Skoda Kodiaq Review 2024

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

What's the best petrol family car with a large boot?

"I have three children and would like a car that can give me good mileage but more importantly one with a big boot. I previously had a diesel and found that cutting down on motorway journeys meant my dpf filter egv valve was costly to replace. So now I want petrol as I have a budget of 21k and want a car that's 4-5 years old but also fairly new less than 40k mileage."
A Volkswagen Touran would be a very versatile choice. Your budget will get a 2019 example with the 1.0-litre or 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine - we'd recommend the latter if you can find one, it makes lighter work of shifting a car full of passengers. Alternatively, we'd recommend a Skoda Kodiaq. It's a very versatile family SUV available with seven seats and a frugal 1.5-litre petrol engine.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What SUV is suitable for a five-foot tall driver?

"What is the easiest SUV to drive for someone 5ft 3in? Access and visibility?"
We would suggest looking at cars like the Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq, the Kia Sportage and Sorento, and the Honda HR-V and CR-V. All of these medium and large SUVs offer good visibility and a wide range of seat adjustment, but we would also recommend that anyone who struggles to find a suitable driving position takes any potential vehicle for a test drive to ensure they can get comfortable behind the wheel.
Answered by David Ross

What's the best car for a tall elderly driver?

"With the ULEZ zone due to expand I need to change my diesel Toyota Corolla Verso for something compliant. The problem is I am 6ft 10 inches tall and have arthritis in my spine which makes getting in and out of a car difficult. I have looked at a lot of cars but find on the likes of a Honda CR-V and Honda Jazz there is not enough head room on the door aperture so I have to put my head in first and then shuffle onto the seat. I tried a Skoda Superb but the seat is too low for easy entry. Looking at mobility cars, it would seem that a Mercedes Vito or Sprinter are the only vehicles with suitable access but are too big for everyday use. Any thoughts on an alternative? I would prefer a petrol automatic as I don’t do many miles and it is usually in traffic."
Given the need for a high seating position for easy access and lots of headroom we would suggest an SUV would suit your needs best. We would recommend looking at the Skoda Kodiaq, BMW X5, Volvo XC90 or the Kia Sportage, all of which are available with petrol engines and automatic transmissions.
Answered by David Ross

How can I find my digital service record?

"How can I trace the service record for my Skoda Kodiaq? "
The best place to start is likely to be your local Skoda dealer, who should be able to look up the available service history on your Kodiaq as it is stored digitally. It gets a little more complicated if you car was serviced outside of the Skoda network as you would have to track down the previous owner or owners, but if this is required hopefully the V5 will give you the name and address of the previous owner.
Answered by David Ross
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