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Used test: Skoda Kodiaq vs Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace costs

If you're after a reasonably priced seven-seat SUV, a used Skoda Kodiaq or VW Tiguan Allspace might already be on your radar. But which one should you buy?...

Skoda Kodiaq side driving

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

When new and in the respective specifications of our test cars, the Skoda Kodiaq came in at £30,595 and the VW Tiguan Allspace at £37,730. Over the six years they've been on the used market, both cars have dropped to around £17,000 – meaning the Tiguan has lost more in deprecation. As for future deprecation, expect the pair to depreciate at similar rates.   

The Kodiaq will cost you less in fuel, with its official 52.3mpg average bettering the Tiguan's 47.9mpg figure. Insurance sways in the VW's favour, though, with its insurance group of 18 putting the cost at around £562: the Skoda belongs to group 23, causing that figure rise to around £661. 

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace side driving

For two services of the Kodiaq, Skoda quoted us £492. In regards to the Tiguan, VW quoted us an identical amount and that's for the same amount of services. 

Both of our contenders have a good kit lists, with climate control, cruise control, heated front seats and keyless start. Leather seats came at a cost to original owners in both instances – £300 in the Kodiaq and a rather hefty £1615 in the Tiguan.

Skoda Kodiaq third row seats

In our 2023 What Car? Reliability Survey, the Kodiaq (in diesel form) placed fourth out of nine cars in the seven-seaters class. Its reliability score was okay at best: 91.3%. The Tiguan (in diesel, non-Allspace form), out of 34 cars in the family SUV class, came 24th. Its reliability score was just 0.1% better, at 91.4%. 

As car brands, Skoda ranked 16th out of 32 manufacturers featured, while VW was further back in 22nd.  

Both cars received the maximum five-star rating from Euro NCAP when they were safety tested – their ratings have now expired, mind you, and they haven't been retested since 2016 (Tiguan) and 2017 (Kodiaq). 

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