Used Skoda Kodiaq 2016-present review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Skoda Kodiaq estate?

The Kodiaq is a large car that will have been used in tight spaces, such as supermarket car parks and urban rat runs, so check the front and rear of the car carefully for any scuffs or dents. Also check the alloy wheels for kerb damage. It’s worth checking the electrical operation of the powered tailgate, too, if this is fitted.

Reported problems on the Kodia so far are remarkably few. Any niggles tend to centre around non-engine electrics, with faulty sat-navs and problems with the climate control.

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What are the most common problems with a used Skoda Kodiaq estate?

Too little engine torque at low speed

A software update is required on examples made between 12 October 2018 and 27 June 2019 in order to increase the amount of torque the engine provides at low speeds to improve drivability. 

Cracks in the front left seat frame

The front left (front passenger) seat frame could be cracked and affects a small number of Kodiaqs manufactured between 1 and 5 February 2019, so contact your dealer for further information. Your car will need a new frame if it is affected.

Airbag not inflating quickly enough

The driver's airbag might not inflate quickly enough in examples built from 8 January to 28 February 2018 to protect the occupant correctly. Any Kodiaq affected by this recall will need to have the airbag replaced at a Skoda dealer.

Second-row seat frame

Some of the nuts that hold the second-row seat frame down on examples constructed between 17-21 December 2018 could be missing. This will need to be checked over by a Skoda technician who'll replace any missing nuts for you.

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Is a used Skoda Kodiaq estate reliable?

The good news is that the Kodiaq seems to be reliable, especially petrol ones. These finished in third place, while diesels were in 14th out of 22 cars in the large SUV class in our most recent reliability survey. Skoda as a brand finished fifth out of 31 manufacturers.

If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.

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