Skoda Kodiaq vRS review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior dashboard
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  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 front right static
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 headlight detail
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  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 rear detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior front seats detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior front seats detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 boot open
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 front cornering
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 rear cornering
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior dashboard
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior rear seats
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior infotainment
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 right tracking
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 front right static
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 headlight detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 badge detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 rear detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior front seats detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior front seats detail
  • Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

This is where the vRS looks a little shaky, with a list price that's well into the realm of premium-badged SUVs. It's also several thousand pounds more than the sporty-looking Sport Line version of the Skoda Kodiaq. The Sportline has four-wheel drive, an automatic gearbox and a de-tuned 187bhp version of the same 2.0-litre petrol engine.

The vRS's high CO2 emissions (198g/km) put it in the top company car tax bracket. Its official fuel economy is in the low-thirties (in real-world use, it can be more like mid-twenties), which is close to the bigger and more powerful V8 Audi SQ7.

Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is standard and identifies pedestrians as well as cars. Lane-keeping assistance and blind-spot monitors are optional, along with rear side airbags, a driver fatigue sensor and a Travel Assist pack that can recognise road signs and display them on the dashboard.

Security expert Thatcham Research gave the Kodiaq a four-star rating for resisting being broken into and the full five stars for resisting being stolen.

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Skoda Kodiaq vRS 2021 interior infotainment

Overview

On the one hand, the Skoda Kodiaq vRS is highly practical and therefore a great family choice, but on the other, £45k is a huge amount to pay for a sports SUV that’s not particularly exciting to drive. Its petrol engine isn’t that much quicker than the diesel it replaces, yet is a lot less efficient. If you must have seven seats, buy the regular Kodiaq, and if you simply want something fun, look at cheaper options such as the Cupra Ateca and Ford Puma ST.

  • Comfortable ride
  • Smart interior
  • Decently practical all round
  • Expensive to buy
  • Not that quick for a sports SUV
  • Thirsty petrol engine
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