Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Neat, stylish but ergonomic design
  • Solid and good-quality feel
  • Dashboard shared with the Scala hatchback

The Kamiq’s interior follows the Scala’s with a new design for Skoda that adds a bit more pizzazz in terms of styling. There’s a nice sweeping panel across the dashboard with a touchscreen sitting proud of it – available in one of three sizes depending on the model you pick.

It features a new infotainment system that’s essentially a mild evolution of the older set-up, so you still get the same touch-sensitive shortcut keys around the side, but with updated menus, crisper graphics and the added feature of online services such as live traffic and weather updates. There’s also an online voice control system and ‘Digital Assistant’ called Laura and plenty of connectivity options including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – a first for Skoda.

The Kamiq also comes with Skoda’s virtual cockpit digital dials, adding an extra techy feel to the interior. It’s also a pleasant place to be in terms of quality. Materials used are superior to those found in the SEAT Arona, and the overall design is a little more interesting and sophisticated than the T-Cross, as well as rivals from Kia and Hyundai.

There are some harder, cheaper-feeling plastics in places like in any car of this type, but overall there’s a quality feel, and a selection of seat designs and materials also make it feel a little more premium than some rivals’ interiors.

Posher models do away with manual buttons for the climate control. This looks good, but is a pain compared with simple dials. While the temperature is controlled via a button, the fan isn't. This means using a touchscreen to change the fan speed while moving. This does prove to be annoying.

Is it comfortable?

  • Comfortable seats with plenty of adjustment
  • Hatchback-like driving position
  • Excellent ride comfort and refinement

Comfort is an area where Skodas have impressed for a long time, and the Kamiq continues this agreeable family trait, It doesn’t feel like a poor relation to the larger Superb in this regard, despite its more affordable price tag.

All seats we’ve tried offer plenty of support and adjustment that make long journeys much more pleasant, and it’s very easy to get comfortable behind the wheel. It’s similar in the back with seats that are well padded and contoured, avoiding the issue in some small crossovers of feeling like you’re just sitting on a bench in the back. You'll have to opt for the SE or SE L models to get adjustable lumbar support.

A large optional panoramic sunroof boosts the overall ambience inside the car as well, and could be worth ticking if you like a light, bright cabin.

It also rides very comfortably, with a softer suspension setup that smooths out harsh bumps in the road nicely, helping to keep the peace.

Wheel size makes a bit of a difference to comfort. But the good news here, is that even the largest 18-inch wheels do little in the way of making the Kamiq less comfortable. The 17-inch items do a better job of insulating drivers from bumps, but you'd do well to notice a difference unless you drove a car with a set of both sized wheels back to back.

The petrol versions of the Kamiq are particularly refined. Sound insulation is superior to the Arona, with the engines barely becoming audible even when moving off with greater gusto. At motorway speeds it’s very hushed, and barely any road noise is kicked up either. The diesel is also relatively hushed at motorway speeds, but sounds gruffer under hard acceleration in lower gears than the petrol models.