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Skoda Kodiaq review

£36,330 - £39,890
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Published: 15 Apr 2024
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Buying

What should I be paying?

Prices now start at a mite under £37,000 for a base Kodiaq SE in 148bhp petrol form. Add £860 if you want this to have the third row of seats, or £2,300 if you’d rather have an identically powered diesel engine.

Equipment is strong. The 13in central touchscreen, 10in digital instruments and tri-zone climate control are all standard, as are heated front seats and keyless start (if not keyless entry, weirdly). You get 18in alloys and front and rear LEDs lights, too, as well as a whole host of active safety stuff including Front Assist (which brakes if it senses vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists), Blind Spot Detection (with door exit warning) and Front Cross Traffic Assist.

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Optional are a host of smart parking systems that see the car remotely park from outside via an app as well as remember common manoeuvres in order to automatically perform them as it recognises the location.

It's a £3,560 upgrade to SE L spec, which means larger 19in wheels, keyless entry, multitalented LED Matrix lights up front, leather seats inside plus electrical operation for the driver’s seat and boot opening.

Atop those will be a Sportline trim that brings exclusive 19in (and optional 20in) wheels, lots of black detailing – including the rear pillars, which are usually silver – and a general aesthetic that recalls the outgoing Kodiaq vRS, albeit with no dynamic changes beyond a 15mm suspension drop. Of course, a new vRS arrives later in 2024 for those wishing to spend the best part of fifty grand on a Skoda.

Indeed, Kodiaq buyers traditionally don’t skimp with the cheapest, most pragmatic spec they can muster. First time around, 60 per cent of buyers went for five seats rather than seven, while the same proportion chose 4x4 powertrains over simpler front-drive. Black, white and grey were the most popular colours, nevertheless Skoda has seen fit to spruce up the palette with Bronx Gold joining Velvet Red and Race Blue. Go on, be brave.

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The UK is the Kodiaq’s second most voracious market, too, behind Germany and ahead of Skoda’s Czech homeland. The pressures of company car schemes suggest many buyers on our shores will go for the newly launched plug-in hybrid. As a private buyer, we might be tempted to stick to simple internal combustion to save money and weight. The 148bhp mild-hybrid ought to be enough while the diesels feel right on point for comfort and ease-of-use.

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