Skoda Kamiq 2019 LHD infotainment

Skoda Kamiq review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Prices haven’t been confirmed, but Skoda insiders told us that the Kamiq range is likely to start at around £17,500. Meanwhile, the 1.0 TSI 115 SE (predicted to be the biggest selling version of the Kamiq) is expected to cost roughly £19,500.


Skoda is usually very competitive when it comes to PCP finance deals. Likewise, official CO2 emissions and economy are both expected to be impressive and roughly on a par with the rival VW T-Cross.

Equipment, options and extras

UK specifications haven’t been confirmed, although we do know that the Kamiq’s trim levels will mirror those of other Skoda models. That means S will be the cheapest option, with SE and SE L trims offering an increasing amount of standard kit.

It’s likely that even entry-level S trim will get you 16in alloy wheels, air-conditioning, while the LED torch in the boot will probably be standard from SE trim and above.

Skoda Kamiq 2019 LHD 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.

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.

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, thanks to an optional driver’s knee ‘bag 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.

Unfortunately, the Kamiq has yet to be appraised by Euro NCAP, so we can’t tell you how well it’s likely to protect you in an accident.

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Verdict

Based on what we know so far (and that doesn’t include prices), 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
  • Choppy ride in town
  • Prices and specs have yet to be confirmed

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