Skoda Kodiaq

The Skoda Kodiaq is a five or seven seat mid sized SUV that shares the VW MQB platform with the smaller Volkswagen Tiguan and Seat Ateca.  The Kodiaq is 19.3cm longer, 4.3cm wider and 3.3cm taller than a Tiquan but the extra 11cm between the front and back wheels (wheelbase) means Skoda can squeeze in two extra seats, albeit only designed for carrying children. The second row however offers plenty of room, and because the seats sit on runners (60:40 split rather than the 40:20:40 of some rivals) it is possible to juggle leg room between passengers, please note only the two outside seats have Isofix points so three (modern) car seats is a no. Boot space is a reasonable 270 litres even with all seven seats in place, comparable to that found in a Ford Fiesta, drop the two rear seats and the space increases to 630 litres or if you opted for the 5 seat only car 720 litres, by comparison the Nissan X-Trail offers 550 litres of storage.


Considering its size, the Skoda Kodiaq is enjoyable to drive. Its steering is accurate and well controlled when cornering, yet not at the expense of comfort, as the Kodiaq’s suspension copes well with bumps. It’s not quite as smooth-riding as the Peugeot 5008, but it’s sharper as a result and the suspension also works better than the Nissan X-Trail’s.  The Kodiaq has been picking up awards since its launch in early 2017, Whatcar, TopGear and AutoExpress all awarding it best in class.


To Mobility customers the Kodiaq comes in three trims ‘S’, ‘SE’ and ‘SE-L’, the entry level car is well equipped with a 6.5 inch infotainment screen that is compatible with your smartphone (Carplay and Android Auto), DAB radio, automatic emergency braking, air conditioning, keyless entry and 17-inch alloy wheels. Moving up the SE brings 18 inch alloy wheels,  headlight washers, 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, four extra speakers, climate control, rear-parking sensors, auto lights and wipers and tinted rear windows. The SE-L had the delightful 9.2 inch ‘Columbus’ touchscreen with built in Sat Nav, 19 inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, Alcantara upholstery, heated front seats, foldable door mirrors and a powered tailgate.


A 123bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol is the entry level engine, best suited to short trips without a loaded car, the economy as a six speed manual is a claimed 46.3 mpg and 0-60 takes 10.2 seconds. Opt for the 1.4 tsi petrol with 148bhp and 60 can be reached in 9.3 seconds and a claimed economy of 44.8 mpg. This engine can be a front wheel drive DSG Automatic or in all wheel drive as a Manual or DSG Auto. The 178bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine has four-wheel-drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic and can hit 60 in 7.9 but economy dips to 38.2 mpg. Unless you are a low mileage user a diesel engine is better suited to a large car intended for carrying people and luggage, the 2.0 litre 148 bhp unit is a perfect match, 60mph in 9.9 seconds and an economy of 56.5 mpg as a front wheel drive automatic, as with the petrol engines, you can specify a manual gearbox if you choose four-wheel drive, this  decreases the fuel economy to 52.3 mpg. The Diesel Kodiaq is an excellent tow car (2018 Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year) as an all wheel drive Automatic the max towing weight increases from 2000kg to 2300kg. Prices remain high in Q3 for the Kodiaq, 5 seat petrol engines start at £1595 (S trim) and diesels at £2995 in SE 4WD. The Automatic cars are ‘DSG’ on the list. The 1.4 petrol engine is being updated to a 1.5 and availability is limited.