Skoda's Kodiaq 2.0 gets smart

The Kodiaq drives more like a sporty hatchback than an SUV, with quick and sharp steering. Its start button is located on the steering column (left), where the ignition key usually goes, and its doors are equipped with door edge protection - a plasti
The Kodiaq drives more like a sporty hatchback than an SUV, with quick and sharp steering. Its start button is located on the steering column, where the ignition key usually goes, and its doors are equipped with door edge protection - a plastic strip which pops out when the door is opened and retracts when it is closed.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR
The Kodiaq drives more like a sporty hatchback than an SUV, with quick and sharp steering. Its start button is located on the steering column (left), where the ignition key usually goes, and its doors are equipped with door edge protection - a plasti
The Kodiaq drives more like a sporty hatchback than an SUV, with quick and sharp steering. Its start button is located on the steering column (above), where the ignition key usually goes, and its doors are equipped with door edge protection - a plastic strip which pops out when the door is opened and retracts when it is closed.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR
The Kodiaq drives more like a sporty hatchback than an SUV, with quick and sharp steering. Its start button is located on the steering column (left), where the ignition key usually goes, and its doors are equipped with door edge protection - a plasti
The Kodiaq drives more like a sporty hatchback than an SUV, with quick and sharp steering. Its start button is located on the steering column, where the ignition key usually goes, and its doors are equipped with door edge protection - a plastic strip which pops out when the door is opened and retracts when it is closed.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

Skoda's Kodiaq 2.0 has seven seats, nine airbags and innovative features which no competitor has

When an automaker has a tagline which says Simply Clever, it had better deliver on it. Because it is simply too easy to spot an empty promise on wheels.

As it turns out, the first Skoda to land here after a four-year absence - the Kodiaq compact seven-seat crossover - is rather clever.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2018, with the headline 'Get smart'. Print Edition | Subscribe