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Skoda Kodiaq review – more practical and higher quality than before

“The second-generation Skoda Kodiaq improves not only in practicality and clever features, but it’s also much better quality”

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

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Price
£36,615 - £46,130

Pros

  • High-quality interior with more flair
  • Well equipped
  • Plug-in hybrid on the way

Cons

  • Diesel is a little slower than before
  • Not particularly exciting to drive
  • Mediocre Skoda warranty

Verdict – is the Skoda Kodiaq a good car?

The second-generation Skoda Kodiaq might not look all that different to the old model from the outside, but it’s slightly bigger, meaning it’s got an even larger boot and more passenger space than before. It’s also well equipped, so it delivers on Skoda’s famed practicality and value for money. On top of that, the interior is of a much higher quality and the whole car feels well-engineered, making it even more versatile.

Skoda Kodiaq models, specs and alternatives

The Skoda Kodiaq has long been a favourite large SUV of ours, snatching the win as our Large Family Car of choice in the Carbuyer Best Car Awards 2023 and 2024. Now an all-new second-generation model has arrived, and with the first Kodiaq having been such a hit, it’s got a lot to live up to.

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Just like the original Skoda Kodiaq and other models from the Czech brand, the latest car is all about practicality and value for money. This time around, though, Skoda has put even more thought into quality, and while the old car didn’t try to reinvent the wheel, the new one gets a more radical interior, while the exterior doesn’t stray too far from the old design.

It is slightly bigger, and those larger dimensions, plus a clever layout on the inside means the Kodiaq is even more spacious. Like before, it comes with the choice of five or seven seats.

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While many manufacturers may have given up on diesel, Skoda still offers the Kodiaq with a choice of petrol or diesel engines, and it can also be had with two or four-wheel drive. The latest model is automatic only, but we doubt many buyers will miss a manual gearbox in a big SUV like this. A plug-in hybrid model will arrive later.

The Skoda Kodiaq launched in just two trims badged SE and SE L, starting from just over £36,000, or £1,000 more if you want seven seats. A Sportline variant is due to hit showrooms in mid-2024, and a hot vRS model will join the lineup by the end of the same year.

Trim levels

Power options

  • SE
  • SE L
  • Sportline (to arrive later)
  • vRS (to arrive later)
  • 148bhp 1.5-litre mild-hybrid petrol
  • 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel
  • 190bhp 2.0-litre mild-hybrid TDI diesel
  • 201bhp 1.5-litre plug-in hybrid petrol

Skoda Kodiaq alternatives

The SUV market has exploded in the UK in recent times, so the Skoda Kodiaq isn’t short of rivals. As is usually the case with Skodas, the Kodiaq is a large SUV that aims to offer good value for money by offering the sort of space and features you’d expect from more expensive models.

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Should you buy a Skoda Kodiaq?

The Skoda Kodiaq is improved in almost every area over the old model, getting an extra dose of quality and practicality that makes it a great choice for a large family. There are areas where the brand has stuck to what it knows, with its limited petrol and diesel engine range from launch, for example, but the arrival of a plug-in hybrid for the first time later in 2024 will add even more choice for buyers and make it more versatile.

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Skoda’s largest SUV is the epitome of the brand’s identity, with plenty of clever practical features that buyers will appreciate, and make genuine use of, rather than serving as gimmicks.

While it may not matter to the majority of Skoda customers the interior offers a little more flair than that of the outgoing Kodiaq. The brand’s largest SUV isn’t the most exciting thing to behold from outside or to drive, though time will tell whether the vRS version arriving later down the line can inject a little more pizzazz. 

For now, if you’re looking for a large practical SUV that’s also fun to drive and has more badge appeal, you’d be better off looking at something from BMW if your budget stretches to it – for everything else though, the Skoda Kodiaq is the right choice, delivering everything a large family could need.

What is the Carbuyer pick of the Skoda Kodiaq range?

If it was our money, we’d stick to the entry-level Skoda Kodiaq SE with the 1.5-litre mild-hybrid engine. It’s well-equipped with everything you really need, and that entry-level engine is potent enough for most buyers, striking a good balance between around-town driving capability and with enough power for the occasional stint on the motorway when needed.

How we tested the Skoda Kodiaq

We drove a European left-hand drive version of the Skoda Kodiaq in Barcelona, Spain in April 2024.

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Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5 TSI SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £28,255

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 TSI iV 204 SE 5dr DSG
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £41,270

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 TSI 245 vRS 4x4 5dr DSG [7 Seat]
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £47,105

Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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