Skoda Kamiq Review

The Skoda Kamiq is an excellent small SUV with a spacious cabin and plenty of high-tech features that’s dead easy to drive and impressively comfortable.

9/10
Wowscore

This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car

What's good

  • Comfortable to drive
  • Very roomy back seats
  • Plenty of standard equipment

What's not so good

  • Alternatives have bigger boots…
  • …And are more exciting to drive
  • Desirable infotainment costs extra

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Overall verdict

The Skoda Kamiq is a small SUV that you’ll want to consider if you fancy something practical, comfortable and a little more stylish than a conventional family hatchback.

In this respect, it’s quite similar to the VW T-Cross, Citroen C3 Aircross and Renault Captur, but the Skoda Kamiq’s sharp styling means it looks quite a bit more grown-up than these cars. It’s a bit like a kid who’s chosen to come to a fancy-dress party in a three-piece suit instead of a tin-foil astronaut outfit – it’s not particularly dramatic, but it’ll still get noticed.

The two-piece headlights look just like those on the bigger Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs, while the stylish Skoda script on the bootlid is a nod to the Scala hatchback. It’s all very slick and helps make the Kamiq one of the classiest small SUVs around.

Things aren’t quite as bold inside, but you still get plenty of soft, posh-feeling plastics and a handful of chrome metal-effect trims on the door handles and air vents. You can even add some faux-suede trim in a variety of colours to the seats and doors for a bit more pizzazz.

The Skoda Kamiq’s infotainment system is another highlight – especially in range-topping Amundsen guise. This is easy to use, looks great and can be had with a digital driver’s display like the ones you get in many more expensive SUVs.

You used to want a Skoda because they were more practical than the alternatives. Now, the Kamiq shows they can be more comfortable, more high-tech and better looking, too.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

Thankfully, there’s still plenty of room for you to get comfy, despite all these fancy trims and desirable tech. Space in the back is very generous for a small SUV, too – even without the sliding rear seats like those you get in a T-Cross and C3 Aircross.

Sure, the Skoda Kamiq can’t quite match the bootspace in these cars, but it’s still very roomy and has plenty of clever features, such as a removable torch and a neat hidden luggage net under the parcel shelf.

The Skoda Kamiq’s engines aren’t quite so clever, but they’re still smooth, fairly punchy and pretty economical – if not particularly exciting. You can say the same about the way the Kamiq drives – it’s comfortable and easy to manoeuvre around town, but you won’t find yourself searching out twisty country roads for a quick Sunday afternoon blast.

It feels much more at home cruising along comfortable on motorways and A-roads than most small SUVs, however, thanks to its comfortable suspension and range of standard safety systems including automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.

Sure, you do have to pay a bit extra for adaptive cruise control, but even with a few options added, the Skoda Kamiq is still an affordable small SUV that strikes an excellent balance between being comfortable, practical and stylish. See how much you can save by visiting our Skoda Kamiq deals page or read on for our detailed interior, practicality and driving review sections.

What's it like inside?

The Skoda Kamiq’s interior doesn’t look quite as dramatic as the funky cabins you get in some small SUVs, but it feels very solid and comes with plenty of equipment as standard.

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How practical is it?

The Skoda Kamiq is one of the roomiest small SUVs on sale and comes with loads of clever features designed to make it easier to live with. The only thing it’s missing is sliding rear seats.

The Skoda Kamiq manages to upstage its VW T-Cross cousin in the looks department, yet is roomier inside has a boot that’s very nearly as big.

Mat Watson
carwow expert
Boot (seats up)
400 litres
Boot (seats down)
1,395 litres

You’ll have absolutely no problem getting comfortable in the front of the Skoda Kamiq. The large door openings and raised ride height make it very easy to climb in and there’s plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel to help you find a comfortable driving position.

There’s an impressive amount of space in the back, too, so six-foot-tall passengers will have more than enough head- and leg-room to get comfy behind an equally lofty driver. There’s space for them to push their feet all the way under the front seats, too – even in their lowest position.

There’s a tall lump in the rear floor, but at least it’s quite narrow so there’s space for a middle-seat passenger to put their feet comfortably to each side. They’ll have plenty of headroom too, even in models with a panoramic glass roof – because the sunblind folds forwards rather than rearwards.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a great deal of shoulder room to go around if you’re carrying three adults in the back at once. There’s plenty of room for three kids to get comfy, though, and it’s a doddle to fit a child seat thanks to the clearly-marked Isofix anchor points with easy-to-remove covers.

You won’t have any trouble lifting a bulky rear-facing child seat through the Skoda Kamiq’s wide rear door openings, either, and there’s an extra set of Isofix anchor points on the front passenger seat should you wish to put a child seat there instead.

The Skoda Kamiq comes with a decent number of storage spaces, including a generous glovebox, a felt-lined sunglasses tray beside the steering wheel and front-door bins that are large enough to carry a half-litre bottle. There’s also a pair of cupholders in the front and you can get a special storage tray that slots into one with dedicated slots for the car’s key and a phone. 

There’s also a storage tray under the dashboard with an optional wireless charging pad, and you’ll find a little extra space under the front armrest. There’s another folding armrest in the back with two built-in cupholders, but the rear door bins aren’t quite as large as those in the front.

The Skoda Kamiq has 400 litres of bootspace with the back seats in place. That’s slightly more than the VW T-Cross can carry, but, slide the VW’s back seats forward and it’ll swallow around 14% more luggage than the Skoda.

The Skoda Kamiq’s boot is just as easy to load as the T-Cross’s though, thanks to its wide opening, square shape and optional adjustable floor that almost eliminates the lip by the boot opening.

To carry even larger luggage, you can flip the back seats down in a two-way (60:40) split to boost the Skoda Kamiq’s boot space to 1,395 litres. That’s more than the VW T-Cross and Citroen C3 Aircross can manage, but a few litres shy of what’ll fit in the Skoda Scala hatchback. The seats fold almost completely flat, but there is a slight gap between them and the boot floor through which it’s easy to lose smaller items.

You get plenty of handy tie-down points and shopping hooks, a 12V socket and a netted cubby attached to the bottom of the parcel shelf to keep smaller items from rattling around. Additionally, there’s space to store the parcel shelf under the movable boot floor if you need to remove it. There’s also a handy removable torch that lights up the Skoda’s boot when open and is automatically recharged when you place it back into its holder.

What's it like to drive?

The Skoda Kamiq is an easy-to-drive small SUV that’s comfortable and fairly quiet, but other equally compact alternatives are more fun and come with a wider range of engines.

The Skoda Kamiq is a doddle to park and easy to see out of, yet it copes with bumps and potholes around town like a much larger SUV.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

You can get the Skoda Kamiq with one diesel and two petrol engines and with either a manual or an automatic gearbox. Unlike some small SUVs, you can’t get it with four-wheel drive, although you shouldn’t let that put you off.

The 95hp 1.0-litre petrol model is perfectly suited to pottering around in town. It’s smooth, relatively quiet for a small engine – even when you accelerate hard – and its five-speed manual gearbox is easy to use. It isn’t particularly quick – accelerating from 0-60mph takes around 11 seconds – but Skoda claims it’ll return around 55mpg.

If you’re looking for something a little faster to tackle a mix of city driving and motorway journeys, the 115hp 1.0-litre petrol is a much better choice. This model comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard but you can pay extra for a seven-speed automatic instead.

The manual-gearbox version is slightly faster and a touch more economical than the auto, reaching 60mph from rest in less than 10 seconds and returning around 53mpg, but the seven-speed automatic is worth considering if you spend lots of time in heavy traffic.

It can be a little hesitant when you’re pulling out of a turning and can be a little jerky when you’re parking, but it changes gear smoothly at speed and responds pretty quickly when you need a lower gear to overtake slow-moving traffic on a motorway.

Speaking of motorways, if you spend a lot of time behind the wheel you’ll want to check out the 1.6-litre 115hp diesel model. It isn’t quite as smooth as the petrol models, but it’s more economical on long journeys.

The Skoda Kamiq’s tall body and large windows make it easy to see out of and its tight turning circle and light steering help make it very easy to drive through tight city streets or in busy car parks.

Its suspension does a very good job ironing out bumps too, so you won’t feel a jarring thud through your seat if you fail to spot a pothole until too late. It gets even more comfortable on fast country roads and you won’t hear a great deal of tyre noise at motorway speeds. There is a little more wind noise produced by the Skoda Kamiq’s bluff windscreen and door mirrors than in a conventional hatchback, but it’s never particularly intrusive.

Head off the motorway and onto a twisty country road and you’ll find that the Skoda Kamiq doesn’t feel at all sporty. Sure, you can get it with lowered suspension with firmer, supposedly more sporty settings, but all this does is make the Kamiq less comfortable. At no point does it feel out of its comfort zone on windy mountain road, but neither will it encourage you to sprint from one hairpin to another. If you’re looking for a small SUV that’s good fun to drive, you’ll be better off with a SEAT Arona.

Thankfully, while this supposedly sporty option costs extra, you get plenty of safety kit as standard in every Skoda Kamiq. Lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection comes as standard, and you can get the Skoda Kamiq with adaptive cruise control to take the edge off very long journeys.

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