Used Skoda Kodiaq long-term test: report 4

Skoda's seven-seat SUV is a former What Car? Award winner, but does it now make more sense as a used buy? We're finding out...

Skoda Kodiaq long term outside Millbrook

The car 2021 Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TSI Sportline Run by Max Adams, reviewer

Why it’s here To show if a used petrol Skoda Kodiaq Sportline is a better bet than the similar-looking vRS

Needs to Prove that it can be a practical seven-seater with reasonable running costs, while providing more interest than a regular Kodiaq

Mileage 13,430 List price when new (2021) £42,665 Price new with options £43,905 Value now £35,690 Test economy 31.6mpg Official economy 33.6mpg

28 October 2022 – Figuring things out

Last month, I lent my Skoda Kodiaq to reviews editor Will Nightingale so that he had a practical car in which to go on holiday with his family. And while I had fun blatting around in his 394bhp Audi RS3 hot hatch, it bothered me when Will came back and reported that the Kodiaq’s fuel economy wasn’t much better than his uber Audi's.

I didn’t agree with that comment, so booked my car in for a True MPG fuel economy test at our proving ground in Bedfordshire to find out just what it's really capable of.

LT Skoda Kodiaq instruments

To ensure accuracy and repeatability, our True MPG tests are conducted in strictly controlled conditions, but they are based on a real-world route that includes town, rural and motorway driving.

So, how did the Kodiaq get on? Well, my 2.0-litre petrol four-wheel-drive car on 20in wheels managed 31.6mpg. I'm pleased to say that's better (albeit only marginally) than the 31.0mpg the RS3 officially returns.

Now, if only my Skoda Kodiaq could also better the RS3’s sub 4sec 0-62mph acceleration time…

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