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Skoda’s smallest SUV is accomplished and appealing

Skoda Kamiq SUV (19 on) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £17,560 - £24,950
Fuel Economy 38.2 - 56.5 mpg
Road tax cost £145
Insurance group 8 - 17 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Interesting looks set it apart from other VW Group cars
  • Pleasant interior with lots of space inside
  • Generous spec and up-to-date technology

CONS

  • Doesn’t offer an SUV driving position that looks suggest it has
  • DSG transmissions aren’t as slick as you might expect
  • If you want four-wheel drive, look elsewhere

Skoda Kamiq SUV rivals

Written by Murray Scullion on

The new Skoda Kamiq completes a trio of SUVs offered by the rapidly-growing Czech carmaker. It fits in at the bottom of the line-up, with the Karoq and the Kodiaq above it. What lies under its skin is very familiar, as it shares lots of its oily bits with the SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross. You won't be surprised by its styling, which is very similar to its larger SUV brothers. If you like the looks of the Karoq, but want a smaller and sharper version, keep reading.

The Kamiq is an evolution of the current Skoda design language – which puts clear blue water between this and its Volkswagen Group sister cars. New themes for the Kamiq include optional slimline LED running lights sitting above the main LEDs, and a prominent grille. Look at the bootlid, and you'll find the Skoda name spelled out across the tailgate like the Scala hatchback. If that impresses you, get a load of this: it's also the first Skoda to have both front and rear dynamic indicators.

Small SUVs are the fastest growing type of car in the UK car market. Skoda reckons it'll take a 3% share of this segment with the Kamiq. That's doing well considering the strength and weight of the opposition. As well as its VW and SEAT counterparts to consider, the Kamiq goes up against the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008, Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Stonic and Hyundai Kona.

What's it like inside?

It's very much a Skoda in terms of design and switchgear, with the dashboard largely lifted from the Scala hatchback, but the touchscreen infotainment system follows the fashionable form of being positioned high up and floating free. So it looks like an iPad-on-the-dash and comes in one of three sizes depending on the model. You also get a fully digital instrument panel, which is rapidly becoming a common feature of cars in this market sector.

2019 Skoda Kamiq Interior

The Kamiq gets a longer wheelbase than the SEAT Arona, which Skoda says affords it more space in the front and rear than the cars it’s competing for sales with. Luggage room is also competitive, with a seats-up capacity of 400 litres, which expands to 1,395 litres with the rear down.

What engines and transmissions are there?

It's based on Volkswagen Group's MQB AO architecture, shared with most smaller SEATs, Skodas, Audis and VWs, which means it has all-independent suspension on pricier versions. But if you want four-wheel drive, you're going to have to look elsewhere – it's front-wheel drive only.

Our experience of Skoda SUVs are that they generally ride more softly than their SEAT and Volkswagen cousins, and it’s very much the case, although it still feels nicely balanced and almost as sporty as a SEAT Arona. This would explain why the Kamiq is optionally available with Sport Chassis Control, which gets adjustable dampers and a lower ride height, while remaining impressively comfortable at other times.

The engine range doesn’t offer up too many surprises – a pair of 1.0-litre TSI petrols (95 and 115hp) as well as the 1.5-litre TSI Evo developing 150hp. If you want diesel, the 1.6-litre TDI in 115hp form is also offered. There’s a choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG gearboxes available depending on the engine configuration.

Familiar trim level line-up

The Kamiq is available in S, SE and SE L trim levels, with a sportier-looking Monte Carlo range-topper coming soon. Expect a more aggressive look and sporty touches inside and out.

All models come with LED lights, alloy wheels, air-con, touchscreen infotainment and DAB radio. You'll want to move up to SE for automatic control of the headlights and wipers and a bigger media screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. 

SE L is more luxury-focused with microsuede upholstery, keyless entry and ignition and gloss black interior trim, while the Monte Carlo will feature black exterior detailing, a panoramic roof, dark alloy wheels and LED ambient lighting in red. 

Read on for the full Skoda Kamiq review

Skoda Kamiq SUV rivals