If you don't know your Enyaq from your elbow, use this guide to guide you through the Skoda range.
Skoda SUV range explained
If you think being an SUV means a car has to be big, think again. The Skoda Kamiq measures just a little over 4.2 metres long, taking up about the same amount of space on the road as a Volkswagen Golf, making it easy to squeeze into tight city parking spots. Your passengers won't find it a squeeze, however, because there's enough room for four adults to sit in comfort in the Kamiq, and even for a fifth passenger to perch for short trips. The boxy body means there's excellent headroom and the boot is a usefully tall, square shape.
The Skoda Karoq sits in the middle of the brand's SUV range and might prove to be 'just right' for most family buyers. Despite gaining just a few centimetres on the Kamiq in length and width, the Karoq feels substantially more spacious inside, especially for rear-seat passengers and tall occupants. Much of the extra cabin volume comes from the car's additional height, which translates into a high-mounted driving position that gives you a great view of the road ahead. Also consider the mechanically similar Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Ateca.
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Taking the Karoq as a starting point and stretching the platform out gives you the Skoda Kodiaq. This burly SUV has the option of a sixth and seventh seat, or an even more cave-like cargo area in five-seat mode. All the same Karoq benefits translate directly to the Kodiaq, with a composed, comfortable driving experience and a faultlessly ergonomic dashboard that's easy to get your head around. Optional diesel engines and four-wheel drive, along with the Kodiaq's substantial heft also makes it a good choice as a tow car for a trailer.
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Skoda hatchback range explained
The Skoda Citigo is the Czech brand's interpretation of the Volkswagen Up and SEAT Mii. Just like those cars, it's remarkably practical despite its tiny exterior dimensions. A pair of adults will fit in the back without too much complaint – something the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 can't quite match – and the boot is deeper than you might expect, stretching all the way to the car's floor. On the road, the ultra-compact dimensions mean the Citigo is easy to weave through urban traffic and it remains impressively composed even up to motorway speeds.
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If the Citigo is impressive for a small four seater, the Skoda Fabia is equally so for a small five seater. Its four-metre length means you won't struggle to live with the Fabia in the city, but there's still enough space in the back that you can feasibly carry regular rear-seat passengers. You'll also notice a substantial jump in boot space, with the Fabia making a better choice if you need to carry suitcases or more bulky cargo. Like the Citigo, the engine range focuses on efficiency over performance but every option is smooth and easy to drive.
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The Skoda Scala is a family hatchback that's a similar size to a Volkswagen Golf. An incremental increase in exterior size means there's even more passenger space, especially for rear-seat occupants. This makes the Scala a better choice for families with kids in child seats, because there's more room in which to secure your offspring in their thrones. The boot is deceptive because the hatchback boot lid opens to reveal a space that feels more like a small estate than a hatchback, with lots of length that's handy for pushchairs or a small dog.
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You might look at the Skoda Octavia and wonder why this 'saloon' has been lumped in with the hatchbacks in this lineup. That's actually because, despite the Octavia's traditional 'three-box' looks, the boot lid lifts up with the rear window glass like a proper hatchback, revealing a simply massive cargo area that'll swallow bikes or suitcases without any hassle. Your passengers will also be thanking you for the enormous amount of space they have to stretch out, making long journeys in the Octavia a piece of cake.
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The Skoda Superb pulls the same trick as the Octavia – it looks like a traditional saloon, but the bootlid opens as one with the rear window, giving handy hatchback access to your cargo. Everything else – the comfort, the practicality, the effortless driving experience – is ramped up to the max, making the Superb one of the most relaxing cars to spend time in this side of a Rolls-Royce. Recent Superb models, like the Octavia, can be equipped with a plug-in-hybrid engine giving a useful EV-only range and impressive mpg figures.
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Skoda estate range explained
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda isn't a brand known for complexity, so the Skoda Octavia Estate is reassuringly simple to understand. It takes the regular Octavia as a starting point and stretches the roof out, turning the car into a proper estate. This boosts cargo room to a massive 640 litres, which makes this model a great choice of you're carrying a four-legged friend or planning a weekend's mountain biking.
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Skoda Superb Estate
Just like the Octavia Estate, the Skoda Superb Estate starts with a proven recipe and adds nothing except a larger cargo area. Boot space rises to 660 litres – only a modest jump over the Octavia because most of the Superb's extra length is devoted to adding more rear-passenger space. Nevertheless, it's still one of the largest boots among cars this size and can expand to an aircraft-hangar-challenging volume with the rear seats folded.
Skoda EV range explained
The Skoda Enyaq's name puts us in mind of a certain '80s Irish pop star – an appropriate choice considering this refined electric SUV is perfect for silently sailing away. Under the metalwork, you'll find the same battery and electric motor tech that powers the Volkswagen ID.4 and Audi Q4 e-tron, but the Skoda might be our favourite interpretation of the formula. The Enyaq is the most spacious of the three and omits the fiddly touch-sensitive heater and A/C controls in its VW counterpart.
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Skoda Enyaq Coupe
If you like the Enyaq but need just a little more excitement in your electric SUV, the Skoda Enyaq Coupe might be the choice for you. Nearly everything from the rear seats forward is the same as the regular model but the Enyaq Coupe swaps in a dramatic, curved roofline that sweeps down behind the back row. This does rob the Enyaq Coupe of a little cargo space compared to the standard model, but it mostly compromises the boot height, so you'll only notice the difference when carrying especially awkward and bulky items.