – and some materials in the rear feel brittle and cheap; but, in both cases, this is nit-picking.

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Infotainment

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Entry-level Skoda Kodiaq SE cars come with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. It’s sharp, bright and easy to read, and comes with a set of handy shortcut buttons to stop you getting lost in a sea of menus. Unfortunately, these buttons don’t buzz or click when you press them so you’ll have to occasionally take your eyes off the road to make sure you’re hitting the right ones.

A neat proximity sensor displays extra on-screen buttons when it detects your hand nearing the screen. This is especially useful when you’re using the built-in satellite navigation on SE L cars – it’ll flash up petrol station icons when you reach for the screen and hide them away automatically so you can see the map more clearly.

The standard sat-nav can rapidly calculate three route choices at once and you can swipe and pinch to zoom to preview its directions – just like using a smartphone. Unfortunately, the screen’s glossy finish shows up grubby finger marks like nothing else.

Happily, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity to mirror your smartphone’s navigation on the built-in infotainment screen is standard on all Kodiaqs.

High-spec SE L models come with a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system while top-spec Edition versions have a wireless smartphone charging feature that’ll also boost your phone signal.

Unfortunately, if you like to stream music from your phone, the standard stereo just isn’t up to scratch. The Skoda Kodiaq’s Bluetooth connection makes your music sounds tinny and bassless – things sound much better when you connect your phone using the USB port. Upgrade to the Canton sound system and you’ll be rewarded with much clearer and bassier tunes.

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