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Skoda Kodiaq review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Kodiaq is capable of over 50mpg, making it an even more attractive seven-seater SUV

The Skoda Kodiaq isn’t just one of the cheapest seven-seaters to buy, it should also prove to be one of the most cost effective to run. Flagship variants are thirstier and can get expensive, but even these offer a good level of economy for a car of this size and weight.

The most efficient engine choice is the 2.0-litre 148bhp diesel in conjunction with front wheel drive and a DSG automatic: in SE trim and with seven seats fitted, the claimed maximum fuel consumption (on the combined cycle) is 52mpg, with CO2 emissions from 141g/km.

It's worth noting that these figures will worsen slightly as you make your way up through the trim range, as weight and wheel size increase. Adding four-wheel drive also affects economy and emissions.

On the petrol front, an SE L-spec seven-seater with the entry 1.5-litre TSI unit will return up to 40.9mpg and emit 158g/km. With extra power and standard four-wheel-drive, the 187bhp 2.0-litre petrol version in the Sportline returns a best figure of 34mpg, with CO2 emissions from 188g/km.

Insurance groups 

Insurance groups for the Kodiaq make it look considerably cheaper than the competition. The base 1.5-litre petrols start from group 15 – the same as the most basic Nissan X-Trail models. Even the top-spec 197bhp 2.0 TDI slips in at group 27. 

Depreciation

Residual values for the Kodiaq are reasonable and on a par with similar SUVs, but aren't particularly spectacular. Expect values in the 40% range after three years of ownership, with the diesel 4x4 SE-spec versions offering the best value.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5 TSI SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £25,750

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 TSI SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £25,750

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 TSI 245 vRS 4x4 5dr DSG [7 Seat]
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £43,160

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