Skoda Kodiaq has lots of 'Volkswagen-ness' - fuss-free and easy to drive though a little unexciting

When the doors of the Skoda Kodiaq open, plastic strips snap out to protect the edges and prevent doors from denting cars parked beside it.
When the doors of the Skoda Kodiaq open, plastic strips snap out to protect the edges and prevent doors from denting cars parked beside it.PHOTO: SKODA CENTRE SINGAPORE, TOH YONG CHUAN
When the doors of the Skoda Kodiaq open, plastic strips snap out to protect the edges and prevent doors from denting cars parked beside it.
When the doors of the Skoda Kodiaq open, plastic strips snap out to protect the edges and prevent doors from denting cars parked beside it.PHOTO: SKODA CENTRE SINGAPORE, TOH YONG CHUAN

The Skoda Kodiaq is fuss-free and easy to pilot

The Skoda Kodiaq is named after the Kodiak - a large brown bear found in Alaska. Skoda calls the car "a bear at your command".

But size-wise, it does not quite qualify as a Kodiak. It is, in fact, slightly smaller than a compact sport utility vehicle like the popular Toyota Harrier, but has a longer wheelbase.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline 'Skoda's Kodiaq moment'. Print Edition | Subscribe