Read Caroline’s Skoda Kodiaq review for everything you need to know about buying the new Kodiaq in Ireland in 2024.

The Skoda Kodiaq has been a bestseller since it launched in Ireland all the way back in 2017, well known for being one of the most spacious and best value seven seaters on the market.

The second generation model arrives this summer priced from €53,670 and will be available with the choice of petrol, diesel, or plug-in hybrid technology for the very first time.

I was in Barcelona recently with Skoda Ireland to check it out ahead of its Irish debut.

Caroline and the 2024 Skoda Kodiaq
Caroline and the 2024 Skoda Kodiaq

Styling

The Kodiaq has grown up and is a bit more imposing than its predecessor. It’s longer overall in length, which is good for space for your passengers on the inside. The second generation Kodiaq sports a smart evolution of the classic style that made this SUV such a hit in the first place. But the redesigned front end and rear make it look even a little bit grander.

Improved aerodynamics should be good for fuel economy too. Skoda’s modern design language sees a new protruding grille than can be ordered with 14 light elements to form a striking light strip between the headlamps. Dark chrome matt replaces shiny chrome on the grille surround. A revised Skoda logo sits upon a reshaped bonnet. Matrix LED headlights and dynamic rear indicators are available for a premium touch.

Wheel sizes are available from 18- to 20-inch. The range will start with the Selection and Selection +, with a Sportline to be added later.

Interior

The Kodiaq gets a brand new Skoda interior and it looks a lot more modern and tech-focused than before. There are some beautiful upholsteries and material finishes available, including synthetic leather on the Selection+ model. There’s also a new two-spoke steering wheel with paddles and ambient lighting for a premium finish.

The new Skoda Kodiaq is arriving in Ireland this summer
The new Skoda Kodiaq is arriving in Ireland this summer

A 10.25-inch digital dashboard display and 10.4-inch infotainment display take centre stage, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and two wireless smartphone charging pads as standard. A 13-inch display is available as part of a technology pack. The Skoda ‘smart dials’ also debut and are a clever invention. These three, intuitive multifunctional controls are positioned below the infotainment display and can be used to adjust the climate controls quickly and the middle one is customisable for your favourite features.

The automatic transmission gear selector has been repositioned to the steering column, creating more space in the centre console for storage and cupholders.

Standard features for Ireland will include keyless entry/go, adaptive cruise control, tri-zone climate control, reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors, and heated front seats.

Practicality

Whether you go for a five or seven-seat model, the Kodiaq boasts a huge boot and powered tailgate as standard for added practicality. The volume is up about 75 litres on the previous version, with up to 910 litres available in five seat versions/845 litres in seven seaters (about 100 litres less in the plug-in hybrid at 745 litres).

The cabin of the 2024 Skoda Kodiaq
The cabin of the 2024 Skoda Kodiaq

The second row of seating is hugely spacious with huge footwells and generous headroom too. The seats can slide forward and back to create a bit more legroom for those in the third row.

Even seven seat models can muster about 340 litres of boot space when all seven seats are in use. It’s worth noting that space in row three is more suitable for children than adults.

Petrol and diesel Kodiaqs are seven seaters as standard, while the plug-in hybrid will be five seat only.

Engines

The new Kodiaq is available with a choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid powertrains. The range kicks off with a 1.5-litre turbo petrol with 150hp, and mild hybrid and cylinder deactivation technology to boost efficiency.

There’s also the well-proven 2.0-litre diesel with 150hp in the front wheel drive model, or 190hp in the Kodiaq 4×4.

Petrol and diesel Kodiaqs come with a 7-speed DSG automatic.

There’s also a new 1.5-litre petrol electric hybrid with 200hp and a range in the region of 100 kilometres.

The new Kodiaq will be available with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid powertrains
The new Kodiaq will be available with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid powertrains

Driving

The Kodiaq is a smooth and serene drive with the diesel offering plenty of power and torque, and good economy too (as low as 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres in the front wheel drive version). Diesel is by far the most popular choice for the Kodiaq on the Irish market and Skoda Ireland expect that trend to continue.

The Kodiaq is a brilliant SUV to be behind the wheel of, offering good comfort and refinement levels. For such a large car, it’s easy to manoeuvre around tight country roads or in town, while it happily munches up the miles out on the motorway. There’s loads of grip, and the power and torque of the diesel makes for a satisfying drive.

The new plug-in hybrid is equally impressive. It offers drivers a little more flexibility with the ability to be run as a hybrid or on electric power alone for a range of about 100 kilometres. It might suit a town and suburban driver who can keep the battery topped up and make the most of running the car on its battery power alone. It’s a smooth and silky delivery of power and noticeably quieter than the diesel too.

Pricing 

The Kodiaq diesel range starts from €53,670 for the front wheel drive or from €61,870 for the 4×4. The petrol range starts from €54,380, while the plug-in hybrid will be available from €57,590.

Rear seating in the Skoda Kodiaq
Rear seating in the Skoda Kodiaq

Verdict 

The Skoda Kodiaq is well established now in the Irish market and a family favourite – it was the best selling seven-seat SUV in 2023.

Kodiaq is not as affordable as it once was but it still manages to feel like good value in the market. It’s a seven seater that doesn’t disappoint and a suitable flagship for the Czech brand – a vehicle with space, practicality, comfort, quality and good looks on its side.

There’s also a very suitable engine range and the new plug-in hybrid adds more flexibility for those keen to experiment with a little bit of battery-powered driving.

If you’re in the market for an upmarket seven seater, this has to be on your list.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Skoda Kodiaq is a brilliant seven seat SUV
The Skoda Kodiaq is a brilliant seven-seat SUV