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Seven-seat SUV appeals equally to heart and head

Skoda Kodiaq SUV Review Video
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At a glance

New price £26,270 - £43,890
Lease from new From £266 p/m View lease deals
Used price £12,875 - £36,185
Used monthly cost £321 - £903
Fuel Economy 30.1 - 47.9 mpg
Road tax cost £150 - £475
Insurance group 12 - 29 How much is it to insure?


  • Comfortable, practical interior
  • Very competitive list prices
  • Good roadholding and smooth ride
  • Modern equipment and technology


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

Skoda Kodiaq SUV rivals

Written by Lawrence Cheung on

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 radio, Bluetooth and a choice of five or seven seats. SE Drive adds seven seats as standard, larger alloy wheels, sat-nav, rear-view camera and front parking sensors.

SE L trim strikes a good balance, adding a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen, adaptive LED headlights, and a powered tailgate.

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.

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 two petrol and three diesel options. Petrol power comes in the form of a 150hp 1.5-litre TSI or 190hp 2.0-litre TSI - the latter is only available as an automatic with four-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.

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.

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.

So, this is an up-to date SUV with great practicality and a sensible price list. But the oppposition is tough – is the Skoda the one to have for your money?

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Skoda Kodiaq including its practicality, comfort, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Skoda Kodiaq SUV rivals