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 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.
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.
In this review
- 1Skoda Kodiaq reviewFor families looking for a practical, comfortable and good value SUV, the Skoda Kodiaq is hard to beat
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Kodiaq handles well for a big SUV and the ride is controlled - one of the best in the class
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Kodiaq is capable of over 50mpg, making it an even more attractive seven-seater SUV
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Kodiaq’s cabin is typical Skoda: Solidly built, easy to operate and versatile. It looks smart on the outside, too
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceAs spacious and versatile as the class best, the Kodiaq offers a huge boot and a choice of five or seven seats
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Kodiaq is impressively safe, while it should match the rest of the brand’s range in offering great reliability