SKODA

SKODA KODIAQ ESTATE 1.5 TSI SE L 5dr DSG [7 Seat]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2165 g/km

Skoda has established itself in the mid-sized SUV segment with this Kodiaq, a model now usefully upgraded with a smarter look, both inside and out, and some more efficient engines. You can still have seven seats and four wheel drive. And, whatever spec is chosen, you still get class-leading passenger space. It can still tow up to 2.5-tonnes too - and has one of the largest boots in the class. In other words, you'd have to take this contender seriously.

KODIAQ ATTACK

Skoda shook up the family mid-sized 7-seat SUV sector with its spacious Kodiaq SUV. Now that model's been usefully improved. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Skoda has established itself in the mid-sized SUV segment with this Kodiaq, a model now usefully upgraded with a smarter look, both inside and out, and some more efficient engines. You can still have seven seats and four wheel drive. And, whatever spec is chosen, you still get class-leading passenger space. It can still tow up to 2.5-tonnes too - and has one of the largest boots in the class. In other words, you'd have to take this contender seriously.

Background

The Kodiaq was the car that launched Skoda as an SUV brand, launched back in 2016, with 600,000 worldwide sales achieved since. It paved the way for the two subsequemt smaller Skoda crossover models, the mid-sized Karoq and the smaller Kamiq. And has now been usefully updated. The Czech brand hasn't set out to alter a winning formula here, but the cabin now feels a bit more up-market, there are some more luxurious options offered and the engines are the latest, more efficient VW Group units. Plus the vRS sporting range topper switches from diesel to TSI petrol power. As before, you can have front or four wheel drive; and/or 5 or seven seats. Lots to talk about then.

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. There have been a few changes on the engine front with this revised Kodiaq, with nearly all powerplants mated to 7-speed DSG auto transmission. The two TDI diesel units look much the same but are actually completely new, from the VW Group's latest EVO range, developing either 150PS or 200PS and featuring 'twin dosing' technology for cleaner emissions. As before, the entry-level powerplant is Skoda's familiar 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol unit with 150PS. There's also a 2.0 TSI variant with 190PS. TSI petrol power also now features in the top vRS sporting model, which previously used a twin turbo diesel. Now, the Kodiaq vRS features a 245PS version of the 2.0 TSI petrol poweplant, which is 60kgs lighter than the outgoing TDI and offers 5PS more. As before, across the range, there's an optional 'Driving Mode Select' system enables the driver to tweak throttle response, steering feel and auto gearshift timings, plus on 4x4 versions there's a 'Snow' setting that optimises things for off road use. Front wheel drive is mandatory on base petrol and diesel Kodiaqs and optional on the 1.5 TSI 150PS or 2.0 TDI 150PS derivatives. Most will want 4WD though and you have to have it on top petrol and diesel units.

Design and Build

Visual changes to this up[dated model are subtle. You get a redesigned, more upright Skoda grille, now flanked by headlamps that feature full-LED beans across the range. there are also resytyled bumpers, smarter alloy wheel designs and a new gloss black rear spoiler above LED rear tail lamps. As before, this Czech SUV has a clear, precise and clean-cut shape marked out by a distinctive, highly recessed shoulder line. The Kodiaq was one of the biggest VW Group models to be spun off the conglomerate's MQB platform. It's around 4.7m in length and the long wheelbase and short overhangs point to a large interior. That's certainly what you get once you take a seat inside. This is a significantly bigger SUV than the brand's other mid-sized SUV, the 5-seat Karoq, with ample room for heads, legs and knees. Changes with this improved model include smarter finishing and the option of massaging and ventilating seats, as well as a more sophisticated audio system upgrade. The central infotainment screen (as before of an 8-inch standard size) can be up to 9.2-inches in size and the media monitors now feature Skoda's 'Laura'-enabled voice-activation set-up. This model can also now be equipped with a 10.25-inch 'Virtual Cockpit' instrument binnacle screen. As before, there's plenty of middle seat room, with sliding, reclining seats. And there's still the option of having a third seating row. If you stick with the five-seat variant, there's a 720-litre cargo area, extendable to 2,065-litres once you fold the rear bench. If the optional folding front passenger seat is chosen, this SUV can transport items up to 2.80m long. An electrically operated tailgate is available, and a Kodiaq fitted with the TDI/DSG/4x4 drivetrain can tow a trailer weighing up to 2.5-tonnes. It's all very practical.

Market and Model

There are six trim levels - 'S', 'SE', 'SEL', 'Sportline', 'L&K' and 'vRS'. Prices start from just over £27,000 for a base petrol variant but if you want 4WD or almost any kind of diesel, you're going to be spending in the £30,000 to £35,000 bracket - or more. That's about the same kind of money you'd need for obvious family SUV rivals that offer a 7-seat options, cars like Kia's Sorento and Peugeot's 5008. Comparable mid-sized 7-seat SUV models like Land Rover's Discovery Sport and Hyundai's Santa Fe will cost you more. New options available with this revised model include bigger 20-inch wheels, Matricx intellident LED headlamps, cooled massaging front seats, a 'Virtual Cockpit' 10.25-inch instrument binnacle display screen and an enhanced Canton sound system. You might also want to look at upgraded the centre-dash infotainment screen from 8.0 to 9.2-inches. There's also the opportunity of using a 'Skoda Connect' package that gives you various online services, remote access to your car via a downloadable app and a 'Care Connect' system that provides emergency assistance. As for safety, well a 'Front Assist including City Emergency Brake' system is standard, using a radar to scan the road ahead for potential accident hazards as you drive. Adaptive Cruise Control, a 'Driver Alert' system to combat fatigue and a 'Traffic Jam Assist' system are all optional.

Cost of Ownership

Family-sized SUVs used to be thirsty things, but things have had to improve a lot as this market segment has become more popular. The efficiency performance of this Kodiaq illustrates that very well. All the diesel and petrol engines on offer here feature turbocharged direct injection and fulfil EU6d-TEMP emission standards. As you'd expect, all the powerplants feature a Stop-Start system, brake energy recovery and a powerful thermo-management set-up, contributing to low consumption. As a result, the 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG model manages up to 52.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 141g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. The 1.5 TSI 150PS variant manages up to 42.8mpg and 150g/km. The 1.5 TSI 150PS petrol unit uses the VW Group's 'ACT' (or 'Active Cylinder Technology') system that shuts down the second and third cylinders when the load and engine speed are low. The top-of-the-range 2.0 TSI petrol engine can't match that kind of cleverness, but it does feature a clever combustion process for high efficiency. All the usual measures are in place to improve frugality, including an 'Eco' mode on the 7-speed auto gearbox that allows the Kodiaq to coast at speeds above 12mph when the driver takes their foot off the accelerator. The all-wheel drive set-up is optimised for efficiency too, using a control system that when in overrun or at low load, directs drive via the front axle, which saves fuel.

Summary

Skoda took its time in bringing us a larger family-sized SUV but what's been delivered with this Kodiaq is a very complete package. The 7-seat option is particularly popular and most customers tend to choose to specify this car in a version that gives them 4WD. You'd certainly have to be quite addicted to badge snobbery to choose a pricier Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace over this Czech contender, the Tiguan after all, using exactly the same engineering and offering less interior space. Otherwise, all the things that have made Skoda's smaller Crossover models so appealing also apply here. You get 'Simply Clever' design features, decent levels of efficiency and a car built to stand the test of time. We think the Kodiaq will continue to be a familiar sight on our roads.

  • 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 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
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Invisible tailpipe
  • Radiator grille frame in black with chrome strip
  • Black wheel arch surrounds
  • Safety reflectors on front and rear doors

  • 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
  • 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
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment, cup holder and 12V socket
  • Storage compartment in lower middle instrument panel with closing
  • Front and rear door armrest with black adductor trim

  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Front courtesy lights

  • Chrome pack - Kodiaq

  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Front side airbags
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Fuel cut off safety device
  • Two tone horn
  • 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): 138
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.022
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 213
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 179
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 210
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 226
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 180
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 168
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 201
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 188
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 165

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 85.9
  • CC: 1498

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 38.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 53.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 34
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.3

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 18E
  • 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: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE L
  • Coin Description: TSI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.7
  • Top Speed: 125
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • 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: 1549
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2246
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 270
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 697
  • 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
  • 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
  • Power assist steering: Included

  • Electrically operated boot door: Included

  • 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
  • Partition net screen: £160
  • 2 spoke multi-function leather steering wheel: Included
  • 2 spoke leather heated multifunction steering wheel with DSG paddles: £255
  • 2 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel: £160

  • 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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