Skoda Kodiaq Review 2022
Skoda Kodiaq At A Glance
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 as our review shows. 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.
Skoda has built a well-earned reputation for building cars that tick all the rational boxes. The Kodiaq is perhaps the best example of the breed, with a roomy and practical cabin, a quality feel and a complete driving experience. All for a price that's than the majority of its rivals.
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 diesel, while there's also 1.5 TSI or 2.0 TSI petrol otpions. Whatever engine you opt for, noise is very well suppressed – but if you regularly carry a full load of people and luggage we’d recommend avoiding the base 1.5 TSI 150PS. Most buyers not put off diesel will choose the quiet, punchy 150PS 2.0 TDI which has official fuel economy of nearly 50mpg.
On the road the Kodiaq is pretty 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 and Peugeot 5008, while there's the slightly larger and pricier Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento – but we think as an all-rounder the Kodiaq beats all three, offering better value. Factor in the relaxed drive, safety gear and convenience technology and it’s clear why it's near the top of our list of best SUVs.
Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Skoda Kodiaq review.