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New Skoda Kodiaq vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Toyota Land Cruiser

The Skoda Kodiaq should definitely be on your shortlist if you need a seven-seat SUV, but how does it compare with established rivals from Land Rover and Toyota?

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What will they cost?

Even after factoring in the hefty discounts available on the Land Rover and Toyota, the Skoda is still the cheapest to buy outright. There’s a good chance it’ll end up cheapest to own over three years, too, although insurance groups and likely dealer discounts hadn’t been confirmed at the time of writing.

In any case, the Land Rover’s slow depreciation and cheap servicing costs will run the Skoda very close indeed, while the Toyota’s heavy depreciation and thirsty engine will make it the priciest to own. The Skoda is also the cheapest option if you plan to take out finance. Put down a Β£4000 deposit on a three-year PCP deal (with an annual mileage cap of 10,000) and you’ll pay Β£470 a month. That’s Β£85 less than you’ll pay for the Land Rover and a whopping Β£135 less than Toyota will demand for the Land Cruiser under the same terms.

Company car drivers will also find the Skoda the cheapest option; if you’re in the 40% tax band you’ll pay around Β£600 more in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax over the next three years to run the Land Rover. The Toyota makes absolutely no sense as a company car and will cost you a further Β£2750 or so in tax bills over the next three years.

You get most for your money with the Land Rover and Skoda. As standard, both have leather-trimmed, heated front seats, sat-nav, rear parking sensors and powered tailgates. The Land Rover adds front parking sensors, a heated windscreen and a panoramic glass roof to that list, while the Skoda counters with metallic paint and wireless phone charging.

None of the above is standard on the Toyota, although all three cars do come with standard keyless entry, climate control and Bluetooth connectivity. The Skoda and Land Rover impress for safety with standard automatic emergency braking. Both also come with lane departure warning, but only the Skoda will nudge you back into your lane if you stray out of it, and the Skoda is also the only one with blind spot monitoring. The Toyota comes with none of these features.

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