Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

VerdictShould you buy a Skoda Kamiq?

Yes you should. If you're in the market for a small SUV that feels grown up, it sits up there with the top of the class. Skoda has managed to make an alternative not only to its VW Group sister cars – the SEAT Arona and VW T-Cross – but also the likes of the Renault Captur, Nissan Juke and Hyundai Kona, that’s stylish, sophisticated, well-equipped and good to drive.

It remains very much a Skoda, and plays to the company's strengths, with a practical interior and some clever extra touches that make it a great option as a small family car. Four adults fit comfortably, the boot is practical, it’s very easy to drive and the engines available are punchy yet frugal.

We’d opt for the 1.0-litre TSI with 115hp thanks to its greater flexibility than the 95hp, sticking with the manual gearbox as it’s slick and very easy to use. SE offers pretty much everything you'd want, although upgrading to the 9.2-inch infotainment screen adds a bit of wow to an otherwise bland interior. The DSG automatic transmission is fine if you want a two-pedal car, but can be hesitant to drive.

If you prioritise running costs the diesel will be your best option, but only if you cover enough miles to offset to higher purchase price.

You don’t need to opt for the optional Sport Chassis Control as regular models are already impressively comfortable, so that should save you a bit of money – we’d put that towards a panoramic sunroof to brighten up the spacious cabin.

In terms of trim levels, SE-spec cars are forecasted to be the most popular. SE L models add a few extra luxuries and nicer pieces of trim that could be worth jumping up to if you value a nicer feel inside.

The cheapest model, the 1.0TSI 95PS S starts at a little less than £18,000. A typical PCP agreement with a £3,000 deposit, will cost from £178 per month. Mid spec SE models with the 115hp 1.0-litre engine will cost around £219 per month. The Seat Arona, like for like, works out at a very similar price. The Renault Captur, usually offered with Renault's 0% APR deals, is a touch cheaper. Ranging from around £130-£200 per month.

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