Skoda Kamiq (2019) Review

Skoda Kamiq (2019) At A Glance


+Spacious and versatile. High level of standard equipment. Easy to drive. Excellent 1.0 TSI engine.

-A mid-spec model with a few options will easily exceed £20,000. SEAT Arona is more involving to drive. Rivals offer more boot space.

Skoda is a major player in the SUV and crossover market, thanks to its ability to build family-friendly cars that are easy to drive, well-equipped, comfortable and supremely practical. Few models demonstrate this process better than the Kamiq. In our view, it's one of the best all-rounder compact crossovers on sale today.

The Skoda Kamiq shares its engines, tech and mechanical platform with the Volkswagen T-Cross and SEAT Arona, but has a slightly longer wheelbase that provides more space for passengers in the rear and a 400-litre boot - the same as the Arona - increasing to 1395 litres once you fold the rear seats.

The Renault Captur and Nissan Juke beat the Kamiq for outright boot space, but the Skoda redeems itself when on refinement and comfort. Wind and road noise levels are well-supressed and the ride quality is generally good - even on 18-inch alloy wheels.

That focus on comfort and refinement does have a negative impact on handling, with the Kamiq's overpowered steering and soft pedals providing vague levels of feedback. Skoda offers an optional sport chassis control system to lower the car by 15mm and add adjustable shock absorbers to sharpen the handling, but this is a car that's clearly designed for drivers who value comfort over performance. 

Most buyers will opt for the excellent 1.0 TSI 115PS petrol engine, which officially returns 47.9 - 42.8mpg, while those seeking more power can opt for the 1.5 TSI petrol with 150PS, which appears to be free from the hesitancy issues that have affected other Skoda models. Diesel options are limited to a single 1.6 TDI with 115PS. Most engines get a positive shifting six-speed manual gearbox as standard while a seven-speed DSG is available as an optional extra.  

All versions of the Kamiq are generously equipped as standard. This means base models get alloy wheels, LED headlights and touchscreen infotainment. A mid-spec version adds a range of Simply Clever features, which include an umbrella in the driver's door and a removable LED torch in the boot. There's also an optional 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit in place of conventional dials behind the steering wheel, while ambient lighting in copper, red or white gives the Kamiq's cabin a more upmarket feel.

The only criticism that we can fairly level at the Kamiq is in its styling, which is derivative inside and out. However, while the Kamiq is somewhat anonymous to look at, we think it provides a classy and refined experience that few of its rivals can match.

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What small crossovers do you recommend?
"I'm looking for a new car - my absolute must-haves are a high driving position and rear sensors. I have about £20k to spend on a car and was thinking Nissan Juke or VW T-Cross. "
The T-Cross is a better option than the Nissan Juke. We'd also recommend a Skoda Kamiq – it's very similar to the T-Cross with a shared platform and engines but your money will go futher. We'd also recommend a Ford Puma.
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I do very low mileage. Should I get a diesel or hybrid?
"I'm looking to change my car (petrol Nissan Qashqai) to an automatic as I do around 3000 miles a year, mostly town driving and the odd motorway trip. My wife is disabled with hip problems so I need something she would be able to get in and out of easily. I've been looking at a Skoda Superb diesel as it has loads of room in it for her and family. Also looking at a Toyota Prius as I was told a hybrid might be better for my mileage. Can you give me any advice as to what cars I should be looking at? Thanks for your help."
Avoid diesels – they're not suited to low annual mileages or regular short journeys, so you'll only have trouble. A petrol or hybrid would be a better option. A crossover SUV like your Qashqai might be the best option for your wife to get in and out of. We'd recommend a Skoda Kamiq or the bigger Karoq. If you'd prefer a hybrid, consider a Kia Niro.
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Need a replacement car and have two teenagers. What do you suggest?
"My daughters Vauxhall Meriva is coming to the end of its life and, as she's a single parent with two teenagers, I'm thinking about a replacement for her. I would be grateful for your advice and would like to go with something with a bit more quality. I like Toyota but there isn’t a like-for-like replacement. The car has done well but the engine is well worn and uses oil. The Meriva has now been replaced by the Crossland, which I don’t know much about but I would like to support her with something of better quality. Many thanks."
Take a look at the Skoda Kamiq. It's a very practical little crossover SUV (like the Vauxhall Crossland), that's well made and represents excellent value for money. It's very practical, too, with loads of space for two teenagers. You could also consider slightly bigger cars like the Skoda Karoq or Peugeot 3008.
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What’s the best petrol or hybrid, midsize SUV?
"What’s the best petrol or hybrid, midsize SUV with an automatic gearbox? I don’t need a huge family car but I do need plenty of space/seats that can fold flat/recline and easy access to the boot). Need heated seats, mirrors, cameras, easy to drive but solid enough that it’s not going to breakdown or require a lot of maintenance. I have no idea where to begin. Thank you. "
Take a look at the new Ford Puma. It's our favourite small crossover on the market today - good to drive, versatile and will be cheap to run. It's available as a mild-hybrid, too, although don't let that influence your decision too much - it can't drive on electric power alone and the impact on efficiency is minimal. Also consider the excellent Skoda Kamiq or Peugeot 2008. If you'd prefer something a bit bigger, we'd recommend a Peugeot 3008 or Skoda Karoq.
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What does a Skoda Kamiq (2019) cost?

Buy new from £15,344 (list price from £18,370)