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Skoda Kodiaq SUV - Reliability & safety

The Skoda Kodiaq is built using proven mechanical parts and features autonomous emergency braking as standard

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4.5 out of 5

Owners Rating

5.0 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

In its time on sale, the Skoda Kodiaq has featured in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey multiple times, coming in a respectable 14th place in the most recent edition, and peaking at fifth place in 2022.

Skoda Kodiaq reliability

Because it’s built on the Volkswagen Group’s ‘MQB’ platform, the Kodiaq uses conventional and proven mechanical parts. The same set of underpinnings is found in the Audi TT, A3 and Q2, while the Volkswagen Passat, Golf and Tiguan are all similar under their bodywork, as are the Skoda Octavia and Superb. You can be fairly certain, therefore, that the Kodiaq is thoroughly engineered and should stand the test of time. Its engines are similarly proven, featuring in many VW Group cars.

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Its showing in our 2023 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey is similarly reassuring, as the Kodiaq finished in 14th place out of the top 75 cars on sale. As a brand, Skoda finished in 20th place out of 32 manufacturers, ahead of Dacia in 26th and parent company Volkswagen which came in 27th, but behind Kia (6th), Toyota (12th) Hyundai (17th) and one behind Nissan in 19th place. Reliability has slipped in recent years, with a higher than average 26% of buyers reporting a fault with their Skoda in the first year.

Safety

The Kodiaq was awarded a five-star rating after independent crash-testing by the experts at Euro NCAP, where it achieved a 92% rating for adult protection and 77% for the way it protected child occupants. The safety assistance systems impressed, with automatic emergency braking standard across the range. Skoda also fits all Kodiaqs with its ‘Care Connect’ feature, which will automatically contact the emergency services if the airbags are deployed in a collision.

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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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