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Skoda Kodiaq - Reliability & safety

There’s plenty of safety technology in the latest Skoda Kodiaq, so it should do well when tested by Euro NCAP.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability and safety Rating

2.5 out of 5

Price
£36,615 to £46,130
  • Well-equipped
  • Good ergonomics
  • Massive boot
  • Not fun to drive
  • Sluggish engines
  • Floaty ride
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Key standard safety featuresEuro NCAP safety ratings
Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)

Lane departure warning

Lane keep assistance

Traffic sign recognition

N/A

The Skoda Kodiaq hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP yet, but we anticipate it should do well, considering the old version received a full five-star rating in 2017, and the latest model comes loaded with safety technology.

All models get an autonomous emergency braking system with cyclist and pedestrian detection. There’s also a blind spot warning system to let you know of any cars along side you when you go to change lanes on the motorway, and warn you of approaching vehicles when you go to open the door. You get front and rear cross traffic alert to let you know of anything crossing your path when exiting a parking space or junction where your view is obstructed. A traffic sign recognition system will flag up changes in the speed limit, and a driver attention and drowsiness monitoring system will chime in if it thinks you’re dozing off. We tried to get it to intervene by feigning sleepiness, but it seemed pretty reluctant to do so. 

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Overall, the Skoda Kodiaq's build quality is excellent, and the abundant recycled materials inside still look and feel premium enough. However, we have doubts about how the wool fabric in the ‘Lounge’ design selection will hold up to family life, and in some cars, we encountered some baggy ‘Suedia’ seat material. 

It’s too soon for the Skoda Kodiaq to appear in the Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, although the old Kodiaq finished 14th in our list of the best cars to own based on owners’ feedback from 2023. The old car was praised for its practicality, versatility, ride quality and value for money, and we think the new car will score well in these areas, too.

Warranty

Skoda offers a warranty of three years and/or 60,000 miles on the Kodiaq, which is somewhat less than the five-year/100,000-mile policy of the Hyundai Santa Fe or the seven-year/100,000-mile policy of the Kia Sorento.

Servicing

The servicing schedule for the Skoda Kodiaq range has yet to be announced, but we anticipate the intervals will be similar to those of other models in the Skoda range - roughly every 12 months or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. You can specify a service plan to cover your first two services when you purchase the car. The timing belt service on 1.5-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines is due every 140,000 miles.

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Online Reviews Editor

Max looks after the reviews on the Auto Express website. He’s been a motoring journalist since 2017 and has written for Autocar, What Car?, Piston Heads, DrivingElectric, Carbuyer, Electrifying, and Good Motoring Magazine.

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