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
The Skoda Kodiaq interior looks smart 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 top-spec SE L models – are supportive and help make the interior feel genuinely high-class.
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 a 6.5-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.
SE models have a big infotainment screen that's really nice and easy to use, and has pretty fast processing speeds
Entry-level Skoda Kodiaq S cars come with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, but you’ll be much better off with the larger eight-inch version fitted to SE cars and above.
The 8-inch screen’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.
If you’d rather not pay £755 for the upgraded sat-nav system on SE models, you can use the standard-fit Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity to mirror your smartphone’s navigation on the built-in infotainment screen – even on entry-level S models.
High-spec SE L models come with a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system while top-spec Edition version have a wireless smartphone charging feature that’ll also boost your phone signal. It’s a £275 option on SE L models and worth having if your smartphone supports it.
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 £400 Canton sound system and you’ll be rewarded with much clearer and bassier tunes.