Review: Skoda Kamiq (2019)

400 litre boot. More rear legroom than Volkswagen T-Cross or SEAT Arona. Versatile with plenty of interior stowage. Refined with low wind and road noise. Simple lever type handbrake. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available.

On sale late in 2019.

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18 September 2019 Skoda Kamiq priced from £17,700

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Skoda Kamiq (2019): At A Glance

The Skoda Kamiq rivals the Hyundai Kona, Nissan Juke and Citroen C3 Aircross. It is closely related to the Volkswagen T-Cross and SEAT Arona.

The interior features a large floating multimedia display on the dashboard. This is  standard on high-spec models, while smaller alternatives are offered further down the range.

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 is set to give the Kamiq a more upmarket feel.

Despite sharing a platform with the SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross, the Kamiq has a slightly longer wheelbase which results in more room for passengers in the rear. Boot space is a useful 400 litres - the same as the Arona - increasing to 1,395 litres once you fold the rear seats.

Skoda has confirmed that buyers get a choice of the usual Volkswagen Group mix of 1.0- and 1.5-litre petrols as well as a 1.6-litre diesel, along with a manual or DSG automatic gearbox. Prices from £16,500.

Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 115 2019 Road Test

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Skoda Kamiq (2019): What's It Like Inside?

The Skoda Kamiq is a versatile car. For its size, space in the back is good, with plenty of headroom and a reasonable amount of legroom for adults. There are lots of useful features in the cabin, including plenty of stowage and large door pockets. A host of optional Skoda 'Simply Clever' features such as an umbrella in the driver’s door and automatic door-edge protection adds to the feeling that the Kamiq is a car well suited to the rigours of family life.

Some harsh plastics if you look hard for them and there are a few giveaways that this is a Skoda rather than a Volkswagen (manual handbrake, unlined glove locker etc.), yet the Kamiq’s cabin feels close to premium. There are lots of soft-touch materials and we think it has the edge over the very similar SEAT Arona, if not the VW T-Cross.

Skoda’s latest infotainment system is available in three different screen sizes from 6.5 to 9.2 inches. Test car was fitted with the largest (and most expensive) system which lifts the cabin significantly. It’s simple to use, although some might find its lack of conventional buttons frustrating, but the in-built navigation is clear and easy to operate. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, too. There's also an Audi-like digital instrument cluster which is likely to be an expensive optional extra.

400 litre load area. Load length 700mm seats up; 1,500mm seats down.

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What's the Skoda Kamiq (2019) like to drive?

The Skoda Kamiq is available with a choice of 1.0 litre and (delayed) 1.5 litre petrol engines, as well as a 1.6-litre diesel. All are front-wheel drive (although Skoda claims the best ground clearance in the segment), and buyers can choose from a range of five and six-speed manual gearboxes and the DQ200 a seven-speed dry clutch DSG auto.

You can expect around 50mpg from the most frugal petrol and mid-50s for the diesel. If the Arona is anything to go by, the official figures will be fairly achievable in the real world. The DSG gearbox will knock fuel consumption slightly, so opt for a manual if you're worried about running costs.

The 115PS 1.0-litre as tested, combined with a six-speed manual gearbox is a superb little engine. 115PS is plenty powerful enough for most drivers, with enough gusto for motorway driving and tackling hills. It's a little noisy if you work it hard, but no more so than any other three-cylinder engine.

One of the most impressive things about the Kamiq is its refinement. It feels like a much larger car on the motorway, with a commanding view giving an impression of safety. ('Sit higher. See further. feel safer.') Very little wind or road noise makes its way into the cabin, while its standard suspension strikes a good balance between firm and wafty. There's an optional sports chassis, as yet undriven.

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What car should we replace our Skoda Yeti with?

I understand Skoda is launching a new crossover called the Kamiq. Can you please advise if this is a worthy replacement for the Yeti? I require a petrol to replace my Yeti diesel but I am a little bowled over by the numerous crossover vehicles now available. What would be your recommendation?
The Skoda Kamiq will be a small crossover, similar in size to the SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross. The Yeti was replaced by the Karoq, which is bigger than the Kamiq and similar in size to the SEAT Ateca. You might find the Kamiq is a good replacement for the Yeti if you don't need a great deal of boot space.
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