The power of seven
Skoda is hoping to shake up the sub-$50,000 seven-seat SUV segment with the recent arrival of its Kodiaq.
Key to the Toyota Kluger-rivalling wagon’s pitch is a swag of equipment designed to cement it as a value proposition. Priced from $42,990, it includes low-speed emergency braking, tyre-pressure monitoring, smart-key entry, radar cruise control, powered tailgate, sat-nav and all-wheel drive (most rivals charge extra for 4WD).
There are also some family-friendly features, including small plastic shields that automatically pop out to protect the upper edge of the doors when they’re opened, as well as umbrellas built into the front doors, and the ability to activate the rear child locks from up front.
For now the Kodiaq is only available with a 132kW/320Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, but a 140kW/400Nm four-cylinder turbo diesel arrives late this year.