SKODA

SKODA KODIAQ DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 TDI 190 SE L 4x4 5dr DSG [7 Seat]

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2184 g/km

This Skoda Kodiaq breaks new ground for its brand and offers a well-priced, high quality alternative for buyers in search of a stylish mid-sized SUV with seven-seat versatility. Thoughtful design, a spacious cabin, efficient running costs and a range of distinctly Skoda 'Simply Clever' features are all among this model's attractions. So, will it win over buyers? Let's put this car to the test in top 2.0 TDI 190PS guise.

BREAKING NEW GROUND

Skoda's Kodiaq is the Czech brand's first seven-seater and its first full-sized SUV. Jonathan Crouch gets behind the wheel of the 2.0 TDI 190PS version.

Ten Second Review

This Skoda Kodiaq breaks new ground for its brand and offers a well-priced, high quality alternative for buyers in search of a stylish mid-sized SUV with seven-seat versatility. Thoughtful design, a spacious cabin, efficient running costs and a range of distinctly Skoda 'Simply Clever' features are all among this model's attractions. So, will it win over buyers? Let's put this car to the test in top 2.0 TDI 190PS guise.

Background

Ever since Skoda introduced its compact Yeti Crossover model back in 2009, many have wondered what a full-sized SUV from the Czech brand might be like. Well this is it, the Kodiaq, a contender that in true Skoda style, aims to offer more for less. Need convincing? What if we told you it's styled by the guy who did the Bugatti Veyron, it's tough enough to take on proper off road trails, it can be specified to drive itself in traffic and it's the lightest and therefore the most efficient car in its class. In short, you get the idea: Skoda certainly hasn't gone at this half-heartedly. But how strong a product have they actually created? Time to find out at the wheel of this 2.0 TDI 190PS variant.

Driving Experience

Even in the modern era, big spacious seven-seat SUVs have a reputation for handling with all the dynamic finesse of a Channel ferry. As do big Skodas. It's pleasantly surprising then, to find that the Kodiaq is actually quite an agile thing by class standards, its relatively light weight and rigid chassis delivering decent body control through the turns, though you'd better appreciate that if the steering felt more responsive. Another noticeable trait lies in the way that the freshly developed four-link rear suspension set-up provides a firm-ish quality of ride that's a world away from the soft floaty springing you'd get in the Czech brand's similarly priced Superb Estate. Plus you can improve it with an optional 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping package. This works through the settings of the 'Drive Mode Select' system, a package able to alter steering feel, throttle response and gearshift timings. The 4WD set-up, standard on the 2.0 TDI 190PS variant we're trying here, is the usual Volkswagen Group on-demand set-up that cuts in when lack of traction demands it. It's a system that comes with a selectable 'Off Road' mode that focuses all the car's electronic systems for 'off piste' use. That includes the operation of the newly-developed 7-speed DSG auto gearbox that you also have to have on the 190PS diesel model. The performance of this top variant should satisfy most, 62mph from rest occupying 9.1s en route to 129mph.

Design and Build

It turns out that Skoda's sharp, clean-cut design language translates very well into the kind of purposeful premium look required of a modern full-sized SUV. The Kodiaq's just 40mm longer than the Czech brand's Octavia family hatch, yet looks far larger, with striking styling supposed to convey an impression of protection and strength. Behind the wheel, the Kodiaq design team have delivered the classiest Skoda cabin yet made. Getting comfortable is easy and in the instrument binnacle large dials flank a useful central trip computer display. Much of the information this delivers can be more graphically provided by this classy centre-dash infotainment screen, provided in 8-inch form here but offered in 6.5-inch guise with lesser trim levels. Either way, an included Smartlink' system allows you to access the 'Apple CarPlay' or 'Android Auto'/'MirrorLink' systems and if you've a set-up fitted out with the Navigation/wi-fi package, you'll be able to make full use of the clever connectivity functions provided by the Czech brand's freshly developed 'Skoda Connect'app. This second row bench features all the versatility you'd want from this kind of seven-seat SUV, so the backrest reclines for greater comfort on long journeys and the base slides back and forth by up to 180mm. In the third row, you're quickly reminded that this is an SUV, not an MPV, the seats being really only suitable for children. When you're not using them, there's a decently-sized 630-litre boot, extendable to 2,005-litres with 2nd and 3rd rows folded.

Market and Model

Kodiaq pricing starts at around £22,000, but you'll need a £25,000 to £30,000 budget for the 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel engines that most buyers will want. The 2.0 TDI 190PS model we tried comes only in top-spec 'SE L' or 'Edition' trim and is priced between £3,000 and £35,500. With this engine, you have to have a 7-seat format, DSG auto transmission and 4-wheel drive. Even if you stick with 'SE L' spec, you'll get plenty of kit. That means 19-inch wheels, power-folding mirrors, Skoda's 'KESSY' keyless entry system, a powered tailgate and LED technology for the headlamps and tail lamps, with LEDs additionally used in front foglamps that turn with the bends. Inside, 'SE L' variants are marked out by Alcantara-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats and a 'Drive Mode Select' system that allows you to alter throttle response, steering feel and, on DSG auto models, gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. Plus at this level, you get a larger 8-inch 'Columbus' centre-dash touchscreen that incorporates navigation and in-car wi-fi. There's also a 'Skoda Connect' media connectivity app that allows you to access a whole range of web-based services that provide information on things like traffic congestion, fuel prices and parking availability, along with weather forecasts, online news, 'Points of Interest' services and access to Google Earth and Google Street View images.

Cost of Ownership

If you've decided on the 2.0 TDI engine, there's no real efficiency downside in choosing it in its most potent 190PS form - that's the Kodiaq we tried. Which means that the readings you get from this DSG automatic flagship variant - 49.6mpg on the combined cycle and 151g/km of CO2 - look decidedly impressive against those of comparable direct rivals like Kia's Sorento and Hyundai's Santa Fe. Fit those two Korean alternatives with an auto gearbox and you'll go around five fewer miles on every gallon and chug out around 25g/km more of CO2. We should also mention residual values, which is an area where Skoda usually performs surprisingly well. The Kodiaq is not going to upset that form, with industry experts predicting that volume 2.0 TDI diesel models should hold on to at least 50% of their original asking prices after the usual three year ownership period. Finally, while it's certainly true that other rivals better the three year 60,000 mile warranty that Skoda provides, you can extend your cover to four or five years by paying extra. Not that you really need to. The brand regularly tops independent consumer satisfaction surveys: according to real people, there are few more satisfying cars to own.

Summary

Skoda took its time in expanding its SUV line-up, but what it's delivered with this Kodiaq is a very complete product indeed. Comparably-priced rival seven-seat models simply can't compete with the quality, the practicality, the efficiency and the media connectivity on offer here. Would we buy it in this pricier 2.0 TDI 190PS guise? Probably not. For us, as for most buyers, ear-marking around £25,000 to £27,000 for a 2.0 TDI 150PS variant would make more sense. For that kind of outlay, you'd be getting a lot of car for the money. Overall, this test has confirmed our initial impressions on this Kodiaq. If you've a growing family, a sensible budget and a desire for the style of an SUV, it's a contender you can't ignore.

  • Heated rear window
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Sunset privacy glass
  • Aero rear window wiper
  • Aero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function
  • Electric front and rear windows
  • Black electric window control buttons

  • Electronic parking brake with hill hold control
  • Emergency rear braking signal
  • ESC (incl. ABS+MSR+ASR+EDS+HBA+DSR+RBS+MKB)
  • Front assist includes AEB city/urban
  • Rear disc brakes

  • Bluetooth system

  • Speed limiter

  • ECO Stop/start function
  • Map care

  • USB C Port x 2 in front centre console
  • Columbus satellite navigation with 9.2" touch screen and integrated Wi-Fi + WLAN and web radio
  • Exterior temperature indicator
  • Digital voice enhancement
  • SmartLink plus

  • Automatic dimming door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors

  • DVD System
  • Bolero Radio
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Front and Rear door steps
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Invisible tailpipe
  • Radiator grille frame in black with chrome strip
  • Black wheel arch surrounds
  • Safety reflectors on front and rear doors
  • Without engine designation

  • LED third brake light in rear spoiler
  • LED rear fog light
  • Full LED Headlights with adaptive front light system and LED daytime running lights
  • Headlight washers
  • LED front fog lights with static cornering light function
  • Light assistant (coming home/tunnel light)
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights

  • Pollen filter

  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Manually adjustable steering column
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • 4 lashing points on luggage floor
  • Overhead glasses storage compartment
  • 12V socket in boot
  • 2 rails with 2 hooks including 4 hooks for net programme
  • Covered storage compartment on driver side
  • Illuminated and cooled glovebox
  • Roll up luggage compartment cover with intermediate position
  • Umbrella in door panel
  • Cargo storage compartments
  • Gear shift lever with chrome frame and black gloss insert
  • Chrome headlight control button
  • 4 foldable roof handles with rear coat hooks
  • Coat hooks on B pillar
  • Net programme in boot (1x horizontal Net, 2x vertical Nets)
  • Small Bags on the inner sides of the front backrests
  • Ticket holder on A Pillar
  • Front and rear door armrest with black adductor trim
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment, cup holder and 12V socket
  • Storage compartment in lower middle instrument panel with closing
  • Bottle holders in door panel in the 1.5 litre front and 1 litre rear
  • Centre console with open storage box, cup holder and 12V socket

  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Front courtesy lights

  • Chrome pack - Kodiaq

  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Front side airbags
  • Fuel cut off safety device
  • Two tone horn
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Auto door release and activation of warning lights
  • Front and rear three point safety belt on all seats
  • Tailgate unlocking from outside
  • Safety vest holder in door
  • Warning lights in front doors
  • Head and knee airbags
  • Seat belt reminder for all seats
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch

  • Isofix child seat fittings in outer rear seats with top tether
  • Three rear height adjustable headrests
  • Front and rear height adjustable headrests
  • 60:40 foldable rear seat with sliding adjustment and backrest angle adjustment

  • Alarm with interior monitoring and tilt sensor with safe function
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Keyless entry and start system (KESSY)

  • CO2 (g/km): 145
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.054
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 224
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 184
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 224
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 239
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 206
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 199
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 184

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 81
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 95.5
  • CC: 1968

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 44.1
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 56.5
  • EC Combined (mpg): 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 31
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 37.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.6

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 23E
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 140000
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 92
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 77
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 54
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE L
  • Coin Description: TDI 190 4X4
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1900
  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.6
  • Top Speed: 129
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: SIRIUS
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/50 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2087
  • Height: 1659
  • Height (including roof rails): 1680
  • Length: 4697
  • Width: 1882
  • Wheelbase: 2791

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1740
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2486
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 61
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 270
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 746
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 2005
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6

  • Heated windscreen with heated windscreen washer nozzles: £345

  • Textile floor mats: £85
  • Textile floor mats with lounge step coverage in middle row: £145

  • Dynamic Chassis Control including drive mode select and off-road function: £1,030

  • Tablet holder: £55

  • Personalisation of drive mode selection: £45
  • Rear view camera with full LED rear lights: £405
  • Camera based traffic sign recognition: £90
  • Drive mode selector: Included
  • Lane assist and blind spot detection: £980
  • Power assist steering: Included
  • Cruise control: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £500
  • Progressive power assisted steering: £1,085
  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Park assist steering with front/rear parking sensors: £330

  • Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" digital display: £470
  • Driver alert with fatigue sensor: £50
  • Electrically operated boot with Kick activation (Virtual Pedal): £210
  • Colour multifunction trip computer: Included
  • USB C port by rear view mirror for charging only: £125
  • Travel assist: £1,000
  • Travel Assist and Park Assist: £1,850

  • Piano black dash inserts: Included

  • Canton sound system: £420
  • 8 speakers: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Black roof rails: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £595
  • Special paint finish: £595
  • Silver roof rails: £180
  • Panoramic sunroof: £1,205
  • Exclusive paint: £975

  • LED rear lights with high functionality: Included
  • High beam assist: £205

  • Tri zone climate control: £310
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning with humidity sensor and control: Included

  • Microsuede cloth/leather upholstery: Included
  • Black roof headlining: £0
  • Manual roller blinds for rear windows: £205
  • Drawers under driver and front passenger seats: Included
  • Folding tables on the front seat backrests: £130
  • Grey headlining: Included
  • Variable boot floor: Included
  • Leather upholstery: £350
  • Aluminium pedals: £105
  • Waste bin in door panel: £30
  • 2 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel: £160
  • Partition net screen: £160
  • 2 spoke multi-function leather steering wheel: Included
  • 2 spoke leather heated multifunction steering wheel with DSG paddles: £255

  • Front reading lights: Included
  • Rear reading lights: Included

  • Smokers pack: £35
  • Non Smokers pack: Included
  • Sleep Pack - Kodiaq: £325
  • Rough Road pack - Kodiaq: £305
  • Area view camera pack - Kodiaq: £1,890
  • LED Interior Light pack - Kodiaq SE L / Edition: £205
  • Area view camera plus pack with trailer assist and electrically folding tow bar - Kodiaq: £3,210
  • Area view camera plus pack with Park assist, trailer assist and electrically folding tow bar - Kodiaq: £3,920
  • Family pack - Kodiaq: £180

  • Metallic - Business grey: £595
  • Metallic - Moon white: £595
  • Metallic - Magnetic brown: £595
  • Metallic - Brilliant silver: £595
  • Metallic - Race blue: £595
  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £595
  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £595
  • Metallic - Emerald Green: £595

  • Pearl - Black magic: £595

  • Solid - Energy blue: £0

  • Special paint - Meteor grey: £595
  • Special paint - Candy white: £595
  • Exclusive paint - Velvet red: £975
  • Exclusive paint - Crystal black: £975

  • Crew protection assist and rear side airbags: £500

  • Ventilated front seats: £660
  • Manual lumbar support for driver and front passenger: Included
  • Rear seat backrest release: £95
  • Height adjustable front seats: Included
  • Heated front and rear seats: £215
  • Heated front seats: Included
  • Isofix attachment on front passenger seat: £45
  • Electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function and lumbar support: £580
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support and memory function: £1,030

  • Towbar preparation: £190
  • Electrically folding towbar with adaptor: £890

  • Leather - Black: £350
  • Leather - Black/Beige: £350

  • Microsuede cloth/leather - Black: £0

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors: Included

  • 19" Triglav gloss black alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts: £220
  • 19" Triglav alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts: £0
  • 19" Sirius alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts: Included

  • Temporary steel space saver spare wheel with tool kit and jack (145/85 R18): £155
  • Tyre repair kit with compressor: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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