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Skoda Kodiaq undercuts rivals in BIK charges

  • Skoda's new SUV cheaper in company car tax than rivals
  • Monthly BIK charges start at £179 (for 40% taxpayers)
  • Kodiaq costs less to tax than conventional saloon alternatives

Off-roaders may not be the first port of call for company car drivers considering their next vehicle, but the new Skoda Kodiaq substantially undercuts rivals in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax costs.

Not only is this new SUV less costly to tax than similarly sized rivals, but it’s also cheaper than some of the most economical diesel saloon fleet models.

Kodiaq cheaper to tax than Land Rover and Kia rivals

Monthly BIK charges start at just £90/£179 (for 20/40% taxpayers respectively) on the Kodiaq 1.4 TSI 125 S, with diesel models set to cost from £117/£234 – more affordable diesel versions will also be announced shortly.

Claimed economy, meanwhile, ranges from 47.1mpg for that petrol version and 56.5mpg for the 150hp diesel with DSG automatic gearbox.

This compares with starting bills from £129/£259 for the most basic Land Rover Discovery Sport, £138/£276 for the entry-level Kia Sorento and £163/£327 for the Hyundai Santa Fe. The Nissan X-Trail gets much closer – at £96/£192 for petrol models and £100/£201 for diesel versions – however this is much smaller and less practical than the Skoda and feels like a cheaper car.

Skoda off-roader undercuts conventional diesel saloons

Even the cheaper Audi A4 saloon will weigh in more on tax over the Kodiaq, as does the Jaguar XE – with business drivers charged £94/£188 for the most frugal diesel versions of both cars.

However, those who don’t want the off-roader style of the Kodiaq could save themselves even more by opting for the larger Skoda Superb Estate.

The Superb Estate costs just £77/£154 to tax in entry-level 1.4 TSI 125 S petrol form and £79/£157 in 1.6 TDI 110 S spec. Choose an equivalent model to the Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 150 SE DSG and you can save yourself £13/£27 per month depending on tax band.

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