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Skoda vs Volkswagen: which is best?

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WhoCanFixMyCar explores some of the key differences between Skoda and Volkswagen, taking into account maintenance costs and reliability, to determine which car make is best.

It’s no secret that Skoda and Volkswagen are very similar car brands - after all, they are both owned by the same parent company, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft Group, and they both share a fair amount of technology, too. But this doesn’t necessarily mean they are the same, as any car enthusiast will tell you. 

So what are the key differences between them, and which one is better? That’s what we’re going to look at in this guide.

Guide Contents:

Maintenance Costs

Model Range

Reliability

Warranty and Roadside Assistance

Are Skoda and Volkswagen Engines the Same?

Which is better, Skoda or Volkswagen?


Skoda vs Volkswagen: Maintenance Costs

After you’ve compared the up-front cost of a car, the next thing you’ll want to find out is how much it costs to maintain. This is an important factor to consider for any money savvy driver, particularly when there are so many similarities between the brands you are looking at. 

Below, you can find a table of the average maintenance costs for Skoda and Volkswagen across all models.

ServiceSkodaVolkswagen
Full Service£166.77£171.51
MOT£41.93£42.18
Full Service and MOT£198.40£199.08
Interim Service£107.23£111.37
Vehicle Health Check£50.89£45.67
Brake Fluid Change£54.32£54.41

Overall, Volkswagen comes out on top, with an average service and repair price of £219.92, compared to Skoda’s average of £223.68 (based on jobs booked through WhoCanFixMyCar). 

Nevertheless, for the two arguably most important categories, servicing and MOT, Skoda is cheaper, suggesting that it’s repairs rather than general maintenance where the Czech brand let's itself down.


Skoda vs Volkswagen: Model Range

Skoda has 12 key models, including the new Kodiaq, Karoq, Kamiq, Enyaq iV and Scala, as well as the classic Fabia, Octavia and Superb families. 

Volkswagen, on the other hand, has 13 key models, including the Polo, Golf, Up!, ID, T-Cross, Taigo, T-Roc, Tiguan, Touareg, Passat, Arteon, Touran and Sharan. 


Skoda vs Volkswagen: Reliability

Skoda and Volkswagen might be similar in a number of ways, but their reliability varies from model to model and even between petrol and diesel engines. The table below has been created using the What Car 2021 Reliability Study to help you compare across the different makes and models.

Small CarReliability Score
Volkswagen Up94.80%
Skoda Fabia91.70%
Volkswagen Polo80.60%
Family CarReliability Score
Skoda Octavia (petrol)95.50%
Volkswagen Golf (petrol)94.60%
Skoda Octavia (diesel)93.60%
Volkswagen Golf (diesel)89.40%
Executive CarReliability Score
Skoda Superb (petrol)99.20%
Volkswagen Passat95.80%
Skoda Superb (diesel)93.40%
Small SUVsReliability Score
Skoda Kamiq97.40%
Volkswagen T-Roc96.30%
Volkswagen T-Cross90%
Family SUVsReliability Score
Skoda Karoq (petrol)96.50%
Skoda Karoq (diesel)94.30%
Volkswagen Tiguan93.70%
Large SUVsReliability Score
Skoda Kodiaq (diesel)96%
Skoda Kodiaq (petrol)93.10%

The most reliable car overall is the petrol Skoda Superb with an impressive score of 99.2%, followed by the Skoda Kamiq with 97.4%. The best performing Volkswagen is the T-Roc with 96.3%.


Skoda vs Volkswagen: Warranty and Roadside Assistance

Volkswagen’s new car warranty is made up of a two year unlimited mileage manufacturers warranty and a further one year, or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first), warranty. You can choose to extend this warranty, too, with prices starting at £136 per year.

Skoda’s warranty offer is identical, with prices starting at £180 for extensions. In addition to this, all new Skoda's come with a three year paintwork warranty.


Are Skoda and Volkswagen Engines the Same?

It’s true that some Skoda and Volkswagen cars share the same parts and technology, but they are by no means identical under the bonnet. Mechanically, the Skoda Fabia is far more similar to the Volkswagen Polo, while the Skoda Octavia is much more like the Volkswagen Golf.

However, it’s clear from the different reliability scores and maintenance costs of these cars that there are important differences between them.


Which is Better, Skoda or Volkswagen?

The average maintenance and repair cost for Volkswagen cars is cheaper than Skoda by £3.76. However, services and MOTs are typically cheaper for the latter brand. So it’s a very close call to say which one is better!

Ultimately, the answer comes down to personal preference. It depends what type of car you’re looking for, how often you’ll be driving it, and what your budget is. Reading up on each car make and model is the best thing you can do to help you come to an informed decision.

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