2019 Skoda Kamiq SUV revealed: price, specs and release date
Skoda’s SUV family is completed by this Nissan Juke rival, which shares its underpinnings with the class-leading Seat Arona...
On sale: Autumn 2019 | Price from: £16,000 (est)
Here it is, the final piece of the Volkswagen Group’s small SUV puzzle – for now, at least. Volkswagen itself has the T-Roc, Seat has the Arona (our reigning champion in this market) and now Skoda has the Kamiq. Sitting beneath the larger Karoq and Kodiaq in the Czech manufacturer’s line-up, the Kamiq will face big-selling rivals including the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur as well as its stablemates.
Unsurprisingly, the Kamiq leans heavily on its larger siblings for styling influence, but, like a rebellious younger child, it has accessorised with unique features including a more upright front grille, slimmer LED headlights and ‘Skoda’ spelt out across its boot lid, rather than the brand’s badge. Buyers can choose alloy wheels ranging up to 18in in diameter and lower the Kamiq by 10mm for a more sporty look by opting for Sport Chassis Control, which also brings a selectable sport driving mode. Underbody protection is also available for off-roading, although the vast majority of buyers aren’t likely to need it.
2019 Skoda Kamiq space
Although it’s heavily based on the Arona, the Kamiq is longer overall and has its front and rear axles set farther apart – something Skoda says makes for class-leading space inside, particularly in terms of leg room for rear seat passengers. The extra length hasn’t been put into the boot, though; with 400 litres when its rear seats are up, the Kamiq has the same capacity as the Arona and slightly less than the T-Roc. In any case, however, that should be enough for a couple of large suitcases or a hefty load of shopping. If you need to, the rear bench splits and folds to turn the Kamiq into a small van, or if you’ve gone mad in Sweden’s best-known furniture store, the front passenger seat can fold down to accommodate longer items.
Speaking of the interior, the Kamiq follows the recently unveiled Scala family hatchback in offering a more digital environment than traditional Skodas. An infotainment touchscreen sits in the centre of the dashboard (up to 9.2in depending on spec) along with an optional 10.3in screen that replaces analogue instruments and can display the most important information, such as the sat-nav map, between the dials.
2019 Skoda Kamiq engines
Turbocharged petrol power forms the core of the Kamiq’s engine line-up, with buyers able to choose a 113bhp 1.0-litre engine – the same unit we recommend in both the Arona and T-Roc – or a 148bhp 1.5-litre engine that can shut down two of its four cylinders when you’re cruising on the motorway to save fuel. For high-mileage drivers, there’s a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel. The gearbox options are a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic, but you can’t have four-wheel drive.
In terms of safety equipment, automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian detection) and lane-keeping assistance come as standard, but you can also specify adaptive cruise control, blindspot warning and a system that monitors you for signs of fatigue. A self-parking system is available as well. Like the Scala, the Kamiq will be permanently connected to the internet, allowing it to show you, for example, the latest fuel prices or even be locked and unlocked from your smartphone.
Luxuries including heated seats (for both the front and rear passengers), a heated steering wheel and heated windscreen are on the options list, while clever features include plastic cladding that pops out when you open the door to prevent scuffs, an electric tailgate and a removable LED torch.
2019 Skoda Kamiq price
Prices for the Kamiq are expected to start at around £16,000, making it considerably cheaper than both the Arona and the T-Roc. The Juke is cheaper still, but that car is about to be replaced by a new model with a higher price tag. Discounts in time could drop the Kamiq’s price even more; for example, What Car? New Car Buying can currently net you a saving of at least £1440 on our favourite version of the Arona.
Looking to buy a new SUV? Below we've gathered our favourite SUVS to buy used.
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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