The 2020 Skoda Kodiaq is a seven-seater SUV with a small footprint, which makes it a good choice for families with parking and space considerations.
Does this come at a cost though? Let's find out as we put it through our BabyDrive testing…
Being a smaller seven-seat SUV the interior space is compromised. We could fit three child seats across the second-row seat: A rear-facing child seat, a basic booster seat and a forward-facing car seat. Space is tight so you will need to check your three seats will fit.
There are top tether anchorages on the back of all three second-row seats and ISOFix in the two outer seats. There are no top tether anchorages or ISOFix points in the third-row seats.
We found with child seats installed in the second row of seats, legroom in the first and third-rows are minimal. With a rear-facing child seat in the second-row, a 180cm driver can just fit in front of it but I could not sit in the third-row behind it and I am only 162cm, my knees were up around my ears!
Accessing the third-row seats is also worth thinking about too if you want to use this as a seven-seater every day. With three child seats in the second row, you can't access the third-row without uninstalling a child seat.
The other consideration is the boot space, which I thought wouldn't be very practical BUT actually, it is VERY good! Even when using all seven-seats you can fit a twin side-by-side pram in the boot, with a wheel removed, and a couple of shopping bags too! Even much bigger seven-seater SUV's I have tested can't fit this!
From empty, the boot will hold seven shopping bags when using all seven seats, which is bigger than the VW Tiguan Allspace, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CR-V and Kia Sorento that will all hold five shopping bags. The Peugeot 5008 which will hold four bags and the Mazda CX-8 which will hold six shopping bags.
Inside the interior is functional and with some nice Skoda design features too.
Like the umbrellas tucked into the doors!
A torch in the wall of the boot, perfect for when you are searching around in the boot for your kid's favourite toy!!
Window blinds built into the rear door, perfect for keeping little ones shaded from the sun while you are driving! No more trapping jumpers into the window!!
Within the media screen, you can adjust the interior background lighting colour! My daughter LOVED this feature and it was great fun choosing a colour each day to match her outfit!!
There are no aircon vents in the third-row which is not very good for the passengers, especially in the Australian climate. In the second row, there are air vents and controls in the back of the central console box and these can be controlled and locked in the media screen which is a really good feature.
On the screen in front of the driver, you get a great seatbelt visual for all three rows and you can see your fuel distance to empty too which are both great BabyDrive features.
The media system is really nice and clear, simple and modern to use.
It has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also.
The reversing camera image is lovely and clear and crisp, with different views available and the ability to mute the parking sensors on the left of the screen.
Storage is good throughout the 2020 Skoda Kodiaq, in the front, there are two cup holders, cordless phone charging well. A good size glove box, net storage and practical door bins.
In the second row, there are map pockets, two cup holders and well-sized door bins…
…and a third-row cup and phone holder.
The 2020 Skoda Kodiaq is a nice car to drive with good visibility, surprisingly practical boot storage, a great media system and great as an occasional seven-seater family SUV. It is a little less practical as an everyday seven-seater due to the third-row access and legroom when using child seats. See how the Kodiaq stacks up against all its competitors in the giant seven-seat comparison we did with Carsales!
The 2020 Skoda Kodiaq scored a five-star ANCAP crash test rating.
Six airbags come as standard in the 2020 Skoda Kodiaq and the side curtain airbags extend to the third-row occupants.