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Skoda Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 190 4x4 DSG 7st: Living with it

motor1 logo motor1 26/12/2017 Vicky Parrott

2017 Skoda Kodiaq

2017 Skoda Kodiaq
© UK

Third update: Our Skoda's proving to be great at clearing mist and ice, but less brilliant with economy on short runs in cold weather

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It's winter, we've had a cold snap, and this has shown up a few good and bad things with our long-term Skoda Kodiaq. First, it's really rather good at clearing mist and ice since the heater seems to get warm within a minute, which is a joy when it's creeping to below zero and the news is filled with snowy scenes all over the UK.

Even if, annoyingly (because I love snow and would have thoroughly enjoyed testing the Kodiaq's four-wheel drive system in it), my temperate corner of Surrey remained free of the white stuff. 

Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 190 SE L © UK Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 190 SE L Anyway, short of the Ford or JLR quick-clear heated windscreen, I've not found another car that clears its screen quicker than the Skoda, and obviously there's the ice scraper tucked neatly in the fuel filler cap when I have needed to scrape the ice away. For the full warm and smug factor, the standard heated seats are a delight, too. 

One criticism is that I've noticed a bit of a drop in economy. I do quite a few short trips of a couple of miles between my house and the childminder's, and I'd normally see around 30ish (not great but not unusual for a huge four-wheel drive seven-seater), but the last few weeks I've noticed that it seems to have dropped to around 27mpg, even in Eco mode. That's with a reasonable average speed of 17mph over 3 miles. 

Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 190 SE L 4x4 © UK Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 190 SE L 4x4 Still, on longer jaunts on the motorway it's possible to get the Kodiaq up to 45mpg - as I managed on a run up to Chesterfield to see friends recently - but that's about the worst and best you can expect of it. Overall, we're still seeing around 38mpg overall as the miles really start to rack up past 6000. 

Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 190 SE L © UK Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 190 SE L As a final nod to the Kodiaq's winter-appropriateness, the standard full LED headlights are absolutely brilliant. And spending so much time in the dark inspired me to take a picture of the lovely detailing on the rear lights.

Despite occasionally poor economy, I'm finding the Skoda a thoroughly enjoyable to live with. For what is hardly an evocative car, I've developed quite the emotional attachment. I shall enjoy its unpretentious, no-nonsense brilliance over Christmas, no doubt. 

Average economy37.6mpg
Costs incurred£0

Our car: Skoda Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 190 4x4 DSG (7 seats)

List price£34,035
Estimated PCP finance£425pm (37 months, £5,000 customer deposit, 15,000 mile annual limit)
Options fittedBusiness Grey Metallic paint (£555), Dynamic Chassis Control (£980), Space saver spare wheel (£100), floor mats (£80)
Price as tested£35,750
WarrantyThree years/60,000 miles
Service intervals16,000 miles/12 months


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