Skoda Kamiq Review 2022

Skoda Kamiq At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
Easy to drive, spacious and generously equipped, the Skoda Kamiq is a comprehensive small SUV that provides excellent comfort and value. A good choice of petrol and diesel engines means fuel costs should be low too, which makes the Kamiq one of the best crossovers for all-round appeal.

+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 £25,000. Ford Puma is more fun to drive. Rivals offer more boot space.

New prices start from £17,700, brokers can source from £19,802
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

Skoda has a proven record when it comes to compact but capable SUVs. The Yeti was a big success for Skoda, before it was replaced by the larger Karoq in 2018, but that gap has been 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 Kamiq 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 when 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.

Ask Honest John

Can I fit run-flat tyres to my Skoda Kamiq?
"I am buying a Skoda Kamiq 1.5 TSI SE, which comes with a tyre repair kit, which I would not be happy with. If I fit run flat tyres, will it need different pressure sensors and what size tyre should be fitted?"
It is generally advised not to fit run-flat tyres to a car that has not been designed to run them. Tyre fitters will tell you this. Firstly, the wheels have to be designed to work with the run-flats, if it hasn't been it won't work correctly. Secondly, run-flats have much stiffer sidewalls that can drastically alter the handling, ride and braking of a car if it hasn't been set up to use them. We would recommend purchasing a spare wheel instead (Skoda sells a genuine spare wheel kit for the Kamiq).
Answered by Lawrence Allan
Can you recommend a Skoda Yeti replacement?
"What should I buy (new) to replace our wonderful Skoda Yeti? We want a similar, small SUV (4WD not necessary), a high seat (like the Yeti), comfortable and reliable, with a good performance and fuel consumption. It should be petrol/automatic, and we do about 6,000-7,000miles per year. We are considering the Skoda Kamiq, Ford Puma and VW T-Cross. What would your choice be, and are there are others we should also consider? "
You've identified three of the best small SUVs on sale... you won't go wrong with the Kamiq, Puma or T-Cross. The Kamiq probably represents the best value for money, while the Puma is a bit sportier. This guide might be of interest:
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a comfortable small SUV?
"I want to buy a used hatchback or small SUV with the emphasis on comfort but with adequate performance. The biggest item I normally carry is a bicycle - my SEAT Leon FR is OK for size but the ride is anything but soft! The Skoda Kamiq looks promising but appears quite large. I want a manual box and 115 to 150 horsepower [petrol] with a budget of about £17,500. "
A Skoda Kamiq is a good option but will actually be smaller than your Leon in many ways. The bigger Skoda Karoq could be a good alternative. Look for one with small alloy wheels (and chunky tyres) for a soft ride. Also consider a Citroen C3 Aircross – it's a practical little SUV with a focus on comfort. Alternatively, a Honda Jazz is a versatile hatchback that'd be a great bike carrier.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a practical but small SUV that will carry our bowls equipment and dog?
"We are aged 80 and want a hatchback or small SUV with a flat boot that will take our heavy bowls equipment and/or carry our dog. We cover about 6000 miles a year, with a drive of 250 miles three times a year to our daughter on the Pennines. We favour Korean or Japanese manufacturers, although tried a Kona and were disappointed. Not keen on electric and have around £18,000 plus our 2009 Toyota Auris to spend on a nearly new vehicle. What can you recommend for us?"
We'd recommend a Skoda Kamiq. Although it's not made by a Korean or Japanese manufacturer, it's an excellent little SUV that'd be well suited to your requirements. Alternatively, look at a Honda Jazz. It's a very versatile hatchback and your budget will get the latest hybrid model.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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What does a Skoda Kamiq cost?

Buy new from £19,802(list price from £21,790)