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      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Little Skoda triumphs over competition

Best bits

  • Spacious little crossover SUV with classy interior
  • Good to drive with very forgiving ride
  • Nearly-new models represent very good value for money

Not so great

  • The affordable Kamiq S feels pretty basic
  • It’s not as quirky as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc
  • Limited diesel engine line-up

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Skoda Kamiq Front Side View

Overall verdict

Skoda Kamiq Front Interior

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Skoda Kamiq Side Rear View

Driving

Skoda Kamiq Front View

How much does it cost to run

Skoda Kamiq Dashboard

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Skoda Kamiq

"Skoda was a bit late to the small crossover market when it arrived with the Kamiq in 2019. Buyers were already well catered for with cars like the SEAT Arona, Honda HR-V and Nissan Juke, so Skoda had to launch something pretty impressive to stand out."

Skoda Kamiq Front Side View

But, hitting the market with something bold and brash isn’t Skoda’s way. While the understated Kamiq doesn’t shout about its abilities, it’s a really versatile little crossover that’s both spacious and upmarket enough to tempt buyers away from bigger and more expensive cars.


While the interior lacks a little flair (certainly compared with the latest Peugeot 2008), it feels functional and well screwed together. Surprisingly, it actually has more soft-touch materials than the Volkswagen T-Roc – a car which disappoints with a few too many harsh plastics.


It’s also very practical. There’s loads of head- and legroom in the front, and a reasonable amount in the back. Adults will certainly be happier in the rear seats than they would be in the Nissan Juke. Unfortunately, there isn’t a sliding rear bench (like you get in the Volkswagen T-Cross), but the boot’s still pretty big – capable of lugging up to 400 litres of things with the rear seats in use. Drop them for an impressive 1395 litres of space.


Most Kamiqs are petrol-powered. The cheapest models come with a 95PS 1.0-litre engine, but we’d look for the more powerful 115PS version if budget allows. This is very sprightly, especially for such a small engine, while a light clutch and gear change mean it’s an easy car to drive around town. There’s a good DSG automatic gearbox available too, if you can’t be bothered changing gears yourself (who has time for that?!).


There’s also a 1.5 petrol which will appeal to those who want a bit more power, as well as a 1.6-litre TDI which has the best fuel economy of the bunch.


While the Ford Puma and SEAT Arona have the edge in terms of handling dynamics, the Kamiq is pretty good to drive, with confidence-inspiring steering and a pleasingly soft ride. Visibility isn’t bad and reversing sensors are standard across most of the range, but you might want to look for a Kamiq with the optional rear-view camera if the idea of a multi-storey car park fills you with dread.


Buyers get a choice of four trim levels. We’d avoid the standard Kamiq S – it’s pretty basic, with a very small 6.5-inch media display and no front armrest or remote central locking. Other than that, it’s a case of how much you’re willing to pay. The Monte Carlo looks and feels pretty special, but you’ll pay good money for one of these.


So, while Skoda was a little late to the market with the Kamiq, it’s arguably the most convincing all-round package in its class. Sure, it’s not exciting, but it is very practical, comfortable and easy to drive. It won’t cost a lot to buy or run, either.

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Skoda Kamiq

1.5 TSI SE L 5dr

  • 2020
  • 16 miles
  • John Mulholland Skoda Randalstown
  • Antrim, BT412EB
Price:£21,495
PCP: £318.94/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £318.94, Customer Deposit: £3,224.00, Total Deposit: £3,224.25, Optional Final Payment: £9,955.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,847.15, Total Amount Payable: £24,342.15, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.86%, Excess Mileage Charge: 7.2ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Skoda Kamiq

1.5 TSI SE L 5dr

  • 2020
  • 4,158 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Westend Skoda Edinburgh
  • Midlothian, EH114DG
Price:£19,950
PCP: £272.91/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £272.91, Customer Deposit: £2,992.00, Total Deposit: £2,992.50, Optional Final Payment: £10,135.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,729.35, Total Amount Payable: £22,679.35, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.86%, Excess Mileage Charge: 7.2ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Skoda Kamiq right for you?

As long as you’re not desperate for a premium badge or a high seating position, the Skoda Kamiq is likely to tick a lot of boxes for a lot of crossover buyers. It’s practical, sensible and has a superb interior. It also represents brilliant value for money.

What's the best Skoda Kamiq model/engine to choose?

Don’t bother with a diesel unless you cover lots of miles. The 1.0-litre petrol is very good, particularly the more powerful version (which also comes with a six- rather than five-speed gearbox). If you cover a lot of motorway miles or regularly drive outside of town, the 1.5-litre petrol might be a better choice, however.


In terms of trim level, we’d opt for the highest spec you can afford. The entry-level S model is pretty basic, while the SE and SE L models tick more boxes for a lot of buyers. Topping the range is the Monte Carlo, which manages to look and feel pretty flash, but you'll pay a bit more for this.


What other cars are similar to the Skoda Kamiq?

If you’re in the market for a Skoda Kamiq, you should also consider other Volkswagen Group alternatives like the SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross or Volkswagen T-Roc. We’d also recommend the Ford Puma, which is more fun to drive, and the Peugeot 2008, which has a more interesting cabin. You could also look at the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Mazda CX-3.

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Skoda Kamiq Front Interior

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Skoda Kamiq Front View

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Skoda Kamiq Dashboard

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Skoda Kamiq a good car?

Yes, the Skoda Kamiq's a very good car. We've rated it nine out of 10, particularly admiring it for its value for money, practicality and comfortable ride.

Russell Campbell

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Where is the Skoda Kamiq built?

While the Skoda Kamiq shares a platform with other Volkswagen Group models like the Volkswagen T-Cross and SEAT Arona, it's built at Skoda's factory in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Is the Skoda Kamiq a 4x4?

While the Skoda Kamiq features 4x4-inspired styling, this crossover is strictly front-wheel drive. If you need four-wheel drive, you'll need to look elsewhere.

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