Skoda Kamiq review - Interior, design and technology
The Skoda Kamiq’s interior is logically laid out and full of tech, but it’s low on visual appeal
While few will criticise the Kamiq’s exterior design, fans of the older Skoda Yeti might think this newer car is just a bit too conventional in its shape and style. Like many of its rivals, it looks like little more than a hatchback on stilts – albeit one that offers a hugely practical interior and loads of really clever features.
It’s built on the VW Group’s MQB platform, and as a result feels stable and secure to drive. That also means it benefits from a flexible cabin with space for five adults. The dashboard layout is easy to understand, if a lacking in flair, but saying that, it’s likely to offer plenty of appeal in the target market of family buyers prioritising practicality. Quality is very good; the Kamiq feels better built and more sophisticated inside than the equivalent Volkswagen T-Cross.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
Base S-trim versions feature a 6.5-inch touchscreen, while SE versions upgrade to an 8-inch display. The top-spec SE L and Monte Carlo models include a larger 9.2-inch console, but all offer sharp graphics and an easy-to-understand user interface. The screen responds quickly to your inputs, and while it’s not the quickest system for loading times, it’s fast enough that it’s never frustrating. You get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay included as standard on SE cars and above, which works very well because the screen is so up-to-date.
Wireless smartphone charging is an option that works well with compatible smartphones, although it’s pricey at £260. This function only costs £105 on a Volkswagen T-Cross, although you have to pay £650 for the privilege on the Citroen C3 Aircross because it’s part of an option pack. Apple CarPlay can work wirelessly in the Kamiq, too.
One of the best parts about the Kamiq’s tech is the 10.25-inch digital dash. It’s similar to the Volkswagen T-Cross’ display, but the graphics look more modern. It’s included as standard on SE L and Monte Carlo models – otherwise it’s a £570 option on SE models. You can’t specify the system on entry-level S cars.
In this review
- 1Skoda Kamiq reviewThe 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 technology - currently readingThe 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