Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
This is where the vRS looks a little shaky, due to a list price that's well into the realm of premium-badged SUVs. And it'll cost you several thousands of pounds more than the SE L Kodiaq with the 187bhp diesel engine, four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox.
Yes, you get all the things we've mentioned, like adaptive dampers, front and rear parking sensors, sat-nav, digital instruments and LED lights front and rear; and other niceties, such as power-folding door mirrors, interior ambient lighting, keyless entry and heated front seats, but lesser Kodiaqs are better value.
That power and standard four-wheel drive also come at the price of relatively high CO2 emissions of 164g/km, while official fuel economy is in the mid-thirties. That’s not too different from the far bigger and more powerful V8 Audi SQ7.
The Kodiaq is too new to have featured in the What Car? Reliability Survey, but Skoda as a brand is a strong performer. It finished ninth (out of 31 brands) in our 2019 survey, just below Kia and Hyundai 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're 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.
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 Nissan X-Trail and Kia Sorento.
Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is standard and looks out for pedestrians as well as cars. Lane-keeping assistance and blindspot monitors are optional. There’s also the option to add 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 awarded the Kodiaq a four-star rating for resisting being broken into and the full five stars for resisting being stolen.
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