What Car? says...
The Skoda Kodiaq – with its attractive starting price – could be just the ticket for big families looking for a value-for-money seven-seat car.
Skoda has a reputation for building highly practical vehicles, but the Kodiaq is actually its first large SUV. It's also the first model from the Czech brand with space for a driver plus six passengers (although you can also get it without the third row of seats if you like).
It depends which engine you choose: diesel versions of the Skoda Kodiaq fared much better in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey than their petrol counterparts. Diesel versions placed sixth out of 21 large SUVs with a reliability rating of 96.0%, while petrol versions placed 12th with a score of 93.1%. Read more here
No, the Skoda Kodiaq is not available as an electric car or a hybrid of any kind. Instead, you can choose from two petrol engines (with 148bhp and 197bhp) and three diesels, with 148bhp, 187bhp and (in the Skoda Kodiaq vRS sports SUV) 242bhp. The Ford Kuga, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are available as hybrids, and the Czech car maker sells the Skoda Enyaq iV electric SUV. Read more here
We think the entry-level TSI 150 petrol is the best engine for the Skoda Kodiaq because it delivers a good balance between performance and running costs. Pairing that with our favourite SE L Executive trim turns the Kodiaq into a seven-seater, and adds front and rear parking sensors plus a reversing camera, making it easier to park. Read more here
The Skoda Kodiaq Sportline costs more than the Kodiaq SE L Executive and has some sporty styling tweaks, including a chunkier body kit and larger 20in alloys. It also has a bigger infotainment touchscreen (9.2in rather than 8.0in), and gets on-board Wi-Fi and more bolstered suede seats. Read more here
The Skoda Kodiaq was awarded a five-star safety rating when it was tested by the independent experts at Euro NCAP in 2017. The model was found to be very good at protecting adult passengers, but it was not as good at safeguarding children as some rivals, including the Citroën C5 Aircross, Ford Kuga and MG HS. Read more here
Five-seat versions of the Skoda Kodiaq have 835 litres of boot space, and our road testers managed to fit in nine carry-on suitcases (one less than in the Peugeot 5008). The seven-seat version has about 100 litres less when the third row seats are folded down into the boot floor and much less when they’re in use, although there’s still room for a supermarket trip or a couple of small suitcases. Read more here
|RRP price range||£33,485 - £48,075|
|Number of trims (see all)||5|
|Number of engines (see all)||5|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol, diesel|
|MPG range across all versions||32.4 - 52.6|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£2,247 / £3,448|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£4,494 / £6,897|