Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Skoda Kodiaq is particularly good value if you go for our favourite 1.5 TSI 150 petrol engine – the diesels are quite a bit pricier to buy. In general, pricing is similar to the Peugeot 5008, cheaper than the recommendable versions of the Kia Sorento and much more affordable than premium models, such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport. If you're on a budget and need only five seats, you'll save quite a bit by going for the Citroën C5 Aircross and MG HS instead.
The Kodiaq is pretty good at holding on to its value against depreciation over three years. It’s predicted to retain a bigger percentage of its list price than the C5 Aircross and 5008, and hold up just as well as the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. For the lowest depreciation in the class, have a look at the Mazda CX-5 and Discovery Sport. Good resale values help keep PCP car finance costs low, and the Kodiaq is normally competitive if you plan to buy using it. Check our What Car? New Car Deals pages for the current best prices.
Equipment, options and extras
If you really like your toys, you should have a look at the better-equipped CX-5. Focusing on the Kodiaq, though, SE trim is worth considering if you don't need five seats and are looking to keep costs down, but we think it's worth stretching to our favourite SE L trim if you can.
For a start, it gives you seven seats, front lumbar adjustment, sat-nav, a rear-view camera and parking sensors all round. On top of all that, it gains you 19in alloy wheels and ambient interior lighting.