Skoda Kamiq Review 2024

Written by Andrew Brady

heycar ratingLittle Skoda triumphs over competition
  • 2019
  • Small SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel

Quick overview


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


  • Entry-level Kamiq S feels pretty basic
  • Can't get a 4x4 or hybrid model
  • Looks bland compared to a new Hyundai Kona or Toyota Yaris Cross

Overall verdict on the Skoda Kamiq

"While the understated Kamiq doesn’t shout about its abilities, it’s a really versatile little SUV that’s both spacious and upmarket enough to tempt buyers away from bigger and more expensive cars. An overhaul in 2024 has made the Skoda Kamiq even better."

Skoda Kamiq Review 2024: Dynamic driving

Skoda may have been late to the small SUV party when it arrived with the Kamiq. Buyers were already well catered for with cars like the SEAT Arona, Honda HR-V and Nissan Juke. But Skoda managed to launch something impressive enough to stand out. The Kamiq was a fantastic all-rounder when it was released in 2019, and a refresh in 2024 with new equipment has only increased its appeal. It's small wonder that it's one of Skoda's biggest sellers.

With a choice of trim levels, including a slightly more sporty option in the shape of the Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo edition, we reckon it's one of the more handsome small SUV cars on the market, both pre- and post-facelift.

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

It’s also very practical. There’s loads of headroom 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 Skoda Kamiq's boot space is still pretty big. It's capable of lugging up to 400 litres of family stuff with the rear seats in use, and you drop them down for an impressive 1395 litres of boot space.

New Skoda Kamiq models are petrol-powered – if you're looking used, you can also find diesel models that were sold before the 2024 facelift. The cheapest models come with a 95PS 1.0-litre engine, but we’d look for the more powerful 115PS version if budget allows (labelled 116PS after the facelift). This engine is impressively sprightly for its size, while a light clutch and gear change means the Kamiq is an easy car to drive around town. There’s a good DSG automatic gearbox available too.

The larger 1.5-litre petrol, with 150PS will appeal to those who want a bit more power. If you do want a diesel, the 1.6-litre TDI 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 (standard on the post-facelift Monte Carlo model) if the idea of a busy and narrow car park fills you with dread.

Buyers get a choice of four trim levels pre-facelift, and three from 2024 onwards. We’d avoid the original entry-level Kamiq S – it’s a little too 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, with hot hatch styling and a very high level of standard equipment, but you’ll pay a chunk of extra money for one.

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 small SUV. It won’t cost a lot to buy or run, either.

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As long as you’re not desperate for a premium badge, a high seating position or the last word in cornering agility, the Skoda Kamiq will tick a lot of boxes for a lot of small SUV buyers. It’s practical, sensible and has a superb interior. It also represents brilliant value for money.

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-speed rather than five-speed manual gearbox). If you want a bit of extra poke then the 1.5-litre petrol might be a better choice, but we think most people will be fine with the 115PS/116PS 1.0-litre model.

In terms of trim level, we’d opt for the highest spec you can afford. The entry-level Kamiq S model is pretty basic, and was ditched in the 2024 facelift. The SE ticks most of the boxes for most buyers, although SE L adds a few more niceties that you might feel are worth the extra cash. Topping the range is the attractive and sporty Monte Carlo, which manages to look and feel pretty flash, but you'll pay a bit more for this.

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, while the Toyota Yaris Cross and Hyundai Kona are two newer alternatives - both available with hybrid power.

Comfort and design: Skoda Kamiq interior

"You should easily find a comfortable seating position in the Skoda Kamiq, although it’s barely any higher than a standard hatchback. If you’re buying a small SUV because you're a fan of a high, commaning seating position, take a look at the bigger Skoda Karoq instead."

Skoda Kamiq Review 2024: Interior

There's enough adjustment in the steering wheel and seat for most people to find a comfortable driving position, although electric seat adjustment is a fairly costly optional extra. Kamiq SE models and above come with adjustable lumbar support, which help keep you feeling fresh over a long journey.

The cabin is modern and stylish, similar to other recent Skoda models including the Scala and Octavia. Most models come with a haptic silver strip running across the dash (this does a brilliant job of brightening up the cabin), while a two-spoke steering wheel is a cool touch. Post-facelift models have fabric on the dash, which gives a more cosy feel.

Fancy ambient lighting is another fancy feature but it's only standard on the top-spec Kamiq Monte Carlo trim. This is available as an option on lesser models but, at £260, you might struggle to find a used Kamiq with this box ticked.

Surprisingly for a Skoda, the Kamiq feels posher inside than the Volkswagen T-Roc and SEAT Arona. That's especially true of high-spec models – the Monte Carlo trim comes with sports seats and a panoramic glass roof, which makes you feel like you're driving something much more expensive.

The pre-facelift entry-level model is the Skoda Kamiq Sm which looks a bit drab in comparison to the more expensive models, missing out on the shiny silver dashboard insert and some chrome interior highlights, but it does at least get a leather steering wheel and gear shift lever. The Kamiq SE feels noticeably plusher and became the entry-level car from the 2024 facelift onwards.

All Skoda Kamiq models have a few hard plastics here and there – particularly low down in the cabin, around the centre console and on the glove box. This is par for the course, though, and they should at least cope well with family life and be easy to clean.

The basic Kamiq S model comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display which doesn’t do much but operate the radio. This will suit some buyers but we reckon it's worth upgrading to the SE for its 8.0-inch display, which also brings with it Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

Higher-spec trim levels come with a fancier 9.2-inch system, which also includes navigation. This isn't strictly necessary (we prefer to use Google Maps via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto) but it's a desirable upgrade. It also gets Laura, which Skoda's Siri or Alexa-like voice-activated personal assistant. 

All three media systems are simple and easy to use, although the (actual, physical) buttons on the tiny 6.5-inch system make it the easiest to navigate on the move. The bigger systems rely on touch-sensitive pads which look and feel more modern but aren't quite so user friendly.

Kamiq SE L and Kamiq Monte Carlo models come with Skoda's 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit in place of conventional dials. This is one of the best digital dashboards we've used, with clear graphics and a decent range of customisation options. You can even display full-screen navigation if you want, to save you from glancing down to the nav screen when driving.

Despite being a compact SUV, the Skoda Kamiq feels spacious enough to use as your main family car, measuring just over 4.2m long and a smidge under 1.8m wide. That relatively low seating position translates to loads of headroom, while there's plenty of leg and shoulder room. It's packed with clever storage areas, too, especially if have the optional Simply Clever Pack, which adds drawers under the front seats. This pack includes other useful extras like a waste bin for the driver's door pocket, a storage compartment with cupgholder on the rear seat tunnel, and a double-sided boot floor, which has one carpeted side and one harder, wipeable side for muddy boots and the like. 

There's more room in the back than pretty much anything else in this class. Even the SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Roc – two cars that share the Kamiq's mechanical underpinnings – feel cramped inside by comparison. You'll find ISOFIX child seat mounting points on the outer rear seats, while the wide-opening rear doors make juggling kids a piece of cake.

The boot is both usefully square and surprisingly large, capable of carrying up to 400 litres of luggage (or up to 1395 litres if you drop the rear seats). There is a bit of a boot lip which makes loading bulky items a bit annoying, but you can get around this by looking for one with the optional height-adjustable boot floor. It's a £200 extra if you're buying new.

Handling and ride quality: What is the Skoda Kamiq like to drive?

"The Skoda Kamiq is the best in its class in terms of ride quality. It’s an extremely comfortable choice, with a compliant ride that isolates you from broken road surfaces."

Skoda Kamiq Review 2024: Dynamic driving

You can get the Kamiq with adaptive suspension (named Sport Chassis Control). This is standard on the Monte Carlo model, sits 15mm lower and allows you to firm up the ride depending on your mood. It was an option pre-facelift that few buyers ticked but, to be honest, the standard set-up is so good that it's not really worth paying anything extra for. It was dropped from the options list post-facelift.

The Kamiq drives very well, with a tight turning circle that makes it agile in city centres. Its footprint is barely any bigger than a Skoda Fabia hatchback, while excellent visibility means it's easy to tackle congestion hotspots. Rear parking sensors are standard across the range but we'd recommend looking for one with the optional rear-view camera to make your life that little bit easier when reversing.

Out of town, the Kamiq is fairly agile, although a Ford Puma is more rewarding if you're looking for a car that's fun to drive. It's worth noting that, despite the Kamiq's SUV appearance, it's not available with four-wheel drive. The Skoda Kamiq is strictly front-wheel drive only, so you'll have to look at the bigger Karoq if you really need a 4x4, or alternatives like the Suzuki Vitara or Hyundai Kona. If you're not traipsing through muddy fields regularly, you might be surprised by how surefooted a Skoda Kamiq is on winter tyres.

The majority of Skoda Kamiq buyers plump for a petrol engine – indeed, petrol is the only option if you're buying new.

The 1.0 TSI petrol engine is our favourite, despite its small capacity. It’s a fizzy little three-cylinder unit, packing plenty of punch in 110PS flavour, and can be combined with a manual or DSG automatic gearbox.  Later pre-facelift cars had the power upped to 115PS. The same engine is available in lower trim levels with just 95PS – that's not a great deal of power for a car the size of the Kamiq, so avoid this unless you're on a budget and mainly drive around town.

There’s also a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine which feels a bit more grown-up and, with 150PS, is better suited to out-of-town driving. This is available with a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. Both are great – the manual has a precise yet light gear change, while the DSG responds relatively quickly to inputs. The latter's a bit jerky when stopping and starting but very civilised on a motorway run.

If you’re a high-mileage driver, look for one fitted with the 1.6 turbodiesel engine. With just 115PS, this isn’t the most powerful of diesel motors, but it ought to be very efficient in the real world. This was dropped from the range in 2020 but there is a handful available on the used market. 

The 2024 facelift to the Kamiq brought revised petrol engines to the lineup. They have the same capacity and power, but return better fuel economy. The more powerful 1.0-litre engine is now badged as having 116PS (although Skoda actually just rounded up the number, rather than down).

The 1.5-litre TSI is the quietest engine in the range, while its punchy performance means you don't need to work it particularly hard to join a motorway or overtake slow-moving vehicles.

Despite its diminutive dimensions, the 1.0-litre motor's pretty relaxed, too. Build the revs and you will notice a bit more noise and vibration in the cabin, but it's not as vocal as the 1.2-litre PureTech engine used in the Citroen C3 Aircross. Likewise, the 1.6 TDI diesel is quiet enough generally, but a bit rumbly on start-up when cold.

There isn't a great deal of tyre roar from the Kamiq's wheels, but there is a fair bit of wind noise at motorway speeds. That's true for most small SUVs, though, and a disadvantage over lower-riding hatchbacks. 

The Skoda Kamiq is an extremely safe small SUV. When independent safety organisation Euro NCAP tested it in 2019, it was awarded a maximum five stars for safety. That includes a very impressive 96% score for adult occupants and 85% for children. It was given an 80% rating for vulnerable road users and 76% for its safety assist features.

There's plenty of technology on hand to prevent you from being involved in a crash and – pleasingly – most of it is standard across the range. All models come with Skoda's Front Assist system, which uses a radar in the front grille to monitor the traffic ahead and apply the brakes if it detects an impending collision. It also includes predictive pedestrian protection, warning the driver via an audio/visual signal and a jolt of the brakes if a pedestrian steps out in the road in front of you.

Lane Assist is also standard, nudging you back into your lane on the motorway, as well as Emergency Call (which automatically alerts the emergency services if you're involved in a crash).

There are a few desirable options to look out for if you're safety-minded. These include blind-spot detection, a driver fatigue sensor and driver's knee airbag.

MPG and fuel costs: What does a Skoda Kamiq cost to run?

"The Skoda Kamiq is at its most frugal with the 1.6 TDI diesel engine. This officially returns up to 56.5mpg, depending on trim level and factors like the size of the alloy wheels. The same engine with the DSG automatic gearbox returns up to 53.3mpg."

Skoda Kamiq Review 2024: Dynamic driving

Don't narrow your search down to diesel-powered Kamiqs just yet. You might be better with petrol power – particularly if you cover a lot of short journeys, mainly drive in town centres or just don't do a huge amount of miles. 

None of the petrols are particularly thirsty, although post-facelift cars from 2024 onwards will be more efficient. For pre-facelift cars, the entry-level 95PS 1.0-litre TSI returns up to 49.6mpg according to official figures, while the more powerful 115PS is good for up to 48.7mpg. This drops to 46.3mpg with the DSG automatic gearbox. The popular 1.5 TSI returns 46.3mpg with the manual gearbox and 43.5mpg as an auto. 

Go for for a post-facelift car, and those figures improve to 51.8mpg for the 95PS 1.0-litre TSI, 52.2mpg for the 116PS version (or 50.5 with the auto gearbox) and 49.7mpg for the 150PS 1.5 TSI (49.6 with the auto).

These figures are pretty much par for the course when it comes to small SUVs. Most rivals are similarly efficient, but if you really need every little drop of fuel to transport you as far as possible, you might be better looking for a small hatchback.

The Skoda brand has a strong reputation for performing well in reliability and owner surveys. Indeed, it came second in the 2020 Satisfaction Index, behind only Lexus. Comfort, reliability and build quality were three areas where Skoda received the highest praise. All that said, its ranking dropped to 13th of 29 by 2022, which is mildly concerning.

There's limited information available about the long-term dependability of the Kamiq, however, it uses engines and mechanical components that are common across various Volkswagen Group vehicles. This suggests it should be quite reliable, and sourcing parts is unlikely to pose a challenge.

However, there have been several reports of issues with the infotainment software and other electronic problems from both Skoda owners and those of other Volkswagen Group brands. We'd recommend you check that any used model you consider has received all the latest software updates from an authorised dealer.

Pre-faclift Skoda Kamiqs sit between insurance groups 10 and 20. As the maximum group is 50, that means premiums for a Kamiq should be very reasonable. There's no confirmation at the time of writing whether that changes for post-2024 facelift models, but as the changes are relatively minimal we can't imagine the insurance premiums will be radically different.

After the first 12 months, you'll pay a flat rate of £180 a year in Vehicle Excise Duty on the Skoda Kamiq. No version of the Kamiq strays above the £40,000 mark when new, which is when the expensive car surcharge is added, so there's no need to worry about that.

How much should you be paying for a used Skoda Kamiq?

"The new Skoda Kamiq majors on value. The most affordable model – a Kamiq SE with the 95PS 1.0-litre engine – has a list price of less than £24,000."

Skoda Kamiq Review 2024: Dynamic driving

You can save money by looking for a pre-registered car, though. These are cars that are effectively new, with delivery miles on the clock, but they're in dealer showrooms ready to drive away today. We've seen such examples on sale for less than £19,000, which is incredible value for money.

When it comes to used examples, you'll find early 2019 Kamiqs for less than £12,000 if you look hard, although most are around the £13,000 to £15,000 mark with very reasonable miles on the clock.

The pre-facelift Skoda Kamiq range kicks off with the fairly basic S grade. This comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and black roof rails. Inside, you’ll find cloth upholstery, a three-spoke leather steering wheel and a manually height-adjustable driver’s seat. There’s a digital radio with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display and Bluetooth connectivity. The outer rear seats come with Isofix anchorage points, while Front Assist and Lane Assist are useful standard features. Finally, you get heated door mirrors (with electric adjustment), central locking and manual air conditioning.

We’d look for a Kamiq SE – which was the entry-level model after the 2024 facelift – if only for the eight-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. It also comes with bigger 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers and a three-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel. There’s manual lumbar support adjustment for both front seats (a relatively rare yet desirable feature) and a front centre armrest. An alarm is standard, as is cruise control, rear parking sensors and light/rain sensors

Post-facelift SE models also get keyless engine start and stop, front fog lights, full LED headlights and Simply Clever extras, including boot nets and pockets in the back of the front seats for passengers' mobile phones. Dual-zone air-con is included, too.

The Kamiq SE L starts to feel a bit more upmarket, with 18-inch alloy wheels, rear LED headlights (with fancy dynamic indicators) and chrome exterior highlights (namely the window frame surrounds and roof rails). You get a 9.2-inch navigation system with gesture control as well as a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster. Keyless engine start is standard, as well as dual-zone climate control and electrically folding door mirrors. Post-facelift cars also get a rear centre armrest and ambient lighting.

Topping the range is the Kamiq Monte Carlo. This comes with a range of gloss black exterior detailing, along with 18-inch black alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof, full LED headlights and tail lights, and a special sports front bumper. At the rear, there is a black diffuser and black boot lettering. Inside, the Kamiq Monte Carlo is equipped with sports seats, sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals as standard. Technology includes the Virtual Cockpit, 9.2-inch infotainment system and ambient lighting. The post-facelift Monte Carlo comes as standard with clever Matrix LED headlights, which can maintain high beam while keeping oncoming traffic in shadow to avoid dazzling the drivers. It gets a rear-view camera included, too.

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

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

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