Skoda Kamiq (2019-present)

Skoda’s smallest SUV offers an appealing blend of practicality, equipment and the latest technology at an affordable price

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Spacious interior
High level of standard tech
Clever touches including built-in ice scraper

Weaknesses 

Not the cheapest car in the class
No electrified version for now
Some safety kit reserved for higher trims
Skoda Kamiq prices from £15,750   Finance from £206 per month

Small SUVs are very popular at the moment, with sales increasing faster than in any other part of the car market.

It's easy to see why. There’s now a huge range of models for buyers to choose from, with the likes of the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic, Seat Arona, Volkswagen T-Cross and Ford EcoSport on offer – all of which have strengths that appeal to the numerous buyers looking for something compact, but with a slightly elevated ride height that some drivers feel provides a greater sense of safety.

Skoda has also entered the fray with its third – and smallest – SUV, the Kamiq (an Inuit word that means something that fits perfectly in every situation), which joins the Kodiaq and Karoq as the Czech carmaker’s line-up of rugged-looking models.

The Kamiq is as successful as its larger siblings on paper, as it combines solid, if unspectacular, design with real practicality and a sensibly compact range of well-equipped trim levels.

The exterior design is similar to the Karoq and Kodiaq, with some sharp lines that help make the Kamiq’s shape look different without being too fussy. It looks modern, a look that is enhanced by the LED light arrays front and rear.

The interior is similarly well designed. There are some similarities to the Seat Arona and VW T-Cross, with which it shares a lot of its components - not surprising, as Skoda and Seat are part of the VW Group - but at the same time it also follows Skoda’s design cues. It's all very neat and well put-together, with unshowy but decent-quality materials.

There are three different media display options, depending on the trim level you choose, with sizes up to 9.2-inches. There’s plenty of connectivity on offer, with all but the most basic of trim levels offering smartphone compatibility (Apple CarPlay – even wirelessly – and Android Auto).

The Kamiq is also spacious and practical inside, despite its compact dimensions, with enough legroom and headroom for six-footers. The 1,395-litre boot is also the biggest in the class when the seats are folded, and one of the biggest (400 litres) with the seats up, so if you need decent luggage room but don't want a big car, the Kamiq works well.

The big advantage the Kamiq has over older models such as the 2008, Captur and EcoSport is that it has a number of more recent safety features. So front assist (also known as autonomous emergency braking) is standard on all models, as is lane assist that tells you if you’re straying across the white line markings on the road, while blind spot detection is also available on SE L trim models. Options include adaptive cruise control - that keeps you a safe distance behind the car in front - and a driver alert fatigue detection system. All of these help make the Kamiq one of the safest cars in the small SUV class, with an official five-star safety rating.

On the road, the Kamiq is a comfortable, responsive and easy car to drive. The range of engines – three petrol , one diesel – is well judged, with the 1.0 TSI 115hp petrol engine likely to prove the most popular buyers, as it has all the power most drivers will need, both in town and on the motorway, while we also managed 48mpg on an extensive test drive.

It handles neatly, with accurate steering and plenty of grip, while the ride quality is typically Skoda-like, soaking up the worst of the road surfaces and making travelling in the Kamiq a very comfortable experience.

With prices starting at £17,700, the Kamiq isn't cheap. In fact, the base model is more expensive than the cheapest T-Cross and Arona, but less than the 2008. That said, it is a well-equipped car, so it does offer value for money. If you want the most bang for your buck though, as always, it makes sense to look a nearly-new or used model. Check out the best value used models available now by clicking on the link below.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 09:45

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
400-1395 litres
Width: 
1793mm
Length: 
4241mm
Height : 
1531mm
Tax: 
£170-210 in first year and £145 thereafter

Best Skoda Kamiq for... 

Skoda Kamiq 1.6 TDI 115hp
The only diesel Kamiq variant returns an official fuel consumption figure of 48.7-56.5mpg on the combined cycle, while CO2 emissions are 112g/km.
Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 115hp
Offering a blend of reasonable performance and low running costs, the 1.0 TSI petrol engine with 115hp should prove to be the most popular for those with a family to fit in.
Skoda Kamiq 1.5 TSI 150 PS
The higher-powered 1.5 TSI petrol engine produces 150hp, which results in a 0-62mph sprint in 8.3 seconds - pretty speedy for a car of this type.

Skoda Kamiq History 

March 2019 Skoda unveils the Kamiq small SUV at the Geneva Motor Show.
November 2019 First UK deliveries of the Kamiq.

Understanding Skoda Kamiq car names 

  • Kamiq
  • Engine
    1.0 TSI 115PS
  • Trim
    SE
  • Gearbox
    DSG
  • Engine
    The Kamiq is available with a choice of four engine options, three petrol and one diesel. The petrol engines carry the TSI name, while the diesel has a TDI designation. The PS figure refers to the amount of power the engines offer in horsepower.
  • Trim
    Buyers can select one of four trim levels for the Kamiq: S, SE, SE L and Monte Carlo. The differences between them are that they offer varying amounts of equipment fitted as standard and prices to match.
  • Gearbox
    All four engines are paired with a manual gearbox as standard: a five-speed transmission is available with the 1.0-litre TSI 95hp, while other models have a six-speed ’box. Alternatively, cars with a power output of 115hp and above can be fitted with a seven-speed, dual-clutch (which works to provide smooth and quick gear changes) automatic gearbox.

Skoda Kamiq Engines 

1.0 TSI 95hp, 1.0 TSI 115hp, 1.5 TSI 150hp, 1.6 TDI 115hp

Skoda has kept the engine range simple with just four options (three petrol, one diesel) to choose from.

A 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine offers two configurations, with different power ratings. The basic model produces 95hp, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 11.1 seconds, which makes it not exactly sluggish, but certainly sedate. A fuel consumption figure of up to 49.6mpg hints at its priorities and making it the most economical of the petrol-engined cars.

The slightly more powerful 115hp version is likely to be the most popular among buyers, so will provide the most used examples further down the line. It’s a good all-rounder, with enough performance for most needs, while the upper limit of the official fuel economy figures (47.9mpg) is achievable, especially on motorway journeys. Both 1.0-litre models offer low CO2 emissions figures of 116g/km.

If more power is required, a 1.5 TSI petrol engine with a 150hp power output is also available. The 150hp output is quite a lot of power for a small car such as the Kamiq to put down and it's easy to spin the wheels, especially in the wet. Fuel economy isn’t badly compromised though, with 47.1mpg possible and lower CO2 emissions than the less powerful 1.0 TSI model above (113g/km).

The only diesel option is a 115hp one. As you’d expect from a diesel, fuel lasts longer, with up to 56.5mpg possible, and CO2 emissions of 112g/km, while performance is similar to the 1.0 TSI with the same 115hp output.

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.0 TSI 95hp

petrol

44.8-49.6mpg

95hp

11.1 secs

112mph

1.0 TSI 115hp

petrol

41.5-47.9mpg

115hp

9.9 secs

120mph

1.5 TSI 150hp

petrol

38.2-47.1mpg

150hp

8.3 secs

132mph

1.6 TDI 115hp

diesel

48.7-56.5mpg

115hp

10.2 secs

119mph

Skoda Kamiq Trims 

S, SE, SE L, Monte Carlo

The Kamiq is available to buy in a straightforward choice of three trims initially, with another arriving later in 2020.

The most basic S trim level comes with standard equipment that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and tail lights, air-conditioning, a media system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, digital radio, Bluetooth, e-Call emergency assistance, electric windows, Isofix points for child seats and a range of safety features such as front assist, lane assist and tyre pressure monitoring.

The mid-level – and popular – SE trim adds 17-inch alloys, lumbar support for the front seats, multifunction steering wheel, an upgraded eight-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration (via USB for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and also wireless for CarPlay), rear parking sensors, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, an umbrella in the driver’s door and blind spot detection.

Upgrading to SE L means also getting 18-inch alloys, privacy glass, microsuede upholstery, a 9.2-inch touchscreen, height adjustable driver and passenger seats, electric folding door mirrors, keyless start, dual-zone climate control, gesture control and 'virtual cockpit' digital dials, that feature information in greater detail in the driver’s display.

The fourth trim level, Monte Carlo, will have a sporty character, but exact details have not yet been released.

Skoda Kamiq Reliability and warranty 

The Kamiq has been launched after the publication of the most recent Auto Express Driver Power survey, so we don’t know yet how reliable it is likely to be. However, the Škoda brand was voted fifth most reliable manufacturer, so chances are that it will serve owners well in this area.

The company’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty isn’t very generous, when compared to manufacturers such as Kia, whose Stonic has a seven-year warranty, or Hyundai, which sells the Kona, with five years of cover.

Used Skoda Kamiq 

It’s too early to offer a judgement on the resale values of the Kamiq, as there are few on the used market, but as small SUVs are the fastest-growing segment of the car market at the moment, second-hand prices should hold up pretty well.

While that means you're unlikely to get a nearly-new bargain, you should benefit from low PCP finance costs on used models, as when you hand the car back at the end of the contract it should still be worth a lot, meaning low monthly payments.

In addition, as Skodas tend to do well in reliability surveys, this factor also increases demand for used examples and helps them retain a slightly better proportion of their original price than cars from other manufacturers.