Skoda Kamiq (2019) Review
Skoda Kamiq (2019) At A Glance
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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