Skoda Kodiaq (2016) Review

Skoda Kodiaq (2016) At A Glance

5/5

+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 £21,058
Insurance Groups are between 12–23
On average it achieves 82% 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.

 

Real MPG average for a Skoda Kodiaq (2016)

RealMPG

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

82%

Real MPG

24–51 mpg

MPGs submitted

266

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Why is it more expensive to insure electric cars?
"The quotes to insure my Nissan Leaf are generally much higher than those to insure my Skoda Kodiaq. Is this a disincentive to buying electric cars and could it put people off buying them?"
There are a number of factors that go into insurance policy pricing. Other than the obvious things like power and acceleration, insurance pricing can also be based on things like how many cars are stolen in your local area. For example, if the Leaf is recorded as a more at-risk (of theft) vehicle, that could factor into the premium. Other factors include the value of the vehicle (electric vehicles cost more, generally), the ease of finding a professional qualified to repair the model (there are far fewer qualified technicians for EVs than ICE cars), and the cost and availability of parts. There's also a matter of insurance history. Petrol and diesel cars have been around yonks, but EVs haven't — meaning up until recently, there wasn't much for insurance providers to go on. If you look at the torque stats for, say, a Tesla Model 3 Performance model — it accelerates much faster than a conventional petrol. If there's not a long insurance history that shows what drivers of EVs do with said EVs, insurers have to price the policies based on expectations. It's only in the last few years that EVs have become more mainstream, allowing for more of an insurance history on electric vehicles. Lastly, higher premiums for EVs aren't always the case. 2020 marked a tipping point for EV owners, with new data from two of the largest price comparison sites showing that EVs are now consistently cheaper to insure than their petrol and diesel counterparts. Examining insurance trends from GoCompare, we found Nissan Leaf drivers paid £394 per year (on average) in 2020, while owners of the smaller and cheaper to buy Ford Fiesta were charged £550 for their yearly premiums across all petrol and diesel models. This is compared to 2019, which saw Nissan Leaf drivers pay on average £424 for their yearly premiums, while drivers of the smaller Ford Fiesta paid £602. You can read the full story on our parent site, heycar, here: https://heycar.co.uk/blog/electric-cars-cost-less-to-insure-than-petrols-and-diesels On a separate note, you may find that using an electric vehicle-specific insurer gets you a much better deal as they will offer an incentive. A number of established insurance companies have specialist policies available for electric car owners. There are also a few bespoke electric car insurers. These specialists will have a better understanding of how accurately price your insurance cover, while some may offer a discount as an incentive, too. I know that Admiral and LV have their own specialist EV policies. However, it may also be worth your time to look into a specialist like PlugInsure.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
I'd like something that's fun to drive, good looking and reliable. Any suggestions?
"My 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport will be 3 years old in July, with about 20k miles on the clock. I usually change my car every 3 years when they go out of warranty. Generally, I've been happy with it apart from a couple of minor issues, but I've been very disappointed with the dealer service. My budget is up to £40K and I would prefer a high-riding, comfortable car with good rear load space for my band gear. I would like something with a decent warranty that's fun to drive, good looking and reliable. Any suggestions?"
How about a Volvo XC60? It's a really comfortable alternative to the Discovery Sport. Consider a pre-registered model to make your money go further. A BMW X3 is another strong option, especially as you're after something that's fun to drive. If you're looking at mainstream brands, too, we'd recommend a Volkswagen Tiguan or Skoda Kodiaq. Both are very practical.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What are the best medium-sized SUVs with 1800kg towing capability?
"Could you please advise me which are the best three medium SUV tow cars with 1800kg capability? I currently tow with a Kia Sorento, which is marvellous but is now too high off the ground for easy access by my wife who has developed mobility difficulties. I should be looking to buy secondhand with a budget of around £22,000. Many thanks."
We'd recommend a Skoda Kodiaq. It's a very capable tow car with all models capable of lugging up to 1800kg. Also consider another Kia Sorento or a premium alternative like the BMW X3.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best SUV for £22,000 or less?
"I have a budget of £22,000 for a used or new SUV. It must have an automatic gearbox with a petrol or hybrid powertrain. The boot size must also be at least 550 litres or above. Other requirements include sat nav, climate control, cruise control and passenger space for five adults. What do you suggest I buy?"
A Skoda Kodiaq is a great option – a former Honest John Car of the Year and an excellent used purchase. We'd also recommend the Peugeot 5008. It's a very spacious and modern SUV with a huge boot. Go for the 1.2-litre petrol and it'll be cheap to run, too.
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What does a Skoda Kodiaq (2016) cost?

Buy new from £21,058 (list price from £26,634)