Skoda Kodiaq Review 2022

Skoda Kodiaq At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Skoda Kodiaq is as good an all-rounder in 2022 as it was when it launched five years ago. It's nice to drive, easy to live with, solidly built and won't break the bank. While newer large SUVs might have glitzier tech and flashier looks, the humble Kodiaq still soldiers on as a sensible, practical and likeable family car.

+Quiet, comfortable and easy to drive. Practical, spacious and solid cabin. Good value for money. 2018 Car of the Year.

-Some of the best technology is only standard in top models. Seven seats not standard on base trim. Ride quality suffers on the larger wheel options.

New prices start from £21,495
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.

Ask Honest John

Can you recommend a 4x4 company car with good load carrying capacity?
"I am looking for a new company vehicle. I work in outdoor events - in the summer I am on green field sites across the country and in the winter I’m doing the meeting rounds with current and prospective clients. So I need something with a reasonably large load carrying capacity and some 4x4 capability to cope with rough tracks, uneven ground and serious mud. In an ideal world I’d like a reasonable fuel consumption. I’d also rather not be crippled by benefit in kind (BIK) tax. The most fit-for-purpose over the last 8 years was a Skoda Octavia Scout. I had a Passat Alltrack for a while which was ok but pricey on BIK. However, jacked up estates seem to be on the way out. I have looked at hybrids but most seem pointless as they have a very limited range on electric, are expensive on fuel, have load space limited by batteries, plus few places I stay have exterior sockets available for charging. I was seriously considering a double cab Mitsubishi or Nissan pick-up but then both pulled out of the UK market. One worry was the security of a hard top as I do carry some reasonably pricey kit around. I guess I’m looking for a workhorse that is reasonably comfortable, enjoyable to drive and doesn’t cost the earth to run. Does such a beast still exist?"
I don't think there's anything that'll tick all the boxes (good on fuel, low BIK and practical for your needs). You need to weigh up the compromises but, essentially, I think your options are: A pick-up truck like the Isuzu D-Max. There are fewer trucks on the market now, as you've mentioned, but the D-Max is a solid choice with a payload of more than 1000kg (important for low BIK). It won't exactly be car-like to drive, but it'll be well up to tackling rough tracks and muddy fields. High-spec models are fitted with luxuries such as cruise control and a reversing camera. A plug-in hybrid SUV like the Ford Kuga. This will be more comfortable than a truck and only marginally more to tax, but it'll be thirsty without regular charging. It's not as versatile as a truck, either. A diesel 4x4 such as the Skoda Kodiaq. Something like this will probably be the best tool for the job (with low fuel costs and impressive versatility) but, unfortunately, you're going to get stung on the BIK. My money would go on the truck.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which SUVs have the biggest boot?
"Could you tell me which SUVs have the largest boot space, please? "
For outright boot space, you probably won't beat something like a Land Rover Discovery. It has a huge 1137-litre boot when five seats are in use – although this drops to a paltry 258 litres when carrying seven people. For a more affordable alternative, consider a Skoda Kodiaq. Five-seat models can carry 835 litres of luggage, while the seven-seat version can take 765 litres when in five-seat mode.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend an SUV with a heated steering wheel?
"I am looking for a new car, preferably a medium-sized SUV, with a heated steering wheel. Can you let me know what makes and models I should be looking at? "
Volkswagen Tiguan, Skoda Kodiaq and SEAT Tarraco are all available with a heated steering wheel.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Which used car do you recommend for family life and towing a boat?
"We have a Volkswagen Caravelle as a day-camper and all-round family lugger ,and a MINI. My wife has a new job and will have to visit rural sites in the Lowlands and Highlands all year round. We need it to be a commuter and a family load hauler (including a dog) and to tow boats. We'd like to at least make a nod towards something a bit more environmentally acceptable but would have range anxiety about electric as the transport routes include B-roads and next to no dedicated road service stations. We live eight miles from the nearest town and have to cart our kids around in the evening too. What type and model would you recommend for a £17-£22K budget."
It probably depends on the weight of the boats you're looking to tow. I'd imagine you'd need something fairly grunty to tow a boat across rural Scotland... in which case, the nod to environmentalism might have to go out of the window. How about an SUV like the Skoda Kodiaq? It's a very practical car with plenty of space for the family (including the dog) – and if you buy one with the 2.0-litre diesel engine and four-wheel drive, it can tow up to 2000kg.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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