Skoda Kodiaq Review 2024

Written by Andrew Brady

heycar ratingStill one of the best family SUVs
  • 2024
  • SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel

Quick overview


  • Impressive versatility with bigger boot than before
  • Packed with clever features
  • Generous equipment levels as standard


  • Third row of seats isn't great for adults
  • Doesn't represent a huge step on from the old Kodiaq
  • Plug-in hybrid isn't on sale yet

Overall verdict on the Skoda Kodiaq

"The Skoda Kodiaq is a byword for versatility and value for money. The latest model builds on that winning formula, with more space, fresh technology and a more upmarket cabin. We think the new plug-in hybrid engine will be worth waiting for, although the regular petrols and diesels are more than up to the job of shifting this large SUV. While the new Skoda Kodiaq is slightly more expensive to buy than the old model, it still represents decent value for money, and ought to be fairly cheap to run."

Skoda Kodiaq Review 2024: front dynamic

The original Skoda Kodiaq has been on sale in 2017, with more than 55,000 finding home with UK customers - making it one of most successful family SUVs on the market. Replacing such a popular model is risky but we're pleased to report that the new Skoda Kodiaq is one of the most practical and easy-to-live-with cars you can buy.

So what's new? Well, pretty much everything. The design - while clearly an evolution of the old model - is intended to be rugged and functional without being flashy. Apparently it emphasises the practicality on offer while also enhancing aerodynamics (improving efficiency). You'll notice a lack of chrome on offer - sustainability is key, here - but the optional light strip in the front grille will stop the Kodiaq from passing unnoticed.

It's inside where the new Skoda Kodiaq impresses the most. It's slightly bigger than before, meaning more interior space, while buyers can choose between five- and seven-seat models. Skoda's really sweat the small stuff - the gear selector has been moved to behind the steering wheel, for example, meaning there's more storage space in the centre console. There's an easy-to-use central infotainment display on the dashboard as well as a digital instrument cluster. Our favourite feature, though, is the row of Smart Dials - just like in the latest Skoda Superb Estate - which can be customised to act as shortcut buttons to a range of features.

There will initially be two models on offer: SE and SE L. Both are well-equipped, with even the most affordable Skoda Kodiaq fitted with the 13.0-inch navigation system, heated front seats and a range of driver-assistance safety features. A sportier model, badged the Skoda Kodiaq SportLine, will arrive later in 2024, while we're also expecting to see a fast Skoda Kodiaq vRS in the future.

The Skoda Kodiaq will initially be sold with a range of petrol and diesel engines, as well as a choice of two- or four-wheel drive. You can no longer get the Skoda Kodiaq with a manual gearbox; a DSG automatic transmission is now standard across the range - a good thing, in our books, as the auto gearbox suits the Kodiaq's more relaxed nature.

While you can't get an electric Skoda Kodiaq (look at the Skoda Enyaq iV if that's what you're after), there will be a plug-in hybrid model capable of travelling up to 62 miles under electric power alone. That's a significant distance and ideal for buyers with a short commute but looking to travel further afield at weekends.

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Anyone who needs a functional, no-nonsense family SUV should place the Skoda Kodiaq high on their shortlist. Yes, the new Kodiaq might be slightly posher (and more expensive) than before, but it's no less useable - while there's a range of engines available to suit practically every buyer. Our only caveat is if you really need seven seats on a regular basis, you might find a more traditional people to be a more practical option.

The best engine will depend on your requirements. The diesels are great if you cover a lot of miles or are planning to tow a caravan. The plug-in hybrid will suit those with the ability to charge a car at home, while the petrols are strong all-rounders.

In terms of trim level, we reckon the entry-level Skoda Kodiaq SE will be more than sufficient for most buyers, although the Kodiaq SE L adds some desirable features (such as leather seats, keyless entry and an electric boot opening).

The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace has traditionally been an alternative for the Skoda Kodiaq, although that's set to be replaced by the new Volkswagen Tayron later in the year. Competition also comes from the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe, as well as the Peugeot 5008, Mazda CX-60, Nissan X-Trail and Toyota RAV4. Buyers looking for something a little more upmarket should take a look at the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Audi Q5.

Comfort and design: Skoda Kodiaq interior

"Forget any notions about Skoda as a budget brand. The new Kodiaq's interior is up there - if not better - than other Volkswagen Group cabins, while there's an extensive list of clever features designed to make family life easier."

Skoda Kodiaq Review 2024: interior front

One of our favourite features of the Skoda Kodiaq's interior is the configurable Smart Dials. These are essentially three twistable dials on the centre console which can be changed to perform a variety of tasks - such as adjusting the temperature of the climate control, turning on your heated seats, changing the volume of the infotainment or even zooming in and out of the navigation. They're very user friendly and much, much better than systems that rely on the touchscreen display.

There are other clever features, too. As all Kodiaq models now have an automatic gearbox, the shifter has been moved behind the steering wheel. This means there's more storage space on the centre console.

Skoda offers a number of what it calls 'design selections', depending on what trim level you go for. These are essentially different interior ambiences, changing the trims on the seat upholstery, door panels and dashboard. We like the Lounge design selection, with its combination of wool and suede, but those looking for a posher Kodiaq will want one of the Suite trims with their perforated leather.

Skoda's judged the quality and finish of the Kodiaq perfectly. Sure, it doesn't feel as plush as an Audi Q5 inside, but it does feel like it'll deflect the rigours of family life well. There are hard finishes where you need them (where little feet might kick them, for example), but also plenty of soft-touch materials. Some of the switchgear could feel a bit weightier to use for a more premium vibe - the Smart Dials we mentioned above, for example.

All UK Skoda Kodiaq models come with a 13-inch touchscreen navigation display perched on top of the dashboard. Its location makes it easy to glance at on the move, although we would like a separate rotary controller (like you get in many BMW or Mazda models) for easier operation without leaning forward.

It's an intuitive media system to operate, though, while responses are fast and the graphics are sharp. It's much like a quality tablet, responding to typical swiping and pinching gestures. You get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while there's also voice-activated personal assistant called Laura. Wireless phone charging is standard (for two phones), with cooling functionality to prevent your phone overheating. That's pretty clever.

Behind the steering wheel is a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit display. This doesn't offer much in the way of customisation, but it's clear and easy to read.

The Skoda Kodiaq has always excelled at being a versatile family car. This new model improves on that even further. It's even bigger than before, measuring 4758mm long, 1864mm wide and 1659mm high.

Space for front seat passengers is as impressive as you'd expect. The seating position is fairly high, while there's plenty of space between the driver and front-seat passenger (so no awkward elbow bashing). The centre console offers a mutltitude of storage options, including a number of cup holders and the space for the wireless phone charging mentioned above. The door bins aren't particularly big and neither is the glove box, but we like the additional extra storage area in the dashboard.

There's loads of room in the back, with a huge amount of legroom and plenty of headroom for even the tallest passengers. The middle seat is narrower than the outer rear seats, while there is a significant lump in the floor which'll make things awkward if you're planning to carry three adults in the back. On the plus side, there's a plastic storage unit in the middle of the floor that can easily be removed to prevent it from getting in the way.

The Skoda Kodiaq is available with seven seats, although these do limit boot space and are only really intended for occasional use. Skoda says there's 15mm more headroom in the third row of seats compared to the old Kodiaq, but you'd still need to be pretty dedicated to get back there. Kids will no doubt enjoy the challenge, though.

The boot is pretty cavernous, although it's a shame the rear seats can't slide backwards and forwards. Five-seater models have a boot capacity of 910 litres with the rear seats upright and 2,105 litres with them folded. Buy a seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq and you can enjoy a boot capacity of 340 litres with all seats upright and 2,035 litres with them dropped. Plug-in hybrid Kodiaq iV models come with a seats-up boot capacity of 745 litres. 

Handling and ride quality: What is the Skoda Kodiaq like to drive?

"The impressive thing about how the Skoda Kodiaq drives is how comfortable it is over bumpy road surfaces. It could be the perfect car for UK roads, thanks to its superb ability to iron out potholes and glide over broken tarmac."

Skoda Kodiaq Review 2024: rear dynamic

It's pleasing that the focus so clearly remains on comfort with the new Skoda Kodiaq. No, it doesn't feel as agile as a SEAT Tarraco or BMW X3, but it's unashamedly a family SUV rather than a sports car. It's perhaps second only to the Citroen C5 Aircross in terms of ride quality.

You can buy the new Skoda Kodiaq with the brand's DCC Plus Dynamic Chassis Control. This will stiffen or soften the Kodiaq's suspension at the touch of a button - to be honest, we think it's a bit pointless on an SUV like the Kodiaq... you'd be better spending your money elsewhere.

The Skoda Kodiaq is easy to drive, especially for such a large car. The steering is light enough for town driving, while visibility is good and there are plenty of driver-assistance features available.

Order a new Skoda Kodiaq today and you'll get the choice of two petrol and two diesel engines. All come with a DSG automatic gearbox as standard - you can no longer get the Kodiaq with a manual gearbox.

We've driven both the diesels - each a 2.0-litre unit, with 150PS or 193PS. The lower-powered one is more than adequate, with enough punch for motorway driving. It'll accelerate to 62mph in 9.6 seconds - hardly fast, but it feels brisk enough.

If you're planning to drive the Kodiaq fully loaded or you're looking for a tow vehicle, the 193PS diesel might be a better option. Not only is it more powerful (0-62mph acceleration takes 7.8 seconds), but it also comes with 4x4 as standard. That doesn't turn the new Skoda Kodiaq into a serious off roader, but it'd be ideal for those living in rural areas or planning to tow a caravan.

We reckon the star of the Kodiaq line-up will be the plug-in hybrid model, due later in 2024. Badged the Skoda Kodiaq iV, this uses a big (by hybrid standards) 25.7kWh battery to provide an electric-only range of 62 miles. It's very refined, with the petrol engine kicking in seamlessly when necessary, but most of the time it'll schlep around town under electric power alone. We reckon the Skoda Kodiaq PHEV makes an excellent stepping stone to a fully-electric SUV.

Generally, the Skoda Kodiaq is exceptionally refined. Despite its bluff shape, there isn't a great deal of wind noise at motorway speeds, nor will you notice a huge amount of road noise. The diesels have a noticeable rumble - particularly when you're first setting off - but no more so than in competitors. For maximum refinement, wait for the plug-in hybrid Skoda Kodiaq iV and keep the battery topped up.

The latest Skoda Kodiaq uses radar sensors to power a wide range of advanced safety systems, effectively acting as a second pair of eyes and reducing your chances of being in a collision. Highlights include the new Turn Assist, which monitors other traffic when turning at junctions, and Intelligent Park Assist with Remote Park Assist - which allows you to park the Kodiaq using an app on your phone.

The Skoda Kodiaq was given a maximum five-star score when tested by independent safety organisation Euro NCAP in 2024.

MPG and fuel costs: What does a Skoda Kodiaq cost to run?

"Mild-hybrid technology means even the 1.5-litre petrol Kodiaq should be cheap to run. The 2.0-litre diesel will remain the engine of choice for long-distance drivers, though, while the impressive electric range of the plug-in hybrid Kodiaq will make it very cheap to run for the majority of buyers."

Skoda Kodiaq Review 2024: static

In official fuel economy tests, the five-seat Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI managed up to 47.1mpg, which isn't that far behind the 53.3mpg figure returned by the diesel Kodiaq. These numbers drop slightly when you opt for a seven-seat model, while the diesel 4x4 manages up to 44.1mpg.

Official fuel economy figures for the plug-in hybrid Kodiaq are yet to be confirmed, but Skoda's said it's aiming to provide an electric-only range of more than 62 miles. If you keep the battery topped up, the Skoda Kodiaq iV could prove to be very cheap to run.

The new Skoda Kodiaq has all the ingredients for a very reliable car: a proven engine line-up and a manufacturer with a strong reliability record. Only time will tell how reliable the new Skoda Kodiaq is, but we'd be surprised if it was anything less than very dependable.

Insurance groups for the new Skoda Kodiaq are yet to be confirmed. It should be a relatively cheap family car to insure, though, especially with the entry-level 1.5-litre petrol engine.

After the first year, you'll pay £190/year to tax the Skoda Kodiaq - or £180 for plug-in hybrid models.

Watch out, though, as those with a list price of more than £40,000 when new will be stung by an extra £410 in premium car tax. This applies for five years (from the second time the car's taxed) and it's based on the car's list price when new. That means even a used Skoda Kodiaq could be hit hard with the premium penalty.

How much should you be paying for a used Skoda Kodiaq?

"Prices for a new Skoda Kodiaq start from around £36,500. That's for a five-seat SE model with the 1.5-litre petrol engine and DSG automatic gearbox. You'll pay an £860 premium for a seven-seat Kodiaq, while the SE L starts from a little over £40,000."

Skoda Kodiaq Review 2024: front dynamic

The Skoda Kodiaq isn't quite the bargain family SUV it once was but, well, that's inflation for you. It still represents value for money compared to competitors, though, especially when you consider the amount of kit you get as standard. For comparison, a Peugeot 5008 is priced from a little over £38,000, while the new Kia Sorento now starts from nearly £42,000.

It'll be a while before we see used examples of the latest Skoda Kodiaq filtering through

Standard equipment on the Skoda Kodiaq SE includes 18-inch Mazeno alloy wheels, LED front and rear lights, heated front seats and KESSY - keyless start/stop system. SE models come with Loft design selection as standard, along with a 13-inch satellite navigation touchscreen display, 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit and tri-zone climate control. The SE model also comes with a range of safety systems as standard, including Front Assist with braking reaction to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, Blind Spot Detection with door exit warning and Front Cross Traffic Assist. SE models can be specified with five or seven seat layouts with the latter adding a variable boot floor to the standard specification.

The Skoda Kodiaq SE L adds 19-inch Rapeto alloy wheels, LED Matrix headlights with AFS (adaptive front light system), AWL (all weather lighting system) and all-weather light with cornering function. SE L models also feature ecoSuite black design selection with perforated black artificial leather and real leather, electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, electrically operated boot and keyless entry and start/stop system.

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

From launch, the Skoda Kodiaq SE is priced from £36,645, while the Kodiaq SE L starts from £40,205.
Orders are now open for the new Skoda Kodiaq with deliveries expected from summer 2024.
The new Skoda Kodiaq measures 4758mm long. That's 59mm longer than the previous Skoda Kodiaq.

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