SKODA

SKODA KODIAQ DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 TDI Laurin + Klement 4X4 5dr DSG [7 Seat]

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2165 g/km

Skoda has established itself in the mid-sized SUV segment with this Kodiaq, a model with class-leading passenger space, plenty of luxurious touches and the option of seven seats. It can tow up to 2.5-tonnes and has the largest boot in the class too. In other words, you'd have to take this contender seriously.

KODIAQ ATTACK

Skoda has shaken up the family mid-sized 7-seat SUV sector with this spacious Kodiaq model. Jonathan Crouch drives it

Ten Second Review

Skoda has established itself in the mid-sized SUV segment with this Kodiaq, a model with class-leading passenger space, plenty of luxurious touches and the option of seven seats. It can tow up to 2.5-tonnes and has the largest boot in the class too. In other words, you'd have to take this contender seriously.

Background

You'd certainly think there was a place for Skoda in the segment for larger family-sized SUVs. The brand's smaller Yeti model did, after all, establish the brand's Crossover credentials amongst buyers interested in more compact versions of this kind of car, formulating a presence in the segment that the Czech brand has since built upon, first of all back in 2016 with the launch of this mid-sized 5-to-7-seat Kodiaq model. It utilises the same MQB platform that Volkswagen's Tiguan Allspace and SEAT's Tarraco use in this segment. The Kodiaq though, is slightly more affordably priced than both those models. Add in efficient engines, lots of clever design touches and up-to-the-minute media connectivity and a strong package is in prospect.

Driving Experience

The mainstream Kodiaq engine range is built around three TDI diesel units and a further couple of TSI petrol powerplants. Most will want the 2.0-litre TDI unit, offered with either 150 or 200PS, with the pokier version able to accelerate this large SUV to 62mph in 8.6s on the way to 130mph. The range of petrol engines consists of a couple of TSI units. The entry-level 1.5 TSI generates 150PS and 250Nm of pulling power. The top-of-the-range 2.0 TSI petrol engine develops 190PS with a decent 320Nm of torque. It'll be a rare choice though. Possibly of more interest than the engines on offer will be the 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox, an option to the standard 6-speed manual with some variants. 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 that must also be coupled with the auto transmission.

Design and Build

The Kodiaq's styling conforms to the way you'd expect a big Skoda SUV to look, with a clear, precise and clean-cut shape marked out by a distinctive, highly recessed shoulder line. The wide, three-dimensional radiator grille is quite striking and the narrow, raked headlights look distinctive appearance. 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. The boot's huge too, large enough in fact to accommodate the optional fold-out third seating row that many rival mid-sized Crossovers can't offer. 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 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

Prices start from just over £26,000 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. 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. If you've more to spend, there's a more overtly SUV-orientated 'Scout' model, priced from just over £37,000. Even on models lower in the line-up, equipment levels are quite generous. Entry-level variants get Skoda's 'Bolero' infotainment system. It gets smartphone Bluetooth connection and the 'Skoda SmartLink' set-up. 'SmartLink' supports the use of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in the car. For connecting in your smartphone. When the customer connects their phone to the USB port, the relevant setting is shown on the infotainment display. There's also the opportunity of specifying 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
  • Heated windscreen with heated windscreen washer nozzles
  • 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
  • Phone box

  • Speed limiter
  • Progressive power assisted steering

  • 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
  • Digital voice enhancement
  • SmartLink plus
  • Exterior temperature indicator

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable/heated/foldable and auto dimming door mirrors with memory function

  • Plaquette L&K front fenders
  • Piano black dash inserts

  • Bolero Radio
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Canton sound system
  • DVD System

  • Silver roof rails
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Invisible tailpipe
  • Body colour door panels
  • Chrome grille in frame and ribs
  • Black wheel arch surrounds
  • Rear bumper with visible design exhaust pipes and diffuser
  • Safety reflectors on front and rear doors
  • Black door steps with Kodiaq label
  • Without engine designation

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

  • Pollen filter

  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Variable boot floor
  • 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
  • Leather upholstery with L&K logo
  • 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
  • Welcome animation with Laurin & Klement logo
  • Decor in piano black with Laurin & Klement logo on front seats
  • Front and rear door armrest with black adductor trim
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment, cup holder and 12V socket
  • Stitching to armrest in doors
  • Storage compartment in lower middle instrument panel with closing
  • Paddles on steering wheel for DSG gearbox
  • 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
  • Covered storage compartment on driver side
  • Illuminated and cooled glovebox
  • Roll up luggage compartment cover with intermediate position
  • Umbrella in door panel

  • Ambient lighting
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Front courtesy lights

  • LED Interior Light pack - Kodiaq Scout/Sport Line/VRS/Laurin + Klement

  • 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
  • Front side airbags
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Fuel cut off safety device
  • Two tone horn
  • Curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • 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
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support and memory function
  • 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)

  • 19" Sirius anthracite alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts

  • Temporary spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 135
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.029
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 207
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 207
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 224
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 185
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 178
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 165

  • 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: 16.0:1
  • 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): 47.1
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 61.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 41.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.8

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 21E
  • 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: 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: Laurin + Klement
  • Coin Description: TDI 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: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 266
  • Engine Torque - NM: 360
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.6
  • Top Speed: 121
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 36.7

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Wheel Style: SIRIUS ANTHRACITE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/50 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2087
  • Height: 1665
  • Height (including roof rails): 1685
  • Length: 4699
  • Width: 1882
  • Wheelbase: 2790

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1792
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2510
  • 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: 718
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 2005
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6

  • Textile floor mats: Included
  • Textile floor mats with lounge step coverage in middle row: £60

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

  • Tablet holder: £55

  • Personalisation of drive mode selection: £45
  • Lane assist and blind spot detection: Included
  • Drive mode selector: Included
  • Camera based traffic sign recognition: £90
  • Cruise control: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £500
  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Park assist steering with front/rear parking sensors: £330
  • Adaptive Lane assist and blind spot detection: £175
  • Adaptive lane assist and blind spot detection with emergency assist: £175

  • Electrically operated boot door: Included

  • Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" digital display: £470
  • Colour multifunction trip computer: Included
  • USB C port by rear view mirror for charging only: £125
  • Electrically operated boot with Kick activation (Virtual Pedal): £210
  • Travel Assist and Park Assist: £950
  • Travel assist: £675
  • Driver alert with fatigue sensor: £50

  • Exclusive paint: £380
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £0

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

  • Black roof headlining: Included
  • Manual roller blinds for rear windows: £205
  • Folding tables on the front seat backrests: £130
  • Grey headlining: £0
  • 2 spoke leather heated multi-function steering wheel with hands off detection: Included
  • Partition net screen: £160
  • 2 spoke leather heated multifunction steering wheel with DSG paddles: £0
  • Waste bin in door panel: £30

  • Area view camera pack - Kodiaq Laurin + Klement: Included
  • Area view camera plus pack with trailer assist and electrically folding tow bar - Kodiaq: £980
  • Area view camera plus pack with Park assist, trailer assist and electrically folding tow bar - Kodiaq: £1,690
  • Sleep Pack - Kodiaq: £325
  • Family pack - Kodiaq: £180
  • Smokers pack: £35
  • Non Smokers pack: Included
  • Rough Road pack - Kodiaq: £305

  • Metallic - Magnetic brown: £0
  • Metallic - Moon white: £0
  • Metallic - Business grey: £0
  • Metallic - Brilliant silver: £0
  • Metallic - Race blue: £0
  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £0
  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £0

  • Pearl - Black magic: £0

  • Exclusive paint - Velvet red: £380
  • Exclusive paint - Crystal black: £380

  • Crew protection assist and rear side airbags: £500

  • Rear seat backrest release: £95
  • Heated front and rear seats: £215
  • Heated front seats: Included
  • Ventilated front seats with L&K logo: £510
  • Isofix attachment on front passenger seat: £45

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

  • Leather L&K logo - Black: £0
  • Leather L&K logo - Black/Beige: £0

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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