What's the used Skoda Kamiq hatchback like?
Small SUVs are becoming an increasingly important part of the used car market. Early players, such as the Seat Arona were good to drive, and the Hyundai Kona well-equipped, but the majority were saddled with interiors filled with cheap-feeling hard plastics and cramped back seats. The Skoda Kamiq, however, is one of the classiest and spacious small SUVs around and marks a bit of a turning point for this class of vehicle.
Being an SUV released post-diesel gate, the engine range is mostly powered by petrol. The 1.0-litre turbo comes in two different power outputs: the entry-level 94bhp version is perky enough, but the 113bhp version has a bit more overtaking power along with a six-speed gearbox for more refined motorway cruising. There's also a 148bhp 1.5 that has clever fuel-saving technology that makes it almost as economical as the smaller engines. People who desire maximum fuel economy can opt for the 113bhp 1.6 diesel.
There are four trim levels to choose from although every Kamiq gets automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keep assistance as standard. S spec examples have 16in alloys, LED headlights, air-con and a DAB radio with Bluetooth, but step up to SE for 17in alloys, rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, cruise control and an upgraded 8in infotainment system and sound system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. SE L adds 18in alloys, blindspot monitoring, a 9.2in infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav and a 10.25in digital instrument cluster. Monte Carlo is more of a sportier interior and exterior styling package, but it does include a panoramic glass roof.
To drive the Kamiq feels composed and relaxing, rather than engaging and sporty like the Ford Puma. You'll also experience a touch more wind and road noise in a Kamiq, although it is superior to a Renault Captur. None can quite match the suppleness of the suspension used in this Skoda, which manages to soak up all but the worst bumps whatever the road conditions or speed.
This extra give does mean you'll experience more body lean in corners, though. The steering is much lighter when you initially turn the wheel compared with a Puma, but you can still trust that the Kamiq will go where you point it since grip levels are high and it doesn't lose its composure when you hit a bump mid-corner.
Interior space is class-leading in the Kamiq since no rival is quite so accommodating for rear passengers. Both head and leg room are more of a match to SUVs from the class above, and the boot is large. True, a Puma is slightly bigger in this area since it has its clever hidden underfloor storage box, the Kamiq is still great for shopping trips or oversized pushchairs. There's plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel for a driver to find a comfortable position, and if you go for an SE Kamiq, there's adjustable lumbar support for a bit of extra comfort.
If you're interested in finding a used Kamiq, or any of the other small SUVs mentioned here, head over to the Used Car Buying pages to find lots of cars listed for sale at a great price.
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