Skoda Kodiaq review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Skoda Kodiaq 2021 interior infotainment
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 front right tracking
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 rear cornering
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 interior dashboard
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 rear seats
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 interior infotainment
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 front left tracking
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 right tracking
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 rear right tracking
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 headlight detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 rear lights detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 rear detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 front seats
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 third-row seats
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 boot open
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 front right tracking
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 rear cornering
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 interior dashboard
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 rear seats
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 interior infotainment
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 front left tracking
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 right tracking
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 rear right tracking
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 headlight detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 rear lights detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 rear detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 front seats
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 third-row seats
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

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. 

Overview

The Skoda Kodiaq is one of life's great all-rounders. It offers good amounts of space for up to seven people, a plush interior, strong engines, decent comfort and it's not too pricey. So we'd definitely recommend you add the Kodiaq to your shopping list but, if you're looking for value for money and can live with five seats, try instead the superbly equipped Mazda CX-5 or cheaper Citroën C5 Aircross. Or, if you want even more practicality and one of the best SUVs on sale, then you must check out the superb Peugeot 5008.

  • Classy interior
  • Relatively spacious with a decent boot
  • Good value if you stick to the cheaper trims
  • Top-of-the-range versions are pricey
  • Peugeot 5008 is even more practical
  • Unsettled low-speed ride
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