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  • Launched in 2016
  • SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2016
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

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The world’s most sensible SUV

Best bits

  • Spacious family SUV available with seven seats
  • Interior feels well-designed and classy - especially on higher-spec models
  • Diesel engines offer decent performance

Not so great

  • 1.5 petrol feels a bit weak
  • Many confusing trim levels and options
  • Only an occasional seven-seater, really

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Skoda Kodiaq is a genuinely excellent family SUV. It’s a versatile choice, with a big boot and seven seats on most models. A nearly-new example represents strong value for money and mid-spec trim levels come with plenty of kit. It’s easy to drive - despite its size - and it shouldn’t cost a fortune to run, providing you avoid the thirsty 2.0-litre petrol."

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"If your decision to buy a new car is being led by a growing family, we’d stick the Skoda Kodiaq high up on your shortlist. It’s a big SUV that represents very good value for money and won’t cost a fortune to run, while its interior is packed with clever features designed to make family life that bit easier.


Most Kodiaq models come with seven seats but, if you’re looking to regularly travel seven-up, you might be better looking at an MPV such as the SEAT Alhambra or Ford Galaxy instead. Yes, we know an SUV is a much more stylish choice, but the third row of seats in the Kodiaq are difficult to access and render the boot almost useless.


With the rear-most seats dropped to the floor, the Kodiaq is a very practical car with a huge boot. The seats on the second row slide back and forth, while the outer rear seats come with Isofix mounting points for easy fitting of child seats. Annoyingly, the middle seat doesn’t get these, but they are offered as an option on the front passenger seat.


The interior might lack the flair of the Peugeot 5008, but it feels well made and looks pretty upmarket - especially in the posher trim levels. It’s a comfortable car, with supportive seats positioned nice and high - great for letting you (and the kids) grab a sneaky glimpse over hedges. The soft suspension helps with comfort, too, although it does crash over bumpy road surfaces a bit more if you buy one with bigger alloy wheels.


Aside from hybrid powertrains, there’s an engine to suit more buyers. We rate the 2.0-litre TDI diesel. This is available with 150 or 190PS, with both providing more than adequate performance and decent fuel economy. You’d be better with the 1.5-litre TSI petrol if you don’t cover many miles, but it does feel a bit underpowered - especially when the car’s full of passengers and their luggage.


You’ll also find four-wheel-drive models (great if you plan to tow or need to venture off-road), as well as manual or automatic gearboxes. Most used Kodiaqs will come with the seven-speed DSG auto transmission - good news as it’s pretty slick and suits its laid-back nature well.


The Skoda Kodiaq isn’t an exciting choice and in-house alternatives offer strong competition in the form of the SEAT Terraco and Peugeot 5008. That said, it does everything you could possibly want it to and won’t cost the bank to buy or run. It’s a very easy car to recommend.

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Skoda Kodiaq

2.0 TDI SE 4x4 5dr DSG [7 Seat]

  • 2020
  • 4,372 miles
  • John Mulholland Skoda Randalstown
  • Antrim, BT412EB
Price:£27,995
PCP: £436.69/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £436.69, Customer Deposit: £4,199.00, Total Deposit: £4,199.25, Optional Final Payment: £12,137.50, Total Charge For Credit: £3,625.90, Total Amount Payable: £31,620.90, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.86%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8.38ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Skoda Kodiaq

2.0 BiTDI 239 vRS 4x4 5dr DSG [7 Seat]

  • 2020
  • 1,424 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Sinclair Skoda Swansea
  • Glamorgan, SA49GW
Price:£39,995
PCP: £559.10/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £559.10, Customer Deposit: £5,999.00, Total Deposit: £5,999.25, Optional Final Payment: £19,877.50, Total Charge For Credit: £5,450.25, Total Amount Payable: £45,445.25, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8.38ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Skoda Kodiaq right for you?

If you’re looking for a practical family SUV, the Skoda Kodiaq ought to be a really strong contender. It won’t cut the mustard if you need to carry seven people regularly (but find us an SUV which can...), while high-spec models can be surprisingly expensive. The engine line-up’s pretty strong, while buyers get the choice of manual and automatic gearboxes as well as two- or four-wheel drive.


It might not have the image of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace - nor the quirky cabin of the Peugeot 5008 - but it’s incredibly good at ticking all the boxes for the vast majority of buyers.

What’s the best Skoda Kodiaq model/engine to choose?

We like the 2.0-litre diesel in the Kodiaq, although it won’t suit everyone. If you cover high motorway miles or need to tow a caravan, it’s undoubtedly the engine of choice. The 150PS version is fine, but go for the 190PS if you’d like a little extra power. Otherwise, look for a petrol. The 1.5 might feel a little underpowered but it’ll be refined and cheap to run.


In terms of trim level, there’s no shortage of models for you to choose from. We’d avoid the most basic S model - it’s pretty basic and didn’t sell in huge numbers before it was withdrawn from sale. An SE Technology, SE Drive or SE L will tick all the boxes for most buyers without being too expensive. That said, some of the pricier models are very nice indeed, particularly the top-spec L&K. There is also the sporty Skoda Kodiaq vRS.

What other cars are similar to the Skoda Kodiaq?

The Kodiaq’s closest rivals are arguably in-house alternatives, the SEAT Tarraco and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. Both share a platform and engines with the Kodiaq, making choosing between them a difficult choice. The Kodiaq offers the best value for money, in our opinion, especially on the used market.


You should also consider the excellent Peugeot 5008. We reckon it’s a more interesting choice than the boringly-good Kodiaq and we like the individual rear seats which offer a bit more flexibility. There’s also strong competition from Korea in the form if Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, both of which offer decent value for money and long warranties. Finally, you could also consider the Nissan X-Trail, but it’s a bit old fashioned in this company.

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Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Skoda Kodiaq a seven-seater?

Yes. Although most versions of the Kodiaq have five seats, all have the option to add a third row if required. On high-spec models like the Sportline and Scout, seven seats are standard.

Andy Brady

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Is the Kodiaq available as a 4x4?

All of the more powerful engine options come with both four-wheel drive and a dual-clutch automatic gearbox as standard, however the entry 1.5-litre petrol is front-wheel drive only.

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Where is the Skoda Kodiaq made?

Skoda builds the Kodiaq in several different regions around the globe for different markets. European models are all assembled in the brand’s native Czech Republic facility in Kvasiny.

Russell Campbell

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Is the Kodiaq a good car?

Many buyers in the market for a large seven-seat SUV can’t afford to step up to the high prices of cars such as the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90. The Kodiaq offers most of what those premium rivals do in terms of space, equipment and capability, at a far more affordable price.

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How much boot space is there inside?

As a five seater, very few cars can match the Kodiaq for practicality. Its cavernous boot will swallow up to 720 litres of luggage with the seats up, rising to over 2000 litres with them folded. Nothing else in this price range comes close. Those figures fall slightly if you spec the third row of seats, to a 630-litre capacity in five-seat mode and a modest 270 litres with seven.

Dan Harrison

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