Skoda Kodiaq (2016) Review

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Skoda Kodiaq (2016) At A Glance

Very quiet, comfortable and easy to drive. Practical, spacious cabin. Good value for money. 2018 Honestjohn.co.uk Car of the Year.

Some of the best technology is only standard in top models. Seven seats not standard on lower trim levels. Smaller petrols feel underpowered. Becomes hard riding and vague on low profile tyres.

New prices start from £28,570, brokers can source from £20,911
Contract hire deals from £242.32 per month
Insurance Groups are between 12–23
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

The Skoda Kodiaq is everything a family car should be. Comfortable, spacious, affordable, well-equipped, practical and safe, it’s almost impossible to pick fault with. In fact, if you’re looking for a new petrol or diesel SUV with five or seven seats, we think it’s probably the best choice you can make.

Having said that, if you opt for the seven-seat model be aware that those back two seats are for 'occasional' use at best. Access is tight and they’re quite small, with no Isofix mounting points. They do fold flat into the floor, though – leaving a huge and extremely practical boot in five-seat configuration, with ample leg and head room in the back row for adults to sit in comfort.

The Kodiaq is impressive up front too with a comfortable driving position and excellent build quality. The dashboard inlays, plastics and switchgear all feel plush yet sturdy enough to survive years of family car life and there’s a good level of equipment.

This includes an easy-to-use touchscreen system on all models, featuring smartphone connectivity. There’s also plenty of safety tech as standard, including auto emergency braking.

The most popular engine is the 2.0 TDI while there's also a 1.5 TSI petrol or a 2.0 TSI. Whatever engine you opt for, noise is very well suppressed – but if you regularly carry a full load we’d recommend avoiding the basic 1.5 TSI 150PS. Most buyers not put off diesel will choose the quiet, punchy 150PS 2.0 TDI which has official NEDC fuel economy of up to 56.5mpg.

On the road the Kodiaq is incredibly quiet, extremely comfortable and very easy to drive, despite its size. Ride quality is good and the handling is neat and predictable, if not all that exciting. Most of the engines can be paired to an all-wheel drive system, so the Kodiaq can cope with a bit of off-roading, but it’s better to think of the 4x4 versions as all-weather, rather than all-terrain.

If you need a family SUV and you don’t want to spend a fortune, it’s hard to go wrong with the Skoda Kodiaq. For similar money you can also get the Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento – but we think as an all-rounder the Kodiaq beats all three, since it feels like a higher quality, better value car. Factor in the relaxed drive, safety gear and convenience technology and it’s a clear winner.

 

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Real MPG average for a Skoda Kodiaq (2016)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

81%

Real MPG

25–50 mpg

MPGs submitted

226

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

Full Electric, petrol or a Hybrid but twith 7 seats
A family member has a diesel Ford S-MAX. It's nearing time for a newer model and they require seven seats. They have always liked the Ford but London has begun discriminating against diesel. They cover around 12,000 miles per year with some milage inside London and frequent return trips to Maidstone. Occasional trips to Scotland too. What petrol, electric or hybrid seven-seater do you recommend?
The Skoda Kodiaq is our seven-seater of choice. It's an SUV, available with 1.5- and 2.0-litre petrol engines. If your family member would prefer a people carrier like the S-MAX, we'd recommend a Toyota Prius+. It's a very reliable hybrid MPV. Also consider a petrol Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Is the Ford Edge a good buy?
I'm thinking about buying a diesel Ford Edge but I wanted to know if it's a good car. Will it depreciate a lot?
There are better options. Ford stopped selling the Edge in the UK last year due to slow sales. As such, it'll probably depreciate quite heavily. We'd recommend an alternative like a Skoda Kodiaq, Peugeot 5008 or Hyundai Santa Fe.
Answered by Andrew Brady
I have four children. Can you suggest a large, good value family car?
I have four children, three of which are teenagers. We currently have a BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer - which has been excellent. However, we are now at the stage of needing a bigger car/van. Having looked around there is so much choice: Ford Tourneo Custom, Peugeot Traveller and its variants, and of course the Volkswagen Transporter. I'm looking for the best value for money and economy. Which vehicle is best for such things, plus road tax, monthly payments and resale value? Should I buy new or secondhand? Thanks.
Cars registered after 1 April 2017 are taxed against a flat VED rate of £150 per year. This means you can get a decent sized seven-seater with low running costs, as long as you avoid models that were priced above £40,000 when new (which attracts an additional £325): https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cheap-road-tax/ My recommendations would be the Kia Sorento or the Skoda Kodiaq. Both get three rows of seats that will accommodate your four children. They are also good to drive and finished to a high standard inside.
Answered by Dan Powell
Dealers seem to be very unhelpful about ordering a new car, what's going on?
I want to order a new Skoda Kodiaq. You'd think that Skoda dealers would be biting my hand off post-lockdown, but no. They don't know what models they can order and they don't know what delivery date they can offer me. I went onto the Skoda UK online chat and they say all models are available to order. Do you know what the heck is going on? Are they discontinuing certain variants? Are they changing the Kodiaq for the 2021 model year? Thanks.
This is most-likely down to the COVID-19 lockdown. Factories are only just starting to resume full production and it'll take sometime for things to get back to normal. Some carmakers are already quoting six-month lead times for factory orders: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/coronavirus/2020-06/coronavirus-new-car-buyers-face-long-delays-as-lockdown-eases
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Skoda Kodiaq (2016) cost?

Buy new from £20,911 (list price from £26,810)
Contract hire from £242.32 per month
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