Skip advert
Advertisement
In-depth reviews

Skoda Kodiaq review - MPG, running costs & CO2 emissions

“The Skoda Kodiaq’s conventional diesel engines and mild-hybrid petrol are more economical than before, and there’s a plug-in hybrid around the corner”

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Owners Rating
Be the first to review
MPG, running costs & CO2 emissions Rating

4.0 out of 5

The Skoda Kodiaq is available from launch with a range of petrol and diesel engines that are fairly economical on paper. Whereas the outgoing Kodiaq’s 1.5-litre petrol engine barely managed over 40mpg, the latest version is mild-hybrid assisted to help eek as much performance and fuel efficiency as possible, and its figure has been improved as a result. There are two diesels to choose from which are a good match for buyers that do a lot of motorway miles. 

Advertisement - Article continues below

Of the diesels, the two-wheel drive version is the most economical, with fuel efficiency taking quite a big hit on four-wheel-drive models, with figures of around 9mpg less.

Bear in mind the above figures will be detrimentally affected a smidge by going for the slightly heavier seven-seater model, so it’s worth checking the figure quoted on the configurator when speccing the car if fuel economy is particularly important to your buying decision.

A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) using the 1.5-litre petrol and an electric motor will arrive later, but full details are yet to be confirmed. It’s likely this model will be the cheapest to run so long as you keep its battery topped up regularly, and Skoda has already said it will get 62 miles of electric range, matching the new Volkswagen Tiguan PHEV. That electric figure is impressive for a PHEV and will come in useful for shorter trips. It should also equate to lower CO2 emissions and it’s safe to bet this will be the cheapest model to run as a company car as it will likely sit in a lower BiK (Benefit-in-Kind) tax bracket.

The PHEV is capable of charging at speeds up to 50kW, meaning a 10-80% charge of its battery will take as little as 25 minutes.
 

Model 

Fuel economy

CO2 emissions

1.5-litre mild-hybrid assisted petrol

47.4mpg

136g/km

2.0-litre TDI diesel

53.2mpg

139g/km

2.0-litre TDI 4x4 diesel

44.1mpg

168g/km

1.5-litre plug-in hybrid petrol

N/A

N/A

How efficient is the Skoda Kodiaq in the real world?

When we tested the Skoda Kodiaq, we found the two-wheel drive 2.0-litre TDI diesel’s fuel efficiency to be less than its quoted figure of 51.7mpg (for the seven-seat model). We managed around 47.7mpg on a mixture of roads, which is still fairly impressive. 

We also got a chance to try the yet-to-be-released Kodiaq PHEV, which managed a respectable 55 miles to a charge, in comparison to its on-paper 62-mile figure.

What will the Skoda Kodiaq cost to insure?

The Skoda Kodiaq’s insurance groupings have yet to be confirmed and revealed, but the old car sat between groups 15-29 out of 50. We wouldn’t expect these groups to change massively, although there is a chance they could. Traditionally that’s made the Kodiaq more affordable to insure than cars like the Volkswagen Tiguan, so time will tell whether this is still the case.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5 TSI e-TEC SE 5dr DSG
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £36,615

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 TSI iV 204 SE 5dr DSG
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £41,935

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 TDI 193 SE L 4X4 5dr DSG [7 Seat]
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £46,130

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.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Volkswagen Tiguan review – family SUV with a trusted formula
Volkswagen Tiguan drive
In-depth reviews
13 Jun 2024

Volkswagen Tiguan review – family SUV with a trusted formula

Top 10 best used 7-seater cars 2024
Used 7-seater cars
Best cars
12 Jun 2024

Top 10 best used 7-seater cars 2024

Nissan Qashqai review - a comfortable and efficient family SUV
Nissan Qashqai facelift
In-depth reviews
12 Jun 2024

Nissan Qashqai review - a comfortable and efficient family SUV

Ford Kuga review - a sharp-handling and efficient SUV
Ford Kuga facelift
In-depth reviews
11 Jun 2024

Ford Kuga review - a sharp-handling and efficient SUV

Have You Considered

Nissan Qashqai review - a comfortable and efficient family SUV
Nissan Qashqai facelift
In-depth reviews
12 Jun 2024

Nissan Qashqai review - a comfortable and efficient family SUV

Renault Scenic review - class-leading range
Renault Scenic UK
In-depth reviews
21 May 2024

Renault Scenic review - class-leading range

Most Popular

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on
Engine warning light
Tips and advice
12 Jun 2024

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on

New Alpine A290: fast, stylish and very blue electric hot hatchback revealed
Alpine A290 front quarter
News
13 Jun 2024

New Alpine A290: fast, stylish and very blue electric hot hatchback revealed

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
14 Jun 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
Best electric cars
Best cars
16 May 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024