Skoda Kamiq review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£17,700
What Car? Target Price£17,278
Skoda Kamiq 2019 RHD infotainment
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The 1.0 TSI 115 SE is predicted to be the biggest selling version of the Kamiq and comes in at around the same money as an equivalent Volkswagen T-Cross, with the T-Roc being pricier. For a cheaper cash buy, have a look at the Kia Stonic

Unsurprisingly, fuel economy is best with the diesel engine – up to 56.5mpg – although the petrols aren’t far off, with figures of 49.6mpg for the 94bhp unit, and 47.9mpg for the 114bhp version. That’s better than the same engines can return in the T-Cross, although both cars’ CO2 emissions are identical at 116g/km and 113g/km for the two engines respectively.

If you're looking more at long-term costs, resale values for the Kamiq are predicted to be solid, but not as the bullet-proof as the T-Roc's. Official CO2 emissions and economy are pretty impressive and roughly on a par with the rival T-Cross and T-Roc, and better than the Kia Stonic.

Equipment, options and extras

S trim is the entry point and comes with basics including 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric mirrors and electric windows. For something a little plusher go for our recommendation, the SE. That will gain you 17in alloys, cruise control, auto lights and wipers, as well as some of the niceties we've mentioned already, such as rear parking sensors, front-seat lumbar adjustment and an 8.0in screen for the infotainment system.

The pricier SE L adds climate control, 18in alloys, ambient interior lighting and privacy glass, but still isn't as lavishly equipped as top versions of the Kia Stonic.

Skoda Kamiq 2019 RHD infotainment

Reliability

The Kamiq was too new to feature in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, but Skoda as a brand came an encouraging ninth (out of 31 manufacturers) in the overall league table; that’s above both Seat and Volkswagen. Kia came even higher up the pecking order, though.

Like other Skoda models, the Kamiq is likely to have a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard. You’ll almost certainly be able to extend this to five years for an extra fee, while the Kia Stonic includes seven years' warranty for free.

Safety and security

Standard equipment includes lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian detection) and seven airbags. However, the airbag count can be raised to nine if you spec the an optional driver’s kneebag and rear side airbags.

Blind spot monitoring (Skoda calls this Side Assist) is also available as an option, as is Rear Traffic Alert. The latter warns you about approaching vehicles when you’re reversing out onto a road.

When it was appraised for safety by Euro NCAP, the Kamiq proved very effective at protecting its occupants in a crash and was awarded the full five stars. It achieved higher scores for adult and pedestrian protection than the Kia Stonic, although with a lower risk of child whiplash injury than the Kamiq, the T-Roc was deemed to be safer still.

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Verdict

The Kamiq looks like it could really shake up the small SUV class. It’s bigger and classier inside than either the Seat Arona or the VW T-Cross, it’s more than decent to drive and has some really clever features to help take the stresses out of modern family life.

  • Remarkably practical
  • Classier inside than most rivals
  • Good to drive
  • No sliding or reclining rear seats
  • Not especially well equipped
  • Other small SUVs have a higher driving position

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