Skoda Kodiaq review - Reliability and safety
The Kodiaq is impressively safe, while it should match the rest of the brand’s range in offering great reliability
The Kodiaq sits on the same MQB platform as first debuted on the Superb. It’s also found in the Ateca and Tiguan, while almost all of the powertrains and technology are already found across the VW Group’s architecture. While it’s too early to say for sure, that part sharing should make the cars more reliable as any problems should have been identified on previous models.
The Kodiaq finished 6th out of 75 cars in our 2021 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, with owners praising its practicality, infotainment and build quality.
With seven airbags fitted as standard across the range, plus autonomous braking with a pedestrian monitor and multi-collision brake, to stop secondary impacts after a crash, it’s no surprise the Kodiaq achieved a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Lane assist and a blind spot detection system are available as standard on the Laurin and Klement versions, while a driver fatigue sensor is optional across all versions.
The 2021 facelift included improvements to some of the Kodiaq's safety systems: the automatic emergency braking system can now recognise pedestrians and cyclists, while the rear-facing radar sensors can detect if the car is about to be hit from behind, and can prepare the cabin accordingly in a split second.
Skoda offers the Kodiaq with a typical (but unremarkable) three-year, 60,000 mile warranty as standard. Although there is the option to extend that to five years and have the mileage capped at 100,000 miles for additional peace of mind. Kia’s Sorento comes with seven years of cover as standard, however, while the Hyundai Santa Fe gets five years.
A basic oil and inspection service costs from £184, while Skoda also provides customers with the option of purchasing service plans with the option to spread the cost of scheduled maintenance over 18 months to two years.
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 CostsThe 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 Safety - currently readingThe Kodiaq is impressively safe, while it should match the rest of the brand’s range in offering great reliability