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Should you buy a Skoda Kodiaq?

Yes, you should. The Kodiaq is every bit the pragmatic choice you’d expect from Skoda as it’s keenly priced, spacious and well-specified. Whether you choose petrol, diesel, two- or all-wheel drive, running costs are also admirably low. Plus, the handsome styling helps make this one of the most desirable cars Skoda has ever produced.

List prices start lower than rivals, such as the Hyundai Santa FeLand Rover Discovery Sport and closely-related Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace – though most buyers will want to go for a mid-range model to get useful equipment such as sat-nav. At the time of writing, the only rival to strongly compete with the Kodiaq is the almost-identical SEAT Tarraco, due to it’s highly competitive finance offers, so that might be worth considering, too.

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What we like

Value for money is off the charts with the Kodiaq. It’s hard to logically pick another seven-seater for the same cash price.

Huge, and we mean huge boot.

Skoda dealerships have a good reputation for the service they provide and are often good value compared with other manufacturers, too. The Skoda network is also large, meaning that you shouldn’t have to travel far to find your nearest showroom.

What we don’t like like

While value for money is strong, finance deals are less appealing. This can change quickly though.

It has seven seats, but if you regularly house two adults in the rear two, you’ll probably want something else.

Which version is best for you

For a car so large – and capable of carrying so many passengers and luggage – it’s the two diesels that make the most sense, granting it reasonable acceleration and sufficient muscle at low engine speeds. The slick DSG automatic gearbox suits the car extremely well, too.

Unsurprisingly, the more powerful diesel and petrol options are less fazed by heavier loads and higher passenger counts, so they’re worth investigating if you want a quicker, more capable Skoda. The petrols are better if you cover fewer miles per year, but they’re smooth and responsive enough for most.

Unless you must have the sportiest looking Kodiaq, opting for a mid-range SE L Executive is the best bet. Not only do you get largely the same interior and equipment list, it’ll also be cheaper to buy and run for most users regularly covering longer distances.

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