Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth system
  • Columbus satellite navigation with 9.2" touch screen and integrated Wi-Fi
  • Digital voice enhancement
  • Drive mode selector
  • ECO Stop/start function
  • Exterior temperature indicator
  • SmartLink plus
  • Speed limiter

Entertainment

  • Bolero Radio
  • DAB Digital radio
  • DVD System
  • USB and SD card connectivity

Exterior Features

  • Aero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function
  • Aero rear window wiper
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Black wheel arch surrounds
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Electric front and rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable heated foldable and auto dimming door mirrors with boarding spots
  • Front and Rear door steps
  • Full LED Headlights with adaptive front light system and LED daytime running lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated rear window
  • Invisible tailpipe
  • LED front fog lights with cornering light function
  • LED third brake light in rear spoiler
  • Light assistant (coming home/tunnel light)
  • Radiator grille frame in black with chrome strip
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Safety reflectors on front and rear doors
  • Sunset privacy glass
  • Tinted windows

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in boot
  • 2 rails with 2 hooks including 4 hooks for net programme
  • 4 foldable roof handles with rear coat hooks
  • 4 lashing points on luggage floor
  • 60:40 foldable rear seat with sliding adjustment and backrest angle adjustment
  • Bottle holders in door panel in the 1.5 litre front and 1 litre rear
  • Cargo storage compartments
  • Centre console with open storage box, cup holder and 12V socket
  • Chrome headlight control button
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Coat hooks on B pillar
  • Covered storage compartment on driver side
  • Drawers under driver and front passenger seats
  • Front and rear height adjustable headrests
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front/rear courtesy lights
  • Gear shift lever with chrome frame and black gloss insert
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Illuminated and cooled glovebox
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Manually adjustable steering column
  • Net programme in boot (1x horizontal Net, 2x vertical Nets)
  • Overhead glasses storage compartment
  • Passenger side net compartment on centre console
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • Removable lamp in luggage compartment
  • Roll up luggage compartment cover with intermediate position
  • Small Bags on the inner sides of the front backrests
  • Small pockets on the inner side of the front backrests
  • Storage compartment in lower middle Instrument panel, illuminated with closing
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Ticket holder on A Pillar
  • Umbrella in door panel

Packs

  • Chrome pack - Kodiaq

Safety

  • Auto door release and activation of warning lights
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Electronic parking brake with hill hold control
  • Emergency rear braking signal
  • ESC (incl. ABS+MSR+ASR+EDS+HBA+DSR+RBS+MKB)
  • Front and rear three point safety belt on all seats
  • Front assist includes AEB city/urban
  • Front side airbags
  • Fuel cut off safety device
  • Head and knee airbags
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Safety vest holder in door
  • Seat belt reminder for all seats
  • Tailgate unlocking from outside
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Warning lights in front doors

Security

  • Alarm with interior monitoring and tilt sensor with safe function
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and start system (KESSY)
  • Remote central locking

Trim

  • Piano black dash inserts

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit with compressor

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

142

HC+NOx

NOx

0.026

Particles

0.0003

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1498

Compression Ratio

10.5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

74.5

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

85.9

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

7 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

45.6

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

49.6

EC Urban (mpg)

39.8

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

150

Based On ID

Coin Description

TSI 150

Coin Series

SE L

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

16E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

2

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

92

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

77

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

71

NCAP Safety Assist %

54

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

140000

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

9.9

Engine Power - BHP

150

Engine Power - KW

110

Engine Power - RPM

5000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

184

Engine Torque - MKG

25.5

Engine Torque - NM

250

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

123

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

235/50 R19

Tyre Size Rear

235/50 R19

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

SIRIUS

Wheel Type

19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1659

Height (including roof rails)

1680

Length

4697

Wheelbase

2791

Width

1882

Width (including mirrors)

2087

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

58

Gross Vehicle Weight

2291

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

2005

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

270

Max. Loading Weight

725

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1800

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1566

No. of Seats

7

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.6

On The Road

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Trim

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Summary

Skoda has taken its time in bringing us a larger family-sized SUV but what's been delivered with this Kodiaq looks to be a very complete package. We think the 7-seat option is going to be popular and that most customers will choose to specify this car in a version that gives them 4WD. You'd certainly have to be quite addicted to badge snobbery to choose a pricier Volkswagen Tiguan over this Czech contender, the Tiguan after all using exactly the same engineering, offering less interior space and able to seat only five. Otherwise, all the things that have made Skoda's smaller Yeti SUV/Crossover model so appealing also apply here. You get 'Simply Clever' design features, decent levels of efficiency and a car built to stand the test of time. We think the Kodiaq is going to be a familiar sight on our roads.

Background

You'd certainly think there was a place for Skoda in the segment for larger family-sized SUVs. The brand's smaller Yeti model has, after all, proved hugely popular amongst buyers interested in more compact versions of this kind of car, establishing a presence in the segment that the Czech brand can now build upon by utilising the same MQB platform that Volkswagen's Tiguan and SEAT's Ateca already sit upon in this segment. The Kodiaq though, is longer and more spacious than both of those two models, even though it's still very affordably priced. Plus, unlike its Volkswagen and SEAT cousins, it offers the option of seven seats, the first time that such a thing has been available from any kind of Skoda. Add in efficient engines, lots of clever design touches and up-to-the-minute media connectivity and a strong package is in prospect.

Driving Experience

The mainstream Kodiaq engine range is built around three TDI diesel units and a further trio of TSI petrol powerplants. Most will want the 2.0-litre TDI unit, offered with either 115, 150 or 190PS, with the pokier version able to accelerate this large SUV to 62mph in 8.6s on the way to 130mph. The range of petrol engines consists of two 1.4 TSI units, plus a 2.0 TSI powerplant. The entry-level 1.4 TSI generates 125PS and 200Nm of torque, while the pokier 1.4 option manages 150PS and 250Nm of pulling power. The top-of-the-range 2.0 TSI petrol engine develops 180PS with a decent 320Nm of torque. It'll be a rare choice though. Possibly of more interest than the engines on offer will be the freshly-developed 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox, an option to the standard 6-speed manual with some variants. An optional 'Driving Mode Select' system enables the driver to tweak throttle response, steering feel and auto gearshift timings, plus on 4x4 versions there's a 'Snow' setting that optimises things for off road use. Front wheel drive is mandatory on base petrol and diesel Kodiaqs and optional on the 1.4 TSI 150PS or 2.0 TDI 150PS derivatives. Most will want 4WD though and you have to have it on top petrol and diesel units that must also be coupled with the auto transmission.

Design and Build

The Kodiaq's styling conforms to the way you'd expect a big Skoda SUV to look, with a clear, precise and clean-cut shape marked out by a distinctive, highly recessed shoulder line. The wide, three-dimensional radiator grille is quite striking and the narrow, raked headlights look distinctive appearance. The Kodiaq is one of the biggest VW Group models to be spun off the conglomerate's MQB platform. It's around 4.7m in length and the long wheelbase and short overhangs point to a large interior. That's certainly what you get once you take a seat inside. This is a much bigger SUV than the brand's Yeti, which ample room for heads, legs and knees. The boot's huge too, large enough in fact to accommodate the optional fold-out third seating row that rival Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Ateca SUVs can't offer. If you stick with the five-seat variant, there's a 720-litre cargo area, extendable to 2,065-litres once you fold the rear bench. If the optional folding passenger seat is chosen, this SUV can transport items up to 2.80m long. An electrically operated tailgate is available, and a Kodiaq fitted with the TDI/DSG/4x4 drivetrain can tow a trailer weighing up to 2.5-tonnes. It's all very practical.

Market and Model

Prices start from under £22,000 for a base petrol variant but if you want 4WD or almost any kind of diesel, you're going to be spending in the £25,000 to £30,000 bracket. That's about the same kind of money you'd need for obvious family SUV rivals that offer a 7-seat options, cars like Kia's Sorento, Hyundai's Santa Fe and Mitsubishi's Outlander. If you've more to spend, there's a more overtly SUV-orientated 'Scout' model, priced from just over £32,000. Even on models lower in the line-up, equipment levels are quite generous. Entry-level variants get Skoda's 'Swing' infotainment system with its 6.5-inch screen. It can be supplemented with a smartphone Bluetooth connection and the 'Skoda SmartLink' set-up. 'SmartLink' supports the use of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in the car. For connecting in your smartphone. When the customer connects their phone to the USB port, the relevant setting is shown on the infotainment display. Plus there's a 'Phonebox' option that charges a smartphone inductively using the Qi standard and connects to the car aerial - both processes occur wirelessly. There's also the opportunity of specifying a 'Skoda Connect' package that gives you various online services, remote access to your car via a downloadable app and a 'Care Connect' system that provides emergency assistance. As for safety, well a 'Front Assist including City Emergency Brake' system is standard, using a radar to scan the road ahead for potential accident hazards as you drive. Adaptive Cruise Control, a 'Driver Alert' system to combat fatigue and a 'Traffic Jam Assist' system are all optional.

Cost of Ownership

Family-sized SUVs used to be thirsty things, but things have had to improve a lot as this market segment has become more popular. The efficiency performance of this Kodiaq illustrates that very well. All the diesel and petrol engines on offer here feature turbocharged direct injection and fulfil EU6 emission standards. As you'd expect, all the powerplants feature a Stop-Start system, brake energy recovery and a powerful thermo-management set-up, contributing to low consumption. As a result, the 2.0 TDI 150PS model manages 56.5mpg on the combined cycle and 131g/km of CO2. The 1.4 TSI 125PS variant manages 47.1mpg and 140g/km. The 1.4 TSI 150PS petrol unit uses the VW Group's 'ACT' (or 'Active Cylinder Technology') system that shuts down the second and third cylinders when the load and engine speed are low. The top-of-the-range 2.0 TSI petrol engine can't match that kind of cleverness, but it does feature a new combustion process for high efficiency. All the usual measures are in place to improve frugality, including an 'Eco' mode on the new 7-speed auto gearbox that allows the Kodiaq to coast at speeds above 12mph when the driver takes their foot off the accelerator. The all-wheel drive set-up is optimised for efficiency too, using a control system that when in overrun or at low load, directs drive via the front axle, which saves fuel.