Skoda has launched its first SUV, the Kodiaq, utilising the Volkswagen group’s MQB platform. The Czech firm hopes it’ll offer premium quality at an affordable price point with enough space for seven in its practical, well-built body. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide so you can decide if it’ll fit into your life…
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Skoda Kodiaq exterior dimensions
The Kodiaq is one of the largest SUVs in its segment. It’s significantly longer and wider than the Nissan X-Trail but isn’t quite as tall. It’s slightly larger than the Hyundai Santa Fe in every dimension but is trumped in length, width and height by the Kia Sorento.
|Width (including mirrors)||2,087mm|
Skoda Kodiaq interior dimensions
The Kodiaq has ample interior space. Up front, drivers will be able to get comfy without intruding into rear passenger room. In the second row, you’ll find plenty of head, shoulder and legroom while the seats can be moved backwards and forwards by as much as 18cm. Much like its rivals, the third row is a bit cramped and better suited to kids or small adults.
|Cabin width (front/rear)||1,527mm/1,510mm|
|Cabin height (front/rear)||1,020mm/1,014mm|
Skoda Kodiaq boot space
The Kodiaq leads the class in boot space by a 150-litre margin. Even with the optional third row of seats up, it boasts a respectable 270-litre boot – the same size as an Audi A1’s load bay. Lower the third row and the capacity increases to a capacious 720 litres while, with all but the front seats folded, it can swallow a hugely impressive 2,065 litres of luggage. It offers more space than both the X-trail (550-1,982 litres) and the Santa Fe (585-1,680 litres).
A 60:40 split in the second row should make carrying longer items easy. With the front passenger seat folded down, the Kodiaq can transport items up to 2.8m long, too. An electric opening bootlid can also be fitted with a gesture commanded tailgate allowing you to open and close it with a swipe of your foot. The only let down is a noticeable load-lip that can make loading bulky items a bit tricky.
|Boot space seats up||270 litres|
|Boot space seats folded||2,065 litres|
Skoda Kodiaq fuel tank size and turning circle
It’s certainly no London Taxi, but the Kodiaq’s turning circle is a respectable 11.6m – handy for manoeuvring around town or turning with a trailer attached. The Kodiaq betters the Santa Fe by 30cm, but can’t turn as tightly as the Nissan X-Trail with its 11.2m turning circle.
Fuel tank capacity varies from 58-60 litres – four-wheel drive variants benefit from two extra litres in both the petrol and diesel guise. The most frugal engine, a 148hp 2.0-litre diesel, is capable of 56mpg giving you a theoretical range of 739 miles.
|Fuel tank||58-60 litres|
|Turning circle||11.6 metres|
Skoda Kodiaq weight and towing limits
The Kodiaq’s lightweight chassis helps this large Czech SUV weigh as little as 1,427kg – undercutting rivals from Kia and Hyundai by as much as 200kg. Diesel models with seven seats and four-wheel drive tip the scales at a more portly 1,798kg, however.
The Skoda is on par with rivals in terms of towing capacity – it placed second in our list of the top 10 SUVs for towing. Front-wheel drive 123hp 1.4-litre petrol models can pull 1,600kg trailers while four-wheel drive versions can manage as much as 1,800kg. A more powerful version of the same engine offers limits of 1,800kg in front-wheel drive spec and 2,000kg in four-wheel drive models. The most powerful petrol engine, a 178hp 1.4-litre unit, has a towing capacity of 2,200kg.
In order to get the most out of the Kodiaq, we recommend you choose a diesel-powered model. Top spec 2.0-litre versions with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive can tow 2,500kg braked trailers – seven-seat versions of the same model offer a respectable 2,000kg limit.
Nose weight limits vary throughout the range from 66kg to 100kg. The Kodiaq is equipped with two handy features for towing, too – trailer Assist, a system that helps steer when reversing, and an electrically retractable towbar.
|Weight||1,427kg – 1,798kg|
|Braked towing limit||1,600kg – 2,500kg|