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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. SE Drive, 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 £240. If you really want to spec the Virtual Cockpit system for your SE or SE Drive car, then Skoda will charge you almost £600 for the privilege. You can’t specify the system on entry-level S cars.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 95 S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £18,250

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 95 S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £18,250

Fastest

  • Name
    1.5 TSI SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,925

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