The Skoda Kodiaq is the latest entry into the large SUV market that offers a seven-seat option. The big Skoda is based on the same Volkswagen group chassis as the Audi Q5 and the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace which is due for launch later this year.

As I arrived to collect the Kodiaq, I couldn’t but think that after all the fuss about the arrival of this car I hoped it wouldn’t be an anticlimax. The test car that I was collecting was the 190hp four-wheel drive version with the two-litre diesel engine linked to the wheel by a DSG box.