2022 Skoda Kodiaq Style (car review)

The 2022 Skoda Kodiaq Style is the entry level that is anything but. Loaded up with optional technology and luxury packages, this version of the car maker’s flagship 7-seater is truly impressive.

From your first glance at the outside, you’ll also wonder how much room seven people will have inside, as it looks relatively compact. But as we know, looks can be deceiving, and this car is no exception to that prevailing theme.

From the moment you sit in the driver’s seat, it impresses you in every way. Firstly, the space is something else. We rounded up our crew of mates on a Friday night and gave them the challenge of fitting in the car and feeling comfortable, in return for a ride home.

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With six grown men in the car, we had fears, but all of them were impressed, once buckled in. The room in the first two rows is ample, with plenty of space in the middle seats. Even the third row occupant still had decent room.

Once on the road, it was time to show off. We quickly found a parallel spot and proceeded to show the boys how this car can literally park itself. Remembering this is the entry level model makes this feature a real surprise.

2022 Skoda Kodiaq Style
2022 Skoda Kodiaq Style

Next up, it was time to change the ambience of the car by messing with the 10 different interior light colours. There’s also an auto option, which changes the mood based on the selected driving mode.

We tested out the heated second row seating too, along with the fronts, and the steering wheel. We also deployed the front and rear air con via the completely digital display. There’s an air purification system too, designed to filter out pollen and nasties.

The attention to detail quickly wowed our passengers. Skoda have done a lot with this car to make sure you feel special. Cruising home we also put the adaptive cruise control to the test.

The system was really on point at keeping the car at the right speed under acceleration and braking, and in the middle of the lane too. Adaptive chassis control features too, providing you add the optional tech pack, which adjusts ride firmness based on driving modes.

Those include Eco and Comfort mode, which do make the car feel a little under powered and slow off the mark, but it’s good for fuel economy. Normal mode has a more regular driving feel, but Sport is where it’s at, and boy is it impressive.

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Inside the 2022 Skoda Kodiaq Style

It gave the car a new life. You honestly struggle to believe that the same car you drove in Eco mode is what it evolves into in Sport mode. Acceleration is punchy, the suspension is firm, yet poised through the corners. It’s enough to make you forget it’s a 7-seat SUV.

There is an Individual mode too, where you can customise your settings, and a Snow setting for those winter trips to Jindabyne. An Off Road button enables automatic hill descent, as well as a bunch of monitors for tyre angle, altitude, and a compass.

The engine in the Skoda Kodiaq is a 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol unit, connected to a permanent all-wheel drive platform via a 7 speed DSG gearbox. It outputs 132kW of power and 320Nm of torque, pacing to 100km/h in 8.4 seconds.

It has a top speed of 204km/h and returns fuel economy numbers somewhere around 8.2-litres/100km. What makes this car cool though is the little things it offers, like a rubber guard that folds out automatically when the door is opened to protect it.

There’s an optional fold away tow bar, you can close the boot from the key, it has cornering lights, brilliant parking sensors and full 360-degree surround view monitor. The main instrument cluster is digital and has a decent set of different layouts to suit everyone.

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Inside the 2022 Skoda Kodiaq Style

We particularly liked the GPS map with our two main dials overlaid for everyday use. Leather seats (courtesy of that luxury pack) are surprisingly good and the memory function adds a little hint of high end motor vehicle to its feel. The sound system is great too.

The Skoda Kodiaq Style starts from $53,990 drive away (depending on your colour choice – see below). Adding the Technology and Luxury packages pushes that up to $63,660 – again, drive away. It’s a proper fun SUV to drive, with a wide set of capabilities.

It can function as a long distance cruiser, back road bandit or a respectable off roader. It really is a car to suit everyone’s needs. It comes with a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty and is available six colours.

These include Energy Blue, Moon White Metallic, Lava Blue Metallic, Graphite Grey Metallic, Brilliant Silver Metallic and Black Magic Pearlescent. You can build your own on the Skoda Australia website. If you’re keen to own one, and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was provided by Skoda Australia. To find out more about the 2022 Skoda Kodiaq Style, talk to your local Skoda dealer.

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Inside the 2022 Skoda Kodiaq Style

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
8
Exterior styling
7
Interior look and feel
7.5
Technology and connectivity
8
Family friendliness
9
Value for money
8

SUMMARY

Pros - value for money; technology packed; ready for any family.
Cons - un-painted lower panels; some of the optional extras should be standard.
Dylan Swan
Dylan Swan
IT specialist who loves all things adventure and anything with wheels. Someone who loves a challenge and saying yes to new opportunities.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> value for money; technology packed; ready for any family.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> un-painted lower panels; some of the optional extras should be standard.2022 Skoda Kodiaq Style (car review)