- Spacious yet affordable family SUV
- Interior feels well-designed and classy - especially on higher-spec models
- Good to drive with punchy and efficient engines
- 1.5 petrol struggles when fully loaded
- Some optional kit should be standard
- Adults won't be comfortable in the third row
If your decision to buy a new car is being led by a growing family, we’d stick the Skoda Kodiaq high up on your shortlist. One of the best SUVs going, it represents very good value for money and won’t cost a fortune to run, while its interior is packed with clever features designed to make family life that bit easier. Get all the info you need with our Skoda Kodiaq review.
The Kodiaq was lightly updated late in 2021, with lightly revised styling, new trim levels and additional technology. Fundamentally, though, it's the same car we know and love, and even several years on from its launch it's still a very competitive family SUV.
All but the entry level Skoda Kodiaq model comes with seven seats but, if you’re looking to regularly travel seven-up, you might be better looking at an MPV such as the SEAT Alhambra or Ford Galaxy instead. Yes, we know an SUV is a much more stylish choice, but the third row of seats in the Kodiaq will only accommodate adults for short journeys and restrict the boot space quite a bit.
With the rearmost seats dropped to the floor, the Skoda Kodiaq is a very practical car with a huge boot. The seats on the second row slide back and forth, while the outer rear seats come with ISOFIX mounting points for easy fitting of child seats. Annoyingly, the middle seat doesn’t get these, but they are offered as an affordable option on the front passenger seat.
The interior of the Skoda Kodiaq might lack the flair of the Peugeot 5008 or pricier Kia Sorento, but it feels well made and looks pretty upmarket - especially in the posher trim levels. It’s a comfortable car, with supportive seats positioned nice and high - great for letting you (and the kids) grab a sneaky glimpse over hedges. The soft suspension helps with comfort, too, although it does crash over bumpy road surfaces a bit more if you buy one with bigger alloy wheels.
Although the lack of any hybrid powertrain is a disappointing omission, there’s an engine to suit more buyers. We rate the 2.0-litre TDI diesel, even in 2022. This is available with 150 or 190PS (the latter upgraded to 200PS with the facelift), with both providing more than adequate performance and decent fuel economy. You’d be better with the 1.5-litre TSI petrol if you don’t cover many miles, but it does feel a touch underpowered - especially when the car’s full of passengers and their luggage.
You’ll also find four-wheel-drive models of the Skoda Kodiaq (great if you plan to tow or need to venture off-road), as well as manual or automatic gearboxes. Most used Kodiaqs will come with the seven-speed DSG auto transmission - good news as it’s pretty slick and suits its laid-back nature well.
The Skoda Kodiaq isn’t an exciting choice and alternatives offer strong competition in the form of the similar SEAT Terraco, Peugeot 5008 and Hyundai Santa Fe. That said, it does everything you could possibly want it to and won’t cost the bank to buy or run. It’s a very easy car to recommend.
Is the Skoda Kodiaq right for you?
If you’re looking for a practical family SUV, the Skoda Kodiaq ought to be a really strong contender. It won’t cut the mustard if you need to carry seven people regularly (but find us an SUV which can...), while high-spec models can be surprisingly expensive. The engine line-up’s pretty strong, while buyers get the choice of manual and automatic gearboxes as well as two- or four-wheel drive.
It might not have the image of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace - nor the quirky cabin of the Peugeot 5008 - but it’s incredibly good at ticking all the boxes for the vast majority of buyers.
What other cars are similar to the Skoda Kodiaq?
The Skoda Kodiaq’s closest rivals are arguably in-house alternatives, the SEAT Tarraco and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. Both share a platform and engines with the Kodiaq, making choosing between them a difficult choice. The Kodiaq offers the best value for money, in our opinion, especially on the used market.
You should also consider the excellent Peugeot 5008. We reckon it’s a more interesting choice than the boringly-good Kodiaq and we like the individual rear seats which offer a bit more flexibility. There’s also strong competition from Korea in the form of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento. Those are both a bit bigger and more expensive than the Kodiaq, but offer lots of equipment and surprisingly upmarket interiors.