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Skoda Kodiaq Review 2021

If you're looking for a large SUV with space for up to seven, a plush interior, a wide range of engines and decent levels of comfort, check out the award-winning Skoda Kodiaq.

Available with five or seven seats, this family-friendly vehicle offers incredible value for money and is an attractive alternative to rivals such as Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Peugeot 5008.  

Our Skoda Kodiaq review covers:

Skoda Kodiaq Key Features

  • Striking exterior design inspired by the Skoda Superb
  • Available with five or seven seats
  • Wide range of engines with front or four-wheel-drive
  • A large boot of between 720 - 630 litres
  • Five trim levels, including the SE, SE Drive, SE L, Sportline and L&K

Design and Practicality

Heavily inspired by the Skoda Superb, the Kodiaq certainly looks the part of the road, with its angular stance, prominent grille, sharp dual headlight design and clamshell bonnet. At the rear, Skoda's trademark styling slices the boot lid in two, emphasising its stylish, squared-off taillights.

Skoda Kodiaq exterior

Inside, there's loads of storage space, including large door pockets and a cubby under the front armrest. Headroom is more copious than in the Peugeot 5008, but unlike the 5008, the second-row seats slide back and forth in a 60/40 split rather than individually. That said, you can recline all three backrests in the Kodiaq independently, and when you need more luggage space, they fold down in a functional 40/20/40 arrangement.

Five-seat versions have an enormous 720-litre boot, rising to 2,005 litres if you fold the rear seats, which can hold an impressive nine carry-on suitcases. The seven-seater Kodiaq has a slightly smaller boot 630 litres with five seats in place but shrinks considerably with bums on all seven seats. 

Interior and Trims

Inside, the Kodiaq's high-quality interior matches the Peugeot 5008 for quality and comfort with soft-touch materials and nicely damped buttons and switches. All models get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an optional interior light pack (standard on SE Drive) for adding interior ambience. 

There are five trim levels available, including the SE, SE Drive, SE L, Sportline and L&K. The entry-level SE comes with an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, cruise control, rear parking sensors and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The SE Drive adds a reversing camera, sat-nav and 19-inch alloy wheels, while the mid-spec SE L is arguably the pick of the range with its leather and microsuede upholstery, 9.2-inch touchscreen with sat-nav and Wi-Fi heated front seats, powered tailgate and 19-inch alloys. 

The top-of-the-range Sportline model gets a sporty styling pack and some motorsport-inspired interior touches. The flagship L&K trim gets a panoramic sunroof, front parking sensors, a chrome exterior grille, heated windscreen and Canton stereo. 

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, there's a useful range of engines to choose from. Except for the entry-level 1.5-litre petrol, all of the Kodiaq's engines are 2.0 litres in size, offering 150hp, 190hp or 200hp. Four-wheel drive is optional with the 150bhp engine and is standard with the more powerful engines. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is also fitted to most cars, although a six-speed manual gearbox is available with the 1.5-litre petrol.

Skoda Kodiaq interior

In terms of drive, despite its large size, the Kodiaq is surprisingly agile compared to its competitors. While its ride isn't as smooth as the Citroën C5 Aircross, it's less jarring over bumps than the Nissan X-Trail, and its light steering makes it easy to drive in traffic.  

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Skoda Kodiaq start from £33,450.00 OTR* or to lease from £285.71 per month.

Thinking of leasing the Skoda Kodiaq? Car leasing offers many benefits over buying, including fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and road tax and breakdown cover included. Nationwide Vehicle Contracts will also deliver your new Kodiaq for free and direct to your door, provided your address is situated on the GB mainland (exclusions apply). 

*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and typically includes one year’s road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Always check with the manufacturer. 

 

Customer Reviews

Skoda Kodiaq
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4.3 out of 5

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4.7 out of 5
Robert Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI Sport Line 4x4 DSG (7 Seat) MY23

Vehicle entertainment system keeps dropping out and restarting. Car fine other than that. Very good in snow.

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4.0 out of 5
Simon Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI Sport Line DSG (7 Seat)

Can be a bit sluggish setting off, sometimes takes a moment for the power to kick in which is annoying. And the in car entertainment system is a bit of a pain, takes a while to connect to phones, have to change things on the touch screen - things you can change on the steering wheel of other cars I've had. Things like not seeing what radio station you're on when you've got Android Auto on is a pain too. Space in the boot isn't great when the extra seats are up and not much room for the people on those back seats but space in rest of car is amazing.

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4.4 out of 5
Paul Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI SE L Executive DSG (7 Seat)

A very practical and comfortable car. I added the adaptive cruise control as an extra (standard on previous leased Tiguan), other than that everything I need in a car.

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3.9 out of 5
Gareth Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI Sport Line 4x4 DSG (7 Seat)

Issues since receiving the vehicle, including faulty headlight and infotainment system which are slow (if at all) to be resolved by the main dealer.

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4.3 out of 5
Paul Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI SE L Executive DSG (7 Seat)

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Richard Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI Sport Line 4x4 DSG (7 Seat)

This vehicle is everything I wanted it to be and would lease again when this lease is up

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5.0 out of 5
Anthony Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI Sport Line DSG (7 Seat)

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3.6 out of 5
Brian Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI Sport Line DSG (7 Seat) MY23

Generally not a bad car for the money, my only gripes are the technology. The DAB radio constant looses signal. Sat Nav is not the best. The smart phone link up drop in and out on the USB connection Just bits and pieces. Fuel economy is rubbish in comparison to what is "advertised"

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4.3 out of 5
Iain Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI Sport Line DSG (7 Seat) MY23

comfortable, handles well and 1.5 liter petrol engine surprisingly agile.

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4.7 out of 5
Stephen Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI Sport Line DSG (7 Seat)

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4.3 out of 5
Jamie Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI Sport Line DSG (7 Seat)

Good quality interior with a decent level of technology. Seating flexibility is very good. Only gripe would be slightly underpowered at 150bhp but this is minor.

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5.0 out of 5
Bernard Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI Sport Line DSG (7 Seat)

No real dislikes. Delighted with the vehicle and will be happy to put on excess mileage.

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4.7 out of 5
Simon Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI Sport Line DSG (7 Seat)

The quality standards are excellent. Comfort and trim levels make this excellent value for money.

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4.3 out of 5
Lawrence Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI SE DSG

It's a very comfortable car to drive, especially over long distances . Boot space is brilliant

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4.0 out of 5
Gavin Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI SE 4x4 DSG

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