Skoda Kamiq review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
With its range of up-to-date Volkswagen Group engines and strong residuals, the Kamiq is a very sensible choice
Skoda's Kamiq shares much with the wider Volkswagen Group MQB line-up, not least its underpinnings and engine range. There are three petrol options and one diesel: all are familiar and whichever you choose, reasonable running costs are to be expected.
The most frugal engine is the 1.6-litre diesel, which in SE trim and with a manual gearbox returns up to 56.5mpg on average, with CO2 emissions of 131g/km. But, the prize for lowest CO2 emissions goes to the 1.0-litre petrol unit with a manual gearbox in either S or SE trim; 129g/km means private buyers won't pay too much in road tax, compared to higher polluting rivals, and average economy of up to 49.6mpg is completely acceptable too.
The Kamiq most will buy is the 1.0-litre with 113bhp, which offers a good balance between performance and economy. In our tests this engine returned 45.3mpg in mixed driving, compared with 43.8mpg in the identically engined Volkswagen T-Cross and 38.3mpg in the equivalent 1.2-litre Citroen C3 Aircross.
Those customers looking at the more powerful 1.5-litre car in SE L trim with automatic transmission, will still see a return of 43.5mpg, along with CO2 emissions of 146g/km.
The Skoda Kamiq occupies insurance groups 8 to 17 – exactly the same as its SEAT Arona relative. The smallest petrol engine accounts for the cheaper end of the spectrum while the most powerful is priciest; the diesel sits somewhere in the middle of these.
Our experts predict that the Skoda Kamiq will retain around 42 to 49% of its value after 36,000 miles and 36 months. The slightly more expensive (but broadly similar) Volkswagen T-Cross will hold onto 46 to 54% over the same period, so there’s little to separate the two.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Skoda Kamiq is one of the best small SUVs on sale – few can match its balance of practicality, value and comfort
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Skoda Kamiq isn’t all that much fun, but it drives in a safe and predictable manner
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingWith its range of up-to-date Volkswagen Group engines and strong residuals, the Kamiq is a very sensible choice
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Skoda Kamiq’s interior is logically laid out and full of tech, but it’s low on visual appeal
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Skoda Kamiq is one of only a few compact crossovers that feels big enough inside to act as a proper family car
- 6Reliability and SafetySkoda has a strong record for safety and owner satisfaction, so the Kamiq should follow suit