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Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6

Seven-seat SUV appeals equally to heart and head

Skoda Kodiaq SUV Review Video
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PROS

  • Comfortable, practical interior
  • Very competitive list prices
  • Good roadholding and smooth ride
  • Modern kit and tech

CONS

  • Entry-level model is lacking desirable kit
  • Petrol models could do with more power
  • Manual gearbox is not the slickest
  • Interior is functional rather than special

At a glance

New price £26,075 - £43,445
Lease from new From £310 per month
Used price £13,575 - £37,520
Used monthly cost £335 - £925
Fuel economy 38 - 56 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £465
Insurance group 12 - 29 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Comfortable, practical interior
  • Very competitive list prices
  • Good roadholding and smooth ride
  • Modern kit and tech

CONS

  • Entry-level model is lacking desirable kit
  • Petrol models could do with more power
  • Manual gearbox is not the slickest
  • Interior is functional rather than special

Skoda Kodiaq SUV rivals

The Skoda Kodiaq is a full-size seven-seat off-roader without the full-size price tag – as it's available for substantially less than its Kia, Hyundai, Nissan and Land Rover rivals. Despite the attention-grabbing price, the Kodiaq is anything but a budget car and feels a rung or two above the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan X-Trail alternatives when it comes to equipment, quality, comfort and roadholding.

The more expensive Land Rover Discovery Sport gets much closer to the mark but still can’t match the Skoda’s practicality on the inside. As a result, part of the Skoda Kodiaq’s appeal comes from the fact that it feels like you're getting a much more expensive car for the money. It could easily wear a Volkswagen badge, for example, but it dramatically undercuts the Tiguan while simultaneously providing much more space and equipment. Setting the Kodiaq apart from many similarly priced alternatives is the possibility for seven seats, with a sliding middle row.

What kind of equipment is available?

Basic SE trim comes with plenty of kit, including rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, DAB and Bluetooth. SE L trim strikes a good balance with sat-nav, adaptive LED headlights, a powered tailgate and seven seats as standard.

Step up to the more expensive Edition grade and you'll benefit further from premium touches that include metallic paint, leather seats, a host of additional safety systems and wireless phone charging. Sportline and Scout models offer something for those seeking more style or off-road prowess respectively, while the top-spec vRS comes with high-end features such as a panoramic roof and an upmarket sound system. Finally, top-spec L&K models pile on the luxury.

2017 Skoda Kodiaq interior

Practicality a strong point

The Kodiaq is the one of the largest cars Skoda makes, and packed into its stylish body is room for seven across three rows of seats. The middle row slides with individual seats, while a pair of adults will just about fit in the third row without too much discomfort. 

The boot is a good size even with the third row in place - more so than in its rivals - while folding the seats into the floor frees up a vast amount of boot space. Finally, extra storage areas are abundant in the Kodiaq, with two gloveboxes, large door bins, big central area beneath the armrest and extra options to aid flexibility available on the options list.

What engines does it have?

The Kodiaq engine range currently consists of one petrol and three diesel options. Petrol power comes in the form of a DSG automatic-only 190hp 2.0-litre model with all-wheel drive.

Diesel choices include 150hp and 190hp 2.0-litre units. The 150hp model comes in two-wheel-drive automatic form, or you can pick from manual and automatic all-wheel-drive variants. The 190hp diesel engine is exclusively available with an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. For a car so large – and capable of carrying so many passengers and luggage – it’s the two diesels that make the most sense. The slick DSG automatic gearbox suits the car extremely well, too.

Skoda also offers a powerful twin-turbo diesel vRS version for drivers seeking something quicker. It puts out 239hp and is capable of 0-62mph in a swift 7.0sec. This engine, too, is only offered in conjunction with DSG and all-wheel drive.

If you want a petrol Kodiaq, there's a choice of 1.5-litre TSI with 150hp or 190hp 2.0-litre TSI with 4x4 and standard-fit DSG gearbox. These are better if you cover fewer miles per year, but they're smooth and responsive enough for most.

Skoda Connect with Amazon Alexa

In May 2018, Skoda announced that its Connect multimedia system – which features on the Kodiaq – will interface with Amazon's Alexa virtual personal assistant.  This means you can ask Alexa certain questions to find things out about your car. For example, you can check if you've left your headlights on, what the range is with your current fuel level or even where you've parked your car.

Read on for the full Skoda Kodiaq review

Skoda Kodiaq SUV rivals