New Skoda Kamiq vs Kia Stonic vs Volkswagen T-Roc: infotainment
The new Skoda Kamiq small SUV promises to slot easily into buyers’ lives – but can it do so better than its Kia and Volkswagen rivals?...
The Stonic’s system has the smallest screen with the lowest resolution. But it comes with lots of features and is easy to use, with quick responses to commands, pretty clear menus and, on the whole, decent-sized icons.The physical shortcut buttons and knobs alongside the screen also make it easier to swap between menus while you’re driving than the touch-sensitive buttons of its rivals. There’s no option to upgrade the stereo, but the standard system sounds decent.
The Kamiq has the biggest screen, which, like the T-Roc’s, is glass-fronted and sharp. It’s colourful, the menus are easy to follow and there are lots of features, including gesture control to let you swap music tracks with a flick of the wrist and wi-fi to connect Apple CarPlay (Android users still need to connect via USB). But the system can be slow to respond and is prone to crashing; an update is available that helps but doesn’t fully resolve the issues.
The T-Roc comes with a bigger, higher-definition screen than the Stonic and the software is more responsive than the Kamiq’s.The touch-sensitive buttons around the screen can be tricky to hit on the move, but the physical volume and scroll knobs are very helpful while driving. It’s the only car without built-in sat-nav, but standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow you to use your smartphone’s navigation apps, such as Google Maps or Waze, instead.
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