2019 Skoda Kamiq – what we know so far
Skoda is preparing a new small SUV to sit beneath the Karoq and Kodiaq, and it should cost from around £16,500...
On sale: Late 2019 | Price from: £16,500 (est)
Here it is, the final piece of the Volkswagen Group’s small SUV puzzle – for now, at least. Volkswagen itself has the T-Cross, Seat has the Arona (our reigning champion in this market) and now Skoda is preparing to launch its own model, the Kamiq.
Being almost identical to its siblings underneath, it’s unsurprising that the Kamiq will also use the same engines; 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol units will form the core of the range, accompanied by a 1.6-litre diesel.
The upcoming SUV was previewed by the Vision X concept car last year. This featured a 1.5-litre petrol engine running on compressed natural gas (CNG) and driving the front wheels, plus two small electric motors driving the rear wheels. While CNG is unlikely to be offered as a fuel choice to British buyers, the system did show how such a method could bring four-wheel drive to such a small SUV in a practical manner. Neither the Arona nor T-Cross offer four-wheel drive at present.
Design-wise, the Kamiq will echo the look of Skoda’s larger Karoq and Kodiaq, both of which are among our favourite SUVs in their respective classes. Notably, however, the rear of the Kamiq won’t feature the traditional Skoda badge – instead, the brand name is spelt out across its boot lid, like on the upcoming Scala family hatchback. Other new features will include split headlights and sweeping indicators.
The Kamiq gets an interior similar to that of the Karoq, with a large infotainment touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard and a 10.25in Virtual Cockpit display in place of traditional dashboard dials on higher trim levels. As with the T-Cross, drivers will be able to personalise the interior of the Kamiq with coloured trim pieces, while a heated steering wheel, windscreen and heated rear seats are on the options list.
With a 400-litre boot (rising to 1395 litres with its rear seats folded down), the Kamiq has the same available space as the Arona, but slightly less than the T-Roc.
Skoda traditionally prices its cars below its Volkswagen Group brethren, so with the Arona costing from just under £17,000, a price of around £16,500 seems likely for the Kamiq.
The best used SUVs for less than £10,000
SUVs have been de rigueur for some time now and, such has been the huge demand for cars in this sector, there are many good used examples to choose from. Here, we’ve picked out ten that we think will fit a variety of different bills, all for an upper price limit of £10,000. You can choose from SUVs both big and small, depending on your needs, but whatever the dimensions there are many qualities that all these cars share, including a spacious and versatile interior and a relaxing drive.
10. BMW X5
The first BMW X5 paved the way for the upmarket SUV, but it was soon joined by a number of similar contenders, which meant this second-generation model had to up its game. It did, luckily, being more spacious and better to drive than the original, with a plusher interior – you even had the option of seven seats. Our price bracket bags us a good clean example of this later version, with an average mileage and a full service history. It may not be the cheapest to run, but it brandishes its quality like a rapier.
We found 2007 30d SE, 83,000 miles, £8995
9. Kia Sportage
Even if you’re not a fan of SUVs in general, you can see why they appeal, with their chunky Tonka toy looks and feeling of solidity. And few look more appealing than this third-generation Sportage. In truth, the Sportage is not as engaging to drive as some of its rivals, but it betters many of them on space and practicality.
You can pick up a clean 2011 or 2012 example now for our budget and that should give you many years of practical and reliable motoring. You should even get the residue of Kia’s impressive seven-year warranty.
We found 2013 1.7 CRDi 2, 59,000 miles, £9995
Like so many Land Rover products, it could be that there is no effective substitute for the seven-seat Discovery. True, it has many rivals, but not many can match its blend of supreme on-road practicality with its class-leading go-anywhere off-road capabilities. It’s relaxing on long motorway journeys, even when fully loaded with families and luggage, and yet can just as easily hare across a rutted field, with its permanent four-wheel drive ensuring good traction whatever the conditions. Shop carefully, though, because they don’t have the best of reliability records, but find a good one and you’ll be happy.
We found 2007 2.7 TD V6 SE, 90,000 miles, £9450
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