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Skoda Kodiaq Review
- Big and practical interior
- Very competitive pricing
- Lots of clever detail touches
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Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 150 SE L DSG
Skoda Kodiaq - Overview
The Kodiaq is Skoda’s first large SUV. Available with either five or seven seats, the Kodiaq comes with front or four-wheel drive and a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, the most powerful of which is the 190hp 2.0 TDI diesel. The Kodiaq sits above the upcoming Karoq small crossover, the replacement for the Yeti, in Skoda’s SUV line-up.
What is the Skoda Kodiaq like to drive?
There’s no denying the Skoda is big, but it’s a car that belies its height and bulk very well from behind the wheel. It never feels unwieldy, and excellent visibility helps make it easy to pilot around town. The steering is set up to be on the light side, which also helps pick through town, and both the manual or automatic gearboxes do a great job of this. There’s barely any body roll given the high centre of gravity, and it rides very well, while refinement levels make for a pleasantly quite cruise.
The 150hp diesel engine is a great choice for those looking for the best economy, though upgrading to the 190hp version gives an extra bit of power for when it’s needed.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 1.4 TSI 125hp, 139-141g/km CO2 (28-29% BIK), 45.6-46.3mpg
- 1.4 TSI 150hp, 143-163g/km CO2 (29-33% BIK), 39.8-46.3mpg
- 2.0 TSI 180hp, 170g/km CO2 (35% BIK), 38.2mpg
- 2.0 TDI 150hp, 131-149g/km CO2 (30-33% BIK), 49.6-56.5mpg
- 2.0 TDI 190hp, 151g/km CO2 (34% BIK), 49.6mpg
- 6-speed manual
- 6-speed DSG automatic (1.4 150hp petrol)
- 7-speed DSG automatic (2.0 petrol and diesels)
Skoda Kodiaq trim levels explained
There are four trim levels with the Kodiaq, though on the price list there are two versions of the SE – either five seats or, for an extra £1,000, seven. Skoda has listed them separately, rather than it just being an option, to get the residual value benefit. This means that company car drivers not permitted to choose from the options list are able to go for the seven seats that are standard on SE L and above.
- DAB radio
- 17” alloy wheels
- Keyless start
- USB port
- Air conditioning
- 6.5” touchscreen
- Roof rails
SE (in addition to S)
- 18” alloys
- Rear parking sensors
- Automatic lights and wipers
- Cruise control
- Front and rear armrests
- Dual-zone climate control
- Rear privacy glass
- Glove box
SE L (in addition to SE)
- 19” alloys
- LED headlights and rear lights
- Heated front seats
- Satellite navigation
- Keyless entry and start
- Powered tailgate
- Heated electric folding mirrors
- Alcantara upholstery
Edition (in addition to SE L)
- Uprated 19” alloys
- Silver roof rails
- Metallic paint
- Leather upholstery
- Wireless phone charging
- Electric front seats
- Lane keep assist and blind spot detection
How to spec the Skoda Kodiaq
The SE L trim offers all the toys a company car driver would want, though those with children might appreciate spending £175 on the Children’s Pack, which brings manual roller blinds, rear door bins and electric child locks. The touch-free boot opening, which works with a swing of a foot under the bumper, is a clever feature at £175 on the top two trim levels that already get the powered boot and front parking sensors cost £350.
If the SE L is just a little beyond budget, it’s possible to add individual items that aren’t standard on the SE trim, such as heated front seats for £250, keyless entry for £200 and lumbar support for £125.
Skoda Kodiaq interior – what’s it like?
Skoda’s strength has traditionally been on the inside and the Kodiaq carries on that spaciousness and cleverness. There’s plenty of room for adults in the front five seats, though the back two, where fitted, are better for children where it might be a bit of a squeeze for adults.
Boot space is, typically for Skoda, plentiful at either 720 litres for the five-seater, or 630 litres with two seats folded into the boot floor.
Clever Skoda features appear as you go up the trim levels, with SE and above getting umbrellas in the door panel and SE L upwards getting a removable torch in the boot.
Skoda Kodiaq alternatives
Other models to consider include the Hyundai Santa Fe, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Nissan X-Trail and Kia Sorento.
Clever, very practical, efficient and well-priced, the Kodiaq is another success for Skoda and ticks the boxes for family transport. SE trim has all the essentials, but stepping up to SE L gives a well-kitted and very appealing seven-seat SUV.