Skoda Kamiq interior
The Skoda Kamiq’s interior feels very solid and comes with plenty of equipment as standard, but it doesn’t look quite as dramatic as the funky cabins you get in some small SUVs.
The Skoda Kamiq’s interior looks rather similar to that in the Scala hatchback, so it comes with a set of clear dials, a single row of heating controls and an infotainment display mounted high up on the dashboard, so it’s easy to glance at while you’re driving.
The dashboard itself feels soft and forgiving and can be had with a brushed metal-effect trim piece that looks quite a bit smarter than the oddly patterned plastic you can get in a VW T-Cross.
The tops of the doors feel just as plush as the dashboard and there’s a nice chrome finish on the door handles and the air vents. It certainly feels more like a premium product – especially in high-spec versions – than the VW T-Cross and SEAT Arona.
It’s not all good news, however. There are a few cheap-feeling hard and brittle plastics beside the armrests on the doors, on the glovebox lid and around the centre console, but these feel no cheaper than in many other small SUVs and should stand up to a good few years of abuse.
Entry-level S cars make do with a fairly small infotainment display, but SE models come with a larger unit alongside some extra glossy black interior trim on the centre console and dashboard.
Go for a high-spec SE L version, and you get silver metal-effect trim on the door inserts alongside an upgraded infotainment system featuring a larger screen and a digital driver’s display in place of conventional analogue dials.
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The Skoda Kamiq comes as standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display that’s relatively easy to use but doesn’t exactly come packed with features. Sure, you get DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, but that’s about it.
The mid-range 8.0-inch Bolero system you get as standard in SE cars is a significant improvement. This doesn’t just get a larger screen that’s easier to read, it adds smartphone mirroring so you can use your favourite navigation and music-streaming apps through the Skoda Kamiq’s built-in screen.
You don’t get built-in sat-nav unless you go for an SE L model with the top-spec Amundsen system, though. This also adds a bigger screen that’s sharper, brighter and easier to read than the 8.0- and 6.5-inch units.
The touch-sensitive shortcut buttons on each side aren’t quite as easy to use on the move as the traditional physical buttons you get in some alternatives, but the Skoda Kamiq’s reasonably responsive screen and intuitive menus make it easy to input an address into the sat-nav or connect your phone.
Speaking of connecting your phone, the top-spec Amundsen infotainment system also lets you use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto without plugging in a cable. This is especially handy because the Skoda Kamiq only comes with USB C-type plugs – fine if you’re using a brand-new smartphone, but less convenient if you, or your passengers, want to charge older devices.
You can also get the Skoda Kamiq with a digital driver’s display in place of the usual speedo and rev-counter dials. This comes as standard in high-spec SE L cars, and lets you configure this screen using buttons on the steering wheel to show a set of digital dials, various driving information (such as fuel consumption) or a widescreen sat-nav display.
Some of these menus – such as the one that shows your speed and range but turns off the illuminated fuel gauge – feel a little surplus to requirement, but at least it’s easy to cycle through the available options until you find one you like.