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Used Skoda Kodiaq 2016-present review

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Used Skoda Kodiaq 2016-present review
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What's the used Skoda Kodiaq estate like?

The Skoda Kodiaq was the Czech firm’s first large SUV and its first stab at a seven-seater. It's been a huge success and, for families on a tight budget, it might just be the ideal transport, promising Skoda’s legendary value for money while delivering the practicality and flexibility needed by many used SUV buyers.

For starters, there’s a good range of petrol and diesel engines on offer that are all shared with other Volkswagen Group models. Most buyers so far have opted for the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel, the 2.0 TDI 150, which is gutsy enough to haul around seven people with little drama and more economical (on paper) when fitted with the DSG automatic gearbox than it is when specified as a six-speed manual. For those that need a little extra poke, Skoda offers the Kodiaq with a 188bhp version of the same 2.0-litre diesel engine, called the 2.0 TDI 190.

Trims start with entry-level S, which is a little sparsely equipped and available with only five seats, rather than seven. Next-up SE trim makes more sense, because it provides dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, a decent infotainment system and cruise control. The SE L trim above that adds sat-nav and adaptive LED headlights, Alcantara seats, keyless entry and start and a powered tailgate.

The upper trims, SE Tech and Edition, while fulsomely equipped, are a little pricey on the used car forecourts, so are best avoided.

These trims were renamed in 2021 as SE Drive, SE L Executive, Sportline and top-spec Laurin and Klement.

On the road, the Kodiaq handles well, with a surprising amount of agility for something so commodious, and it has plenty of grip. The steering is a little light at higher speeds, but this at least makes short work of lower speed urban motoring.

It rides well, too, although there is a slightly unsettled nature to the car around town, over potholes and across road imperfections. It’s also pleasingly refined, regardless of which engine you choose. Wind and road noise are low around town but can be a touch too much at higher speeds.

But it's inside where the Kodiaq starts to flex its muscles. The driving position is excellent, with good visibility, and the dashboard and all the surrounding areas are full of soft-touch materials and well-damped switches, making it a pleasant place to spend time. There’s also a logical and easy-to-use 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system that comes with smartphone mirroring.