The Kodiaq range spans upper-level crossover territory at its lower end and premium-brand medium-sized SUV territory at its upper one, and with seven seats a £1000 option on mid-spec SE cars, there will be a version for almost any requirement.

The entry-level S grade is offered with front drive and a 123bhp 1.4 TSI petrol engine only. Those who choose this sub-£22k entry point get 17in alloy wheels and touchscreen infotainment with DAB radio and smartphone mirroring.

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In seven-seat configuration, load bay is 630 litres and 720 if you don’t bother with the third row. Either way, it’s bigger than an X-Trail’s boot

SE trim gives access to a broader range of engines and transmissions, as well as 18in alloy wheels, cruise control, upgraded infotainment and dual-zone climate control, all from less than £23,000. A DSG-equipped, front-wheel-drive 2.0 TDI 150 SE undercuts an equivalent X-Trail by £2000 after you’ve accounted for the Skoda’s optional seven seats.

SUV devotees are likely to love the electric childlocks, always-on 4G wi-fi and extra-large Sleep Package headrests that the car can be optioned with.

This is also the first Skoda to be offered with a trailer assist system that uses cameras to automatically steer a caravan or trailer during tricky reverse parking.

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Our advice would be to stick with the more functional Kodiaq than a more luxurious version, so we would opt for the 2.0-litre TDI 150 4x4 SE in seven seat form and add the Colombus infotainment system.

As for fuel economy, the Kodiaq offers more good news: nearly 50mpg on our touring test and an average of 37.2mpg, giving a real-world range of close to 500 miles.

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