Skoda Kamiq Review 2023
Skoda Kamiq At A Glance
Skoda has a proven record when it comes to compact but capable SUVs. The Yeti was a big success, before it was replaced by the larger Karoq in 2018, but the gap in the range was plugged with the impressive Kamiq. Admittedly, it’s not as plush as the Peugeot 2008 or as good to drive as the Ford Puma, but the Czech model is still one of the best small SUVs going and we’ll reveal why in our Skoda Kamiq review.
Skoda is a major player in the family car market, thanks to its ability to build 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-round small SUVs 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 on refinement and comfort. Wind and road noise levels are suppressed 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 petrol engine, which officially returns up to 52mpg, while those seeking more power can opt for the 1.5 TSI petrol with 150PS. Up until 2021, the Kamiq was also offered with a 1.6 TDI diesel 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 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 for a relatively cheap SUV.
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.