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Skoda Kodiaq vs Volkswagen Tiguan

Skoda Kodiaq vs Volkswagen Tiguan

When it comes to your family, bigger is often better. Whether you have just the 1.9 children or a whole litter of rugrats, the more space you have, the more distance you can keep between the warring parties that is your children.

Bigger also often means safer, with a more robust build and room for crumple zones, meaning if the worst does happen, you can be rest assured that your children will have greater protection. And more space also means more room for the buggies, the backpacks and all the accessories you need to keep your little ones happy.

All this is one of the reasons why the SUV has become so popular.

The SUV – The perfect family car

It wasn’t until the Qashqai came along that SUVs and the many different types of crossover variations became a viable family car. SUVs were once solely used as commercial vehicles, more commonly seen on farms or in forests. Environments where rugged hardworking cars were needed.

But the SUV has always had everything you need for a family vehicle. The surprising success of the Qashqai did not go unnoticed, and other car companies were quick to create their own entries into the family SUV market. The Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan are two of the best recent entries. So how do they stack up?

Skoda Kodiaq

Quite possibly the best builder of practical, safe, well-designed family cars on the market, the Skoda Kodiaq is their biggest model. With 7 seats, you fan fit an entire mob of children in the car. Expect to find yourself being nominated for every school car pool or outing.

It’s size is the USP. Plenty of space in and around each of the seats, for adults or children, so you can be sure that they won’t be squabbling too much.

It’s 4x4 all wheel drive means you can tackle any terrain, should you decide to head to the countryside for a day trip. Why not go to a safari park and make the rhinos a bit jealous with this rugged machine?

Safety is top priority with a family and the Kodiaq doesn’t skimp there. It receives the full five-star score from Euro NCAP, meaning it ticks all the right boxes for passenger and driver protection – both adults and children.

The best thing about the Kodiaq? It’s price. For a car this size and this well-designed, you might be expecting to pay through the nose. But starting from £25,000, it is extremely reasonable for what you get for your money.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen are known for creating well-built, smartly designed cars with a variety of engines to choose from, be it petrol or diesel. Especially when you consider the emissions scandal, the diesel engines have been reworked to ensure that they meet all the EU guidelines.

The Tiguan is their entry into the SUV market, and it is a truly outstanding car. Third in sales, behind only the Polo and Golf, the Tiguan has everything you need from a family car. Big and spacious? Check. A set of technology options that mean you can tailor the car to fit you and your family? Check.

Safety rating? Five stars from Euro NCAP, and that’s without some of the smart safety features that don’t come as standard. Efficient, economical engines give plenty of MPG. The price is also not going to break the bank, with new standard models available at a similar price to the Kodiaq.

So which is better?

This is one of the rare cases where there is no stand out winner. Both cars tick all the right boxes when it comes to family cars. It really comes down to a question of taste. Go for the one that catches your eye and you’ll be more than pleased with what you get.

Car Buying Tips  19/06/2019 17:28:17

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