Skoda Kodiaq PHEV brings 75-mile electric range for £41,935

Skoda head of design Oliver Stefani said the second-generation SUV has been designed according to the principle of ‘form follows function’, adding: “The design not only emphasises practicality but also enhances the aerodynamics with its dynamic shape.”

In fact, the blocky new look belies the “major aerodynamic advancements” achieved via the sloping roofline, active cooling shutters, sleek new mirrors, a chunky rear wing and cleaner-lined bumpers. Skoda claims a drag coefficient of 0.282 for the new car.

The design overhaul accompanies a “moderate but effective” increase in overall dimensions. Measuring 61mm longer than its predecessor and with a wheelbase of 2791mm, the new Kodiaq offers more space for each passenger while boosting load capacity in the boot. 

Skoda claims passengers in the optional third row of seats now have an increased, 920mm of head room, and even behind the rearmost seats, luggage capacity is pegged at 340 litres – a 70-litre increase. The five-seat car benefits from a 75-litre boost to offer 910 litres with the rear seats in place. 

Meanwhile, the cockpit area – revealed last month and largely shared with the new Skoda Superb – plays host to a redesigned control suite that majors on tidiness and ease of use. There is a 10.0in digital gauge cluster, an optional head-up display and a new free-standing touchscreen – measuring either 10.0in or 13.0in – for control of most vehicle functions. However, Skoda points to three new physical ‘smart dials’ ahead of the centre console as the headline introduction for the new Kodiaq’s cabin. 

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