Skoda says that it has a tradition of working with the emergency services for over 100 years – and that partnership is continuing with the Czech brand's new Kodiaq SUV.

The Kodiaq is ideal for emergency service use according to Skoda, thanks to its practicality and all-terrain capabilities. The company's latest creation features 360-degree visibility for emergency service workers thanks to powerful LED signal lights built into the front screen, grille, tailgate and number plate, as well as a 100A three-tone siren plus a roll-out tray and back-up electricity supply, adding to the car's already comprehensive list of features.

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Those standard features include lane change and pedestrian detection systems, 2,065 litres of space in the rear, seven seats, phone connectivity, remote boot opening and wireless phone charging.

The Kodiaq is powered by the most powerful production Skoda engine to date – the firm's 276bhp 2-litre TSI petrol engine, making it ideal to serve as a police pursuit car, much like the Superb 280 which has also entered the Skoda fleet lineup as a police car. The turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol engine pulls the car from 0-62mph in just 5.8 seconds thanks to a DSG transmission and four-wheel-drive.

'It’s our extensive experience in this sector that gives us a unique understanding of the extreme conditions both the vehicle and driver are placed under, and as such the bespoke nature of requirements needed for the vehicles,' said Henry Williams, Skoda's head of fleet.

'Time-and-time-again our vehicles show the required versatility, flexibility and reliability to meet the needs of any service operator. Kodiaq is a high-performing four-wheel drive SUV capable of tackling anything asked of it, so we’re delighted to now make this available to all the emergency services.'

Other cars in Skoda's emergency service vehicle lineup includes a Superb estate police dog vehicle, the Octavia estate scout ambulance and variations of the Skoda Octavia, Yeti, Rapid Spaceback and Fabia models.

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