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Skoda Kodiaq review

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24 Jul 2017 11:18 | Last updated: 23 Aug 2018 11:32

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Skoda Kodiaq estate running costs

The Kodiaq’s starting price looks very tempting indeed, but this only gets you five seats and the modest 123bhp 1.4 petrol engine. The biggest-selling engine is the 148bhp 2.0 diesel (badged 2.0 TDI 150) and this costs thousands of pounds more, although it still undercuts rivals such as the Kia Sorento.

Resale values are expected to be above most keys rivals’ and the Kodiaq will almost certainly cost you less in monthly repayments than cars such as the Sorento and Nissan X-Trail if you’re buying on PCP finance.

Meanwhile, the Kodiaq’s official fuel economy and CO2 emissions aren’t as appealing as an equivalent Peugeot 5008’s, but are similar to the Sorento’s; bear this in mind if you’re a company car driver looking for cheaper benefit-in-kind tax. That said, in our real-world True MPG tests, the two-wheel-drive 2.0 TDI 150 automatic model managed a respectable combined 43.1mpg.

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Skoda Kodiaq estate equipment

We reckon SE trim makes the most sense. It’s so much cheaper the next-level SE L, yet it still gets you dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, a decent infotainment system and cruise control. Even after you've added the seven-seat option and a few other choice extras (we'd recommend keyless entry/start, folding tray tables, adjustable lumbar support and rear-seat backrest release handles), you'll still be quids in.

SE L trim is worth a look, though; it adds sat-nav as standard and you get plenty of other creature comforts, including adaptive LED headlights, Alcantara seats, keyless entry and start, and a powered tailgate.

The upper trims, while fulsomely equipped, are too pricey to recommend, while entry-level S trim is rather basic, although you do get essentials including air conditioning.

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Skoda Kodiaq estate reliability

The Kodiaq is too new to have featured in any of our reliability surveys, but Skoda as a brand is a strong performer. It finished 13th (out of 32 brands) in our latest survey, just below Kia but well above Nissan, Land Rover and Peugeot.

What’s more, most of the Kodiaq’s oily bits are shared with other cars in Skoda’s line-up, including the Superb, so they are tried and tested. If anything does go wrong, you are covered by a three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty; this is okay, but nowhere near as comprehensive as Kia’s seven-year cover.

Skoda Kodiaq estate safety and security

Safety body Euro NCAP awarded the Kodiaq five stars (out of five) for safety in 2017. It scored well for adult protection and solidly for child protection, falling just a few percentage points behind rivals such as the X-Trail and Sorento. Partly by dint of having autonomous emergency braking (AEB) that also looks out for pedestrians fitted as standard throughout the range, it outscores the Sorento (which has AEB on only the top-spec trim) in the pedestrian protection category. The X-Trail is even safer for pedestrians, though, thanks to its squishier bonnet.

Lane-keep assist and blindspot monitoring are standard only on range-topping Edition models, but can be added to cheaper trims. There’s also the option to add rear side airbags, a driver fatigue sensor and travel assist. The latter can recognise road signs and display them on the dashboard.

Security expert Thatcham Research awarded the Kodiaq a four-out-of-five rating for resisting being broken into, and the full five stars for resisting being stolen.

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Verdict

The practical Skoda Kodiaq is one of the very best seven-seat SUVs, as well as one of the most affordable

  • Classy and spacious interior
  • Smooth 2.0-litre diesel engine
  • Good value – if you choose carefully
  • Top-of-the-range versions are pricey
  • Kia Sorento is even more practical
  • Unsettled low-speed ride
There are 8 trims available for the Kodiaq estate. Click to see details.See all versions
S
Entry-level S trim is rather basic, although you do get most of the essentials, including air conditioning and keyless start. You can only have five seats, though...View trim
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SE
SE trim is our pick. It’s significantly cheaper than SE L and still gets 18in alloy wheels, privacy glass, an excellent 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, rear parkin...View trim
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SE L trim is well worth a look. It’s the cheapest trim that comes with sat-nav as standard and you get plenty of creature comforts, including 19in alloy wheels, heated front seats, adaptive LED hea...View trim
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SE Technology
If you’re a company car driver, then this is the trim to go for. It’s based on SE trim and costs the same but comes with lots more luxuries. The catch? This trim makes little sense if you’re buying...View trim
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Range-topping Edition trim is too pricey to recommend, even though it comes stacked with luxuries, including leather seats, metallic paint and even wireless phone charging...View trim
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Scout
Scout is the more rugged offering for those who venture off road, with restyled bumpers, an engine guard and underbody stone guard. You also get everything SE L has, plus a few trim changes includi...View trim
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Sport Line
You get all the SE L goodies, plus 20in alloy wheels, metallic paint, sportier front and rear bumpers, power-folding door mirrors, Alcantara-trimmed sports seats, carbon finish on the dashboard and...View trim
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Laurin + Klement
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