Skoda Kodiaq (2017-present)

The Skoda Kodiaq is a cut price SUV that doesn't cut corners

Strengths & Weaknesses


Well equipped as standard
Spacious, with seven-seat option
Skoda has a reputation for reliability


Diesel engines a little gruff
Unimpressive fuel economy
Lower-power versions can feel a little slow
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Skoda Kodiaq Estate 1.4 tsi se 5dr

Finance price £262 per month

Cash price £17,300

Available as a either five- or seven-seater, the Kodiaq shares engines and other parts with the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace SUV, the supersized Skoda Superb hatchback and estate and the smaller Seat Ateca.

The engine range comprises a pair of 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines, with 125hp and 150hp - since replaced with a 150hp 1.5-litre version, plus a 180hp 2.0-litre unit on the petrol side - since phased out for a 190hp version - while the more economical diesel line-up has two variants of the 2.0-litre TDI powerplant with 150hp and 190hp plus a 239hp range-topping vRS, which was added at the start of 2019.

On the road, the Kodiaq handles as well as any SUV of its size, steers accurately and rides comfortably. It's not the most comfortable car on the road, but does a good job of proving comfy enough while proving relatively agile around corners.

The Kodiaq is also packed with equipment, with more than half a dozen trim levels offering plenty of choice to buyers. Features such as a touchscreen media system, DAB digital radio, smartphone connectivity, and keyless entry and ignition are available as standard on all models, with the likes of cruise control, parking sensors and adjustable driver modes all available on higher trims.

Skoda has also entered the burgeoning field of connected car services with its Skoda Connect system, which gives users access to a range of online services, including real-time traffic information and immediate contact with a call centre in the event of an emergency or breakdown.

The aspect of the Kodiaq that is most predictable – but still impressive – is the interior space. Skoda's engineers are geniuses when it comes to packaging, always managing to create more room in the cabin than equivalent-sized cars from the brand's VW Group siblings. In this instance, there's lots of room up front and, even with taller drivers, the rear still feels positively cavernous, with plenty of legroom and headroom. In seven-seat versions, the rear pair is less restricted than in many so-called seven-seaters. Slide the middle row of seats forward a little and even average height adults should be able to get comfortable in the back.

The Kodiaq's exterior design – which uses a series of sharp lines in combination with a robust-looking, well-proportioned body – should also prove appealing to buyers wanting a modern interpretation of an SUV.

With prices starting at not much more than £25,000, with affordable PCP finance options, the Kodiaq is a very attractive buying proposition, especially when you consider that it bears numerous similarities to the considerably more expensive Audi Q7.

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  • Order books for UK sales opened on 30 November 2016.
  • First deliveries are began in April 2017.

Skoda Kodiaq Engines 

1.4 TSI 125PS, 1.4 TSI 150PS, 2.0 TSI 180PS, 2.0 TDI 150PS, 2.0 TDI 190PS

The Skoda Kodiaq is available with a choice of three petrol engines and two diesels at launch (with another lower-powered diesel to be added later on).

The 1.4-litre TSI engine is a tried-and-tested unit that is fitted to numerous models in the Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda and Audi line-ups. It has a reputation for being a highly flexible and efficient engine. This is especially true in the higher-powered guise, which uses Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) that enables two of the engine’s four cylinders to shut down when not required, starting up again instantaneously when the accelerator is pressed and all the cylinders are needed.

It’s a highly effective technology that works undetected by the driver and delivers an official fuel consumption of 46.3mpg (41.5mpg when fitted with four-wheel drive) and CO2 emissions of 141g/km (153g/km). It’s an engine that works surprisingly well with the 1,615kg Kodiaq, not feeling underpowered at all.
There is also a 2.0 TSI petrol engine that will be a niche choice: it is the best-performing engine in the Kodiaq’s range (0-62mph in 7.8 seconds), but its 38.7mpg and 168g/km of CO2 is likely to put off most buyers.

In contrast, the 2.0 TDI diesel powerplant with the 150PS output is forecast to be the most popular choice among buyers. Its 56.5mpg and 131g/km of CO2 should make it a persuasive case for cost-conscious purchasers, with 53.3mpg (50.4mpg with the DSG automatic transmission) and 139g/km (147g/km) for the variant equipped with four-wheel drive also proving economical. The engine is very refined and Skoda has soundproofed the Kodiaq very well, as very little engine noise intrudes into the cabin.

Combining the economy of a diesel with a little extra performance, the 2.0 TDI 190PS version still manages to return 49.5mpg and emit 150g/km of CO2. The extra power lowers the 0-62mph time to a respectable 8.6 seconds and it pulls well on both country roads and highways.


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1.4 TSI 150PS 






2.0 TSI 180PS 






2.0 TDI 150PS 






2.0 TDI 190PS 






Skoda Kodiaq Trims 

S, SE, SE L, Edition

The Kodiaq is being launched with four trim levels, including Edition, which will be available for the initial sales period and is likely to be replaced by the Laurin & Klement trim, in line with other models in the Skoda line-up. We also expect other special editions to be introduced during the lifetime of the model.

The base S level – which is only available with the 1.4 TSI 125PS engine – is well-equipped, with standard kit including 17-inch alloy wheel, infotainment system with 6.5-inch colour touchscreen, DAB digital radio, USB, air conditioning, LED daytime running lights, electric door mirrors, leather multifunction steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, seven airbags and a suite of electronic safety features.

Next up is the SE trim, which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded infotainment system with 8.0-inch colour touchscreen, dual-zone air con, roof rails, rear parking sensors, rain and light sensors and auto-dimming rear view mirrors. Seven seats are available as a £1,000 option in SE trim.

The SE L trim comes with 19-inch wheels, a further-enhanced infotainment system (with wifi), heated front seats with lumbar support, Alcantara upholstery, seven seats as standard, adjustable driving modes, and LED headlights.

The range-topping Edition trim, which is only available for the first few months after the Kodiaq’s launch, offers leather upholstery, metallic paint, chrome roof rails, along with technology features including Lane Assist, High Beam Assist, wireless charging and phone box, and Blind spot detection.

Used Skoda Kodiaq 

The Kodiaq is yet to go on sale on the UK, so there are no used examples, or even discounted nearly new cars available to buy.

Demand for the car is rumoured to exceded next year's supply three times over, which means that you'll be extremely unlikely to find a Kodiaq bargain soon. The price of used cars may even be higher than the cost of a new model for a while.

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