Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI SE 5dr DSG

  • Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 53.2 mpg
  • 5 door suv
  • 139 g/km CO2
  • 139 g/km CO2 emissions
  • 53.2 mpg Fuel efficiency
  • 9.6 secs 0 to 62 mph
  • 150 bhp Engine power

Ten Second Review

Skoda is now well established in the upper part of the mid-sized SUV segment with its Kodiaq, a model usefully upgraded in this second generation form with a smarter look, both inside and out, and some more efficient engines. You can still have seven seats and four wheel drive. And, whatever spec is chosen, you still get class-leading passenger space and a range of distinctly Skoda 'Simply Clever' features. It can tow up to 2.5-tonnes too - and has one of the largest boots in the class. In other words, you'd have to take this contender seriously.

Background

The Kodiaq was the car that started the Skoda SUV revolution back in 2016. Since then, the brand has sold over 3 million SUVs, expanding the range with the mid-sized Karoq and the even smaller Kamiq. And all the while, the Kodiaq has been selling steadily, with 840,000 sales in the first six years of production, helped by a mid-term update in 2021 and over 40 international awards. So how do you right a best seller? This roomier, more sophisticated second generation model is Skoda's answer to that question, car which customers can specify in PHEV plug-in form for the first time. The latest MLB Evo platform and engineering here is borrowed from the company's Superb (and the ninth generation Volkswagen Passat), but the finished product feels very much an evolution of its predecessor.

Driving Experience

You don't buy a Kodiaq prioritising engaging driving dynamics, but nevertheless, Skoda promises these should be improved as a result of this second generation model's switch to the VW Group's latest MQB Evo platform, a lightly evolved version of the MQB chassis used before. As with the other recently introduced models that use these underpinnings (latest versions of Volkswagen's Tiguan and Passat, plus Skoda's own Superb), the engines that feature have been evolved too. This is the first Kodiaq to get mild hybrid power, a 1.5-litre TSI e-TEC unit developing 150PS. This engine also forms the basis for the first Plug-in Hybrid version of this model, the Kodiaq iV, which pairs it with an electric motor and a 25.7kWh battery that when fully charged claims to be able to take the car up to 62 miles. Later, a top vRS variant will join the range with a conventional 2.0-litre TSI turbo powerplant. The brand is still defiantly offering diesel too, with the usual pair of TDI options, with either 150 or 193PS, the latter with standard 4WD. As with later versions of the old model, all Kodiaqs must have 7-speed DSG auto transmission. There'll be the option of a redeveloped 'DCC Plus' Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive damping system which now uses two-valve technology to control suspension rebound and compression (replacing the old single-valve system). Expect ride quality to be significantly improved as a result.

Design and Build

You'd recognise this as a Kodiaq; the design approach here is intentionally evolutionary. Apart from a small 61mm increase in length, it's not even much different in size (4,758mm long). Yet this is also clearly a different kind of Kodiaq, styled with elements of the brand's 'Modern Solid' philosophy that was previewed by the recent 'Vision 7S' concept car. Squared-off wheel arches house the segment's usual big rims, while the heavily sculpted bonnet flows down into a prominent hexagonal grille featuring the company's latest badge. There's a coloured D-pillar insert and you can also have an optional LED light strip running across the front end. As you'd expect these days, there's a better quality screen-heavy interior waiting for the driver inside. And to compensate for the way those displays have inhaled many of the previous knobs and buttons, Skoda has inserted three so-called 'Smart Dials' below the centre stack vents. The outer two have fixed settings, but the middle one can be customised to control various preferred functions - like fan speed, audio volume or drive mode. This arrangement - and the fact that it's no longer necessary to allow for the fitment of a manual gearbox - has allowed the designers to clean up the look of the dash area and create more storage space, a quest aided by the auto gear selector's move from the centre console to the steering column. We mentioned screens; the 10.25-inch instrument panel TFT set-up can be paired with an optional head-up display and there's a 'floating' centre monitor that'll be either 10 or 13-inches in size, depending on the spec you choose. Further back in the car, it's much as owners of the first generation model will remember, except with a little more space. The second row slides and reclines as before. Because both five and seven-seat versions will continue to be offered, you won't automatically get a third row, but if one's been fitted it'll still be primarily for kids (as before), though Skoda reckons that improvements in headroom will make life more bearable at the very back for adults confined there on short journeys. Those seven-seat models now offer 340-litres of boot space with all the chairs in use, rising to 845-litres with the third row folded (up 70-litres on the MK1 model) and 2,035-litres with everything folded flat. The five-seat model has a 910-litre boot extendable to 2,105-litres. So yes, it's all very practical.

Market and Model

Expect some mild massaging of prices here over the previous generation model, but you can still bank on decent value. If you budget somewhere in the £36,000-£40,000 bracket for most base variants, then you won't be far out, but if you want to spoil yourself with a higher-spec Kodiaq, you're going to be paying in the £40,000-£45,000 bracket. The core trim options are base 'SE' and mid-range 'SE L' - and there's a premium of around £1,100 if you want to upgrade from five to seven seats with 'SE'-spec: 'SE L'-spec comes only with seven seats. You can also ask your dealer about the more dynamic-looking 'Sportline' trim that Skoda is reintroducing with this MK2 model. This version gets a gloss black finish for the D-pillar, the side mirror caps, the rear diffuser and the badging, plus a bespoke design for the 19-inch wheels, with 20-inch rims available at extra cost. In the mainstream part of the range, you'll be choosing between three interior trim designs. There's 'Loft', which offers conventional grey fabric seats. But a bit nicer is 'Lounge', which uses a suede-like microfibre cloth with yellow stitching. Or you might like 'ecoSuite', which features either black or cognac-coloured leather that's treated and tanned using sustainable practices. Lots of clever options can be added including a twin wireless charging pocket that comes with its own air vent keep your handset cool as it charges. You can also add a head-up display, adaptive damping, massaging seats and a parking assistant that remembers your manoeuvres. Across the line-up, all the usual drive assist features are provided and you can add to them in various ways, including a 'Travel Assist' semi-autonomous driving system.

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 MK2 Kodiaq illustrates that very well. If you opt for the base TSI petrol 1.5-litre petrol variants, you're looking at about 45mpg on the combined cycle and about 140g/km of CO2. The base 2.0 TDI diesel improves that to around 55mpg and around 135g/km. As we told you in our 'Driving' section, the PHEV model is capable of around 62 miles of range before you need to use fossil fuel. Skoda reckons that will allow many families to use this car as an EV, given German market research suggesting that 95% of journeys are less than 31 miles long and 99% are shorter than 62 miles. The brand claims that with petrol and electric power sources combined, the Kodiaq iV PHEV's range would stretch to over 620 miles. The PHEV battery supports DC charging at up to 50kW. That means a 10 to 80% battery top up will take around 25 minutes, while the 11kW on-board charger allows full home battery replenishment to take as little as 2 hours. As for servicing across the range, the recommended intervals for all engines are based around a 20,000 mile/2 year regime. And you can budget ahead for maintenance costs by taking out a fixed-price pre-paid servicing plan at point of purchase that covers the first two scheduled garage visits. Finally, we should mention residual values, which is an area where Skoda usually performs surprisingly well. This MK2 Kodiaq is not going to upset that form; its predecessor achieved residual values in the 42% range after the usual three year ownership period and you can expect a similar showing here. Base diesel 4x4 variants do best on residuals. Finally, while it's certainly true that other rivals better the three year 60,000 mile warranty that Skoda provides, you can extend your cover to four or five years by paying extra. Not that you really need to. The brand regularly tops independent consumer satisfaction surveys: according to real people, there are few more satisfying cars to own.

Summary

Nothing too radical has been done here to change the Kodiaq buying proposition. Nothing too radical was needed. Yet this is still a different kind of Kodiaq, more spacious, better connected and potentially sharper to drive. It also gains the PHEV technology its predecessor strangely never got. Even so, if you didn't already want a Kodiaq before, you probably still won't want one now. But if this Czech family crossover takes your interest, then there are now even more reasons to feel satisfied with your choice. As with the original model, we like the little touches. Like the integrated ice scraper and the umbrellas in the doors that'll be so welcome when you've set out ill-equipped for a rainy day. And in summary? Well as before, this Kodiaq aces the attributes that are most important for customers in this segment: comfort, decent all-round value and the option of spacious 7-seat practicality. All of which means one thing: if you've a growing family, a sensible budget and a desire for the style of an SUV, the Kodiaq's still a car you can't ignore.

  • 2x USB-C in the rear
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Black wheel arch surrounds
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Ice scraper in fuel tank cap
  • Invisible tailpipe
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Safety reflectors on front and rear doors
  • Window control switches with black trim
  • Without engine designation
  • 1.5l bottle holder points in all door
  • 12V socket in boot
  • 3 configurable smart dials with 32mm coloured display
  • 4 foldable roof handles with rear coat hooks
  • Automatic gear selector on steering wheel
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Fabric headlining
  • Front centre armrest with jumbo box storage compartment, cup holder and 12V socket
  • Manually adjustable steering column
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • Retractable luggage compartment cover
  • Sliding trunk cover
  • Small Bags on the inner sides of the front backrests
  • Storage pocket including mobile phone pockets on the backs of the front seats
  • Ticket holder on A Pillar
  • Umbrella in door panel x1 made from sustainable materials
  • USB C port by rear view mirror for charging only (15W)
  • Auto door release and activation of warning lights
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with knee airbag and front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • Electric child locks
  • Fuel cut off safety device
  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Safety vest holder in door
  • Seat belt reminder for all seats
  • Tailgate unlocking from outside
  • Three point rear seat belts
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Alarm with interior monitoring and tilt sensor with safe function
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 keys
  • HC: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL: 139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL: 118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL: 190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL: 138
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1968
  • Compression Ratio: 16.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 81
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 95.5
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 5.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 53.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 49.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 53.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 49.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 53.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 58.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 37.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 38.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 50.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 53.7
  • AdBlue: True
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: TDI
  • Coin Series: SE
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 140000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.6
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 266
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 36.7
  • Engine Torque - NM: 360
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys: True
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: MAZENO SILVER
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: 1659
  • Height (including roof rails): 1679
  • Length: 4758
  • Wheelbase: 2791
  • Width: 1864
  • Width (including mirrors): 2133
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 57.5
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2230
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 2105
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 910
  • Max. Loading Weight: 572
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1658
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.2