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Skoda Kamiq Review 2021

Following in the tyre tracks of the Karoq and Kodiaq as part of Skoda's SUV range, the Skoda Kamiq is a compact crossover with enough space and practicality for all the family. 

Despite its dinky dimensions, the Kamiq is a credible alternative to more conventional hatchbacks like the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf, offering buyers the style of an SUV, with the traits of a Skoda, including practicality and value for money.

Our Skoda Kamiq review covers:

Skoda Kamiq Key Features

  • Classy exterior style with two-piece headlights 
  • Comfortable interior cabin with nifty practical features
  • 400-litre boot with 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Three petrol engines to choose from 94bhp to 148bhp
  • Five trim levels including S, SE, SE Drive, SE L and Monte Carlo 

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

On the outside, the Skoda Kamiq may not be as adventurously styled as the Nissan Juke, Volkswagen T-Cross, or Renault Captur, but don't let it put you off. Neatly styled, the Kamiq looks the part with its classy two-piece headlights, high ground clearance and rugged SUV style, boasting an off-road look that appeals to many drivers today.

Skoda Kamiq exterior

Thanks to its relatively boxy shape, the Kamiq is surprisingly spacious inside, especially in the back. Legroom is generous – noticeably more than the Ford Puma, SEAT Arona and VW T-Cross - and there's a good amount of headroom, even with the optional panoramic sunroof fitted. 

As expected from a Skoda, there's plenty of nifty practical features inside, including a small drawer under each front seat with the optional Simply Clever Pack, which also includes hidden door protectors that automatically pop out as you open the doors to protect their edges.

All versions get five seats and feature 60/40 split-folding rear seats as standard. Shame then that Kamiq's 400-litre boot isn't as impressive as rivals like the Renault Captur or Nissan Juke. Don't worry, though, as there's still enough room to carry the weekly family shop, a small child buggy or up to seven carry-on cases in the boot. Space also expands to 1,395 litres with rear seats folded flat, and an optional variable boot floor is available. 

Interior and Trims

Inside, the Kamiq's cabin isn't quite as smart as the Renault Captur or as plush as MINI Countryman. Still, the overall build quality is high, and some posh-feeling plastics and metal-effect trims make for a generally pleasant place to sit. 

The dashboard layout is easy to understand, and the infotainment system stands out as a highlight. Available from SE L trim upwards, the system looks slick and is pretty easy to use. You can also opt for digital instruments instead of analogue dials, like in an Audi, BMW or Mercedes.

There are five trim levels, including S, SE, SE Drive, SE L, and Monte Carlo trims. 

Entry cars S cars come well-equipped with a 6.5-inch infotainment system, DAB radio manual air-conditioning, LED headlights and 16-inch alloys.

The mid-spec SE is the most popular version and comes with a larger eight-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, cruise control and rear parking sensors. SE Drive models add a 9.2-inch infotainment display with sat-nav, rear privacy glass and manual height adjustment for both front seats.

Top-spec SE L cars are around £1,000 more expensive than the SE Drive but include fancier exterior lights, a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital display, two-zone climate control and 18-inch alloys.

The range-topping Monte Carlo model gains full LED headlights, a panoramic glass roof, sports seats, flashes of red trim, and a sports steering wheel.

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, the Kamiq offers four petrol engines to choose from, starting with a 1.0-litre with 94 and 109bhp mated to a five-speed and six-speed manual gearbox, respectively.

Skoda Kamiq interior

The 109bhp version is the pick of the bunch, offering plenty of punch around town and decent refinement at motorway speeds. Above this sits the flagship 1.5-litre petrol engine with 148bhp and clever cylinder-deactivation tech to save fuel. 

Out on the road, the Kamiq's light controls make it easy to drive. Despite being taller than the Scala, it handles neatly through corners, doesn't sway around as much as the T-Roc or T-Cross, and is refined even at motorway speeds. 

While it's not quite as fun to drive as the SEAT Arona or Ford Puma, the Kamiq provides a good balance between handling and comfort. It also has a tighter turning circle than most rivals, making negotiating narrow streets or tight parking spaces a breeze.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Skoda Kamiq start from £21,905.00 OTR* or to lease from £237.92 per month.

Interested in the new Kamiq? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has lease offers on Skoda range, with road tax, breakdown cover, the full manufacturer's warranty and free mainland GB delivery included in the price. 

Car leasing offers many benefits over buying with fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay, no depreciation worries and the option to change your vehicle every two, three or four years. Find out more about Leasing vs Buying to see if car leasing is right for you. 

*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change. Always check with your nearest retailer. 

 

Customer Reviews

Skoda Kamiq
Average Rating Based on 27 reviews
4.3 out of 5

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4.7 out of 5
Derek Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 95 SE

It is a good car cheap to lease &run ,doesn’t have to much technology but lane correction can be a pain with so many potholes it fights when you swerve round them

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4.3 out of 5
Phillip Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 95 SE

The vehicle runs smoothly and petrol consumption is good.

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4.7 out of 5
Roger Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 110 SE L Executive

Nice comfy car, nice ride height, so we can get in and out easily.

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4.1 out of 5
Lee Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 95 SE Drive

All good so far - only minor issue has been an occasional inconsistency when trying to connect iPhone

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5.0 out of 5
Stephen Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 110 SE L Executive

Excellent car for the price.

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4.7 out of 5
Andrew Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 110 SE Drive

This car has won me over. It's nothing special yet it tivks all the boxes for what I wanted for a daily runner and the only car my family uses

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4.7 out of 5
Rosalind Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 110 Monte Carlo DSG

It fits everything I am looking for, comfortable, easy to drive, economical.

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4.7 out of 5
Thomas Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 95 SE

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5.0 out of 5
Philip Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 110 SE Drive

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4.4 out of 5
Alexander Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 95 SE

Excellent car for my requirements. The engine is a little underwhelming but suitable for my needs. The build quality of the car inside and out is excellent. The car is due its service next week so I will withhold any comments regarding reliability, but there have been no issues so far. My only regret is that I did not request a tow bar when I ordered the vehicle(it did not appear to be an option). The boot space is a little bit limited and the back seats do not slide forward to provide additional room.

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4.9 out of 5
Martin Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 110 SE Drive DSG

Excellent car all round, only blip is the iritating driver assist that you have to keep turning off.

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3.6 out of 5
Rupert Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 110 SE

Overall I like the car however the middle console display keeps rebooting, loosing itself. I loose my settings, my phone, the radio, etc... This will make me think twice again on skoda.

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3.3 out of 5
Daniel Skoda Kamiq 1.5 TSI SE L

Very roomy inside - rear seats surprisingly roomy - but at the expense of a small boot which can't hold a set of golf clubs. Seats are very hard, which is noticeable on a long drive. Car is not as economical as expected. Vehicle has dangerous tendency to stall in low revs in 2nd gear, which if happens at a busy junction is very concerning. Vehicle updates via satellite can only happen when the vehicle is stationary - very annoying as it can take ages. Lane assist also annoying and cannot be permanently switched off. The Skoda app that is supposed to help with remote features just does not work. Overall a nice car but with some annoying features that mean we will not lease again or take the purchase option.

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5.0 out of 5
Kevin Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 110 SE L

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John-Joseph Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 110 SE

Love my Skoda. A lot of comfort and style for less money than most, especially in these times.

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