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Skoda’s fortunes have dramatically changed over the last decade or so since being adopted within the VW Group. Cars such as the mid-size Octavia and the bigger Superb with its limousine-type spaciousness and comfort have found willing customers in markets that once eluded this historic marque.


The latest offering from Kodiaq is a handsome and amply-sized SUV that’s as highly competent when going off the beaten track as it is traversing normal road surfaces. With a choice of petrol and diesel engines, front- or all-wheel drive and as a five- or seven-seater, the biggest Skoda yet presents itself as a formidable contender in a massively growing market.


Skoda Kodiaq SE L PHOTO © M.BOBBIT


many seven-seaters, are essentially for occasional use or accommodating children. The boot, with the third row of seats folded, is exceptionally commodious, and the remote-opening tailgate and keyless entry enhance convenience. The dashboard and central console are well laid out, the controls easy


to use and the instrumentation clear and concise.


The four-cylinder turbodiesel is responsive, quiet and never feels stressed, even when the vehicle is fully laden. The automatic transmission with its seamless gear changes adds to the charm. The Kodiaq SUV is Skoda’s biggest car, and though its styling and presence is arguably understated, it has everything to rival not only the German opposition but also the like of Jeep, Land Rover and the top Far Eastern brands. What’s more,


the


umbrellas fitted into the front doors reflect Skoda’s design thoroughness.


Kodiaq SE L specification: fuel economy 49.6mpg (41mpg on test); top speed 129mph, 151g/km emissions. Price from £33,260 plus options.


Kodiaq,s interior PHOTO © M.BOBBIT


I’ve been testing the upper range 2.0 litre turbodiesel SE L model which comes with seven seats as standard, four-wheel drive and seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. Not only is the Kodiaq a fine performer with nicely


compliant


suspension to give an excellent ride, the steering is light yet precise while handling and road holding is so efficient to make the car untiring to drive. All this is helped by comfortable seats, generous space both at the front and rear, and two folding seats aft which, while offering more room than


INFO@THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK Honda Civic


Two other new cars include the 10th generation Honda Civic and Suzuki’s 3rd


PHOTO © SUZUKI


four-wheel drive. Some clever redesigning of the car has provided for increased interior space, more comfort and a bigger boot. Technology is to the fore with the addition of a mild hybrid feature which aids fuel economy. I will be writing more about these cars in due course.


Malcolm Bobbitt www.wheelspinautomedia.co.uk


17 AUGUST 2017 ISSUE 417 PAGE 38


generation Swift. The restyled Civic is longer and wider than before to provide for greater passenger space and comfort. Completely new is a three-cylinder 1.0 litre petrol engine which is punchy in manual mode but somewhat breathless when mated to automatic transmission. The four- cylinder 1.5 litre is more refined, plus there’s a diesel option that’s soon to be introduced. The new Swift also has a three- cylinder 1.0 litre engine, which is available with five-speed manual or six-speed transmissions. There’s also a 1.2 litre four- cylinder version, which has the option of


Suzuki Swift 2017 PHOTO © SUZUKI


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