Skoda Kamiq review - Reliability and safety
Skoda has a strong record for safety and owner satisfaction, so the Kamiq should follow suit
Skoda has garnered a great reputation with its customers since its rejuvenation in the early 2000s – a trend that is evidenced by the results from our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey.
The Kamiq is too new to have featured in the most recent survey, but Skoda itself achieved a strong 5th-place finish out of 30 manufacturers. Those surveyed praised their cars’ practicality, child-friendly features and great engines and gearboxes, while reliability was also considered a major plus point alongside low running costs.
The Kamiq comes as standard with a good level of standard safety and driver assistance kit – all models get six airbags, autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and blind-spot alert. Other systems available include auto-dip headlights, park assist and rear traffic alert.
The Kamiq achieved a full five-star rating from Euro NCAP in its crash tests, with a stellar 96% score for adult occupant safety. It scored 85, 80 and 76% in the child occupant, vulnerable road users and safety assist categories. The closely related Volkswagen T-Cross is technically safer still, however, beating the Kamiq by a few per cent in each category.
All Skoda models are covered by a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty that can be extended up to five years and 100,000 miles at extra cost. It’s a match for most rivals’ warranties, but the Hyundai Kona benefits from standard five-year, 100,000-mile coverage and the Kia Stonic gets a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty as standard.
Fixed-price servicing means it’ll be easy to figure out how much Kamiq ownership will cost. A minor service is around £170 and a major service around £279; Skoda charges around £99 for an oil and filter change. Skoda offers service plans to help spread costs; payments can be added to monthly finance payments at extra cost.
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 CostsWith 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 Safety - currently readingSkoda has a strong record for safety and owner satisfaction, so the Kamiq should follow suit