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 £21,053
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

264

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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.
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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.
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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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Can you recommend a large car to replace my Discovery 3?
"I currently drive a Land Rover Discovery 3 (2004), which I'm looking to replace. I need something with a big boot for 2 large dogs and capable of towing a caravan. I love my Discovery not only for its capability but how comfortable and easy it is on a long journey. I'm looking at up to three years old with a max budget of £22,500 and assume a diesel is still the best option. I doubt there is an electric vehicle that can fulfil my needs but would be pleased if you can suggest one! Any suggestions welcome."
If it's a small, lightweight caravan and you regularly cover short journeys, a petrol or hybrid might be a better option. Otherwise, stick with a diesel. We'd recommend a Skoda Kodiaq – your budget will get a 2017 model with a 2.0-litre diesel engine and four-wheel drive. It's got a big boot and will be cheap to run, while its 2000kg towing capacity is enough for a fairly hefty caravan. We'd also recommend a Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe.
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What does a Skoda Kodiaq (2016) cost?

Buy new from £21,053 (list price from £26,629)