We drive the middle-of-the-range, sporty-yet-nice, Skoda Kodiaq Sportline seven-seat SUV.

What we love
  • Balance of style and sportiness
  • High-quality interior with brilliant seats
  • Spacious in the second row, space enough in the third

What we don’t
  • Safety gear is on the options list
  • Interior design isn’t the most contemporary
  • Gives you a reason not to buy the RS

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Is the Skoda Kodiaq a good car?

The Skoda Kodiaq is one of our favourites here at Drive.

It’s a 5+2-seater SUV that’s sized just right for Australian conditions. By that I mean able to gracefully navigate the big smoke – tight carparks and all – as well as perform out on an open country road.

It’s well sized, well powered, and recently updated for 2022. If you’re interested in our thoughts on the entry-level Skoda Kodiaq Style and fast-paced Skoda Kodiaq RS, click here.

If not, read on to discover the updated 2022 Skoda Kodiaq Sportline – the only car we didn’t drive at the launch.

It sits in the middle of the three-variant range and starts from $57,990 drive-away (nationally), some $5000 more than the entry-level Skoda Kodiaq Style that’s worth $52,990 drive-away.

Aside from wholly painted lower body cladding, 20-inch wheels, and epic Matrix LED headlights, it also gets an excellent progressive (and sporty) steering set-up and a few overall drive modes to go with it.

Consider it an ever-so-minor performance tweak alongside a whole heap of sports-skewed vanity extras – just what the crowd wants.

Options include a $2900 Tech Pack that adds variable suspension stiffness with off-road mode, an excellent 12-speaker Canton sound system, and foot-operated standard-fit electric tailgate.

There’s also a Luxury Pack for $3700 that adds heated and ventilated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, 360-degree parking camera, three-zone climate control, and a few other things too.

Finally, swapping the awesome faux-suede Suedia trim for leather costs $1900, and a panoramic sunroof is $1900. It means a fully optioned car will cost north of $60,000, so be careful with the options.

Let’s see what it’s like to drive.

Key details 2022 Skoda Kodiaq Sportline
Price $57,990 drive-away
Colour of test car Magic Black pearl
Options Luxury Pack – $3700
– Lane assist
– Blind-spot monitoring
– Heated front and rear seats
– Surround area view camera
– Electrically adjustable passenger seat
– Traffic jam and emergency assist
– Rear cross-traffic alert
– Tri-zone climate control
Opening panoramic sunroof – $1900
Metallic paint – $770
Price as tested $64,360 drive-away
Rivals Kia Sorento | Mitsubishi Outlander | Toyota Kluger

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What is the Skoda Kodiaq like inside?

The first thing that grabs you are those epic sports seats.

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With their fixed headrests and faux-harness loops they look pretty cool, but more importantly they’re incredibly comfortable to sit in. The front driver’s seat is electronically adjustable, with four-way lumbar support and two-position memory as standard.

If you opt for the Luxury Pack, you get electric adjustment, electric lumbar and two-position memory for the passenger side too. The rest of the cabin is pretty much as before, with new and improved tech touchpoints everywhere.

One includes the new and improved digital gauge cluster, another the wireless smartphone connection, a wireless phone charger, and the ability to lock and unlock the car from all four exterior doorhandles – making accessing inside easy.

It doesn’t mean Skoda has forgotten any smart touches either, as that clever parking ticket holder on the window, modular centre console with removable tray, and umbrellas in the doors all remain as expected.

Storage is pretty good, too, as a large one-litre water bottle will seriously fit in the door pockets, and the dashboard has two split bins for all of your kids’ crap.

Honestly, the ergonomics of the cabin for parents are pretty darn perfect. Things that apply to more people are general cabin elements, and another that’s been improved for 2022 is the steering wheel.

I quite like its simple and hollow design treatment, as I think it makes the cabin look and feel more upmarket than before. Over in the second row, space is massive for the type of vehicle.

I’m about 183cm tall, and behind my own seating position my knees were over 5cm clear of the squishy seat backs, feet able to kick out in front, and overall body left with ample room.

Three adults across the back can be done, and even three child seats for that matter. I fitted a Britax Graphene and Infasecure Rally to our test car, and found both really usable in the second row.

The Infasecure seat – that doubles as a booster for older kids – has a really tall headrest that in the past has caught some SUVs out. However, it fit just fine in the Skoda Kodiaq Sportline.

Other nice features include a clever set of integrated sun blinds in the doors and large, flocked door pockets. The third row is best described as occasional, with access compromised due to a large and clumsy-folding second row.

Once you’re over and into the third row space is limited, so it’s best reserved for bendy adults or teenagers. Another good point is the fact passengers there can easily fold the second row and let themselves out, in case they’re not on speaking terms with their siblings.

In seven-seat mode it’ll still hold 270L, so theoretically it has about as much space as a Toyota Corolla when carrying seven people. 

2022 Skoda Kodiaq Sportline
Seats Five
Boot volume 270L to third row
765L to second row
2005L to first row
Length 4699mm
Width 1882mm
Height 1655mm
Wheelbase 2791mm

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How big is the screen in the Skoda Kodiaq

As is the case with all Skoda Kodiaqs, a 9.2-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto, voice control, and two USB-C inputs comes as standard.

I think the software package looks a bit cheap, but it does respond quickly when tasked with commands – like using Google Maps with Apple CarPlay – showing the hardware package is up to scratch.

Our car was fitted with the optional Tech Pack, which includes a 12-speaker Canton sound system. Having been upgraded for the facelifted model with an extra two speakers, it is now even better than it already was.

Although not the last word in clarity, the Canton sound system provided a nice, deep and guttural-sounding environment for Turnstile’s I Don’t Wanna Be Blind to sound properly grungy, and enough space for the vocal track from Joy Division’s Disorder to sound rightly eerie.

It’s worth the money.

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Is the Skoda Kodiaq a safe car?

The 2022 Skoda Kodiaq Sportline wears a five-star ANCAP safety rating after being tested back in 2017.

However, some advanced driver-assist systems do not come as standard. What does come on all models are nine airbags, autonomous emergency braking front and rear, and parking sensors at both ends.

Things like adaptive lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring remain optional on the Skoda Kodiaq Sportline. Those optional safety extras are included in the $3700 Luxury Pack, so consider it a must-have.

2022 Skoda Kodiaq Sportline
ANCAP rating Five stars (tested 2019)
Safety report Link to ANCAP report

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How much does the Skoda Kodiaq cost?

If you’re after a spacious 5+2, the award-winning Kia Sorento is likely your best alternative. For similar money you can have a 2022 Kia Sorento Sport+ with 3.5-litre V6 and plenty of grunt to go with it.

It’s a larger car, however, and maybe not as refined either, so it depends on your hierarchy of needs. Another, more affordable choice is the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed. A fantastic car in its own right, this top-of-the-line version costs about $55,000 drive-away, so it is a few grand cheaper than the Skodiaq.

With regard to servicing, Skoda offers multiple ways for the modern consumer to maintain their Kodiaq.

On top of offering a subscription-based servicing model, customers can also buy five- or seven-year service packs. A five-year service pack costs $1800, and a seven-year one $2700.

If you wish to subscribe via monthly payments instead, prices vary on the distance you travel. For example, if you cover 15,000km each year, it costs $44.50 per month for the first three years, then $89 per month for the remaining two.

At a glance 2022 Skoda Kodiaq Sportline
Warranty Five years / unlimited km
Service intervals 12 months or 15,000km
Servicing costs $1800 (3 years), $2700 (5 years)

If you add tyres into your maintenance plan, prices increase to $59/$118 respectively. It’s worth noting that the subscription pricing can also be run through a salary-sacrifice scheme, meaning you can pay for it with pre-tax dollars with the right financial arrangement.

It also includes benefits like a courtesy vehicle at every service, and every possible item including brake fluid, wipers and batteries.

In terms of fuel efficiency, its trip computer initially returned an average of 8.4L/100km. After some metro driving was thrown into the mix, its final figure – after covering 410km – was 9.7L/100km.

The car’s computer also showed a longer-term average over 1400km, which was 10L/100km flat. The official combined claim is 8.2L/100km.

Fuel Useage Fuel Stats
Fuel cons. (claimed) 8.2L/100km
Fuel cons. (on test) 9.7L/100km
Fuel type 95-octane premium unleaded
Fuel tank size 60L

What is the Skoda Kodiaq like to drive?

It produces 132kW/320Nm via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, with the latter torque figure offered over a meaty-thick 3500rpm worth of tacho. I also said I wanted to test the vehicle with four adults, which I had the chance to do with this longer-term loan.

As suspected, the Skoda Kodiaq Sportline mostly sailed through scrutiny when packed to the rafters with people, stuff and animals, but not at the cost of minor thrashiness when instigating high-speed overtakes.

It was the only time – in a 110km/h zone – where I felt the car could use a little extra poke. In all reality, a family doesn’t need the more expensive and hotted-up Skoda Kodiaq RS, even though it’ll likely continue to maintain its title of best-selling variant in the Kodiaq range.

That’s also why it’s the first cab off the rank for discussion in this review, as I received multiple queries after the launch event on whether the regular Kodiaq has enough mumbo to cut the mustard as a family hack.

You see, because this Sportline model is actually quite appealing. Aside from being a whole lot cheaper than the RS for not having a hotted-up engine, it still benefits from progressive steering and other performance touchpoints, like 20-inch wheels with grippy tyres, over the regular model.

The former is a legitimate and real-world technology, and one that can largely change the way a car feels overall. With the Skoda Kodiaq Sportline, its progressive steering results in a more solid, robust and connected feel.

It may be clutching at straws, but the discerning driver will notice. Around town it’s almost as good as the entry-level car – on smaller wheels with thicker rubber, mind you – so the trade-off for receiving 20-inch wheels isn’t a bad one.

It still remains comfortable, easy to use, and precisely what a Skoda Kodiaq ought to be. Aside from excellent ride quality making life easier, those standard-fit Matrix LED headlights are also brilliant.

In dusk and low-light scenarios your vision is greatly improved, and at times where it’s hard enough to see anyway. At night they show you sections of your favourite and familiar roads you’ve never noticed before, as they throw light quite far down the road and up in the sky too.

Don’t worry about oncomers being blinded by the light show either, as the beam will cleverly mask itself around oncoming cars. It’s fantastic technology that helps improve the passive safety of the 2022-model-year Skoda Kodiaq Sportlines.

Key details 2022 Skoda Kodiaq Sportline
Engine 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
Power 132kW @ 3900–6000rpm
Torque 320Nm @ 1400–3940rpm
Drive type All-wheel drive
Transmission Seven-speed wet-dual-clutch (DSG) automatic
Power to weight ratio 75kW/t
Weight (tare) 1750kg
Tow rating 2000kg braked, 750kg unbraked
Turning circle 12.2m


The Skoda Kodiaq Sportline adds the required bling to make it truly desirable.

Painted cladding, 20-inch wheels, and more direct steering make a Kodiaq that looks and steers better. Inside, those seats uplift the perceived quality once more, and the rest is pretty much standard Kodiaq fare.

Which is codeword for a comfortable, quiet, and usable family car that’ll tick every box, and some more for good measure. It’s spacious too; the only commodity that’s universally highly sought after amongst every family I know.

I know the high-performance Skoda Kodiaq RS is really appealing, but honestly, all the humble family needs is this middle-trim Sportline model for the best effect. Think about the $15,000-and-some you’ll save as you drive out of the dealership.

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Ratings Breakdown

2022 SKODA Kodiaq Sportline Wagon

8.1/ 10


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After more than a decade working in the product planning and marketing departments of brands like Kia, Subaru and Peugeot, Justin Narayan returned to being a motoring writer – the very first job he held in the industry.

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