Skoda Kamiq - Interior, design and technology
The Skoda Kamiq’s interior is logically laid out and full of tech, but its design could be more adventurous
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. There’s a choice of two free exterior colours and seven metallic alternatives – and not all are a dull grey.
The Kamiq has a flexible cabin with space for five adults. Its dashboard design may lack some visual flair next to the Peugeot 2008, but the Kamiq’s layout is easy to understand and feels better built than the Ford Puma.
There are loads of really clever features inside the Kamiq, including a cooled glovebox to keep a water bottle chilled on a hot day, a handy clip in the windscreen to keep a parking ticket on display, and even an umbrella in the driver’s door.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The entry-level SE trim has an 8.25-inch display, while SE L and Monte Carlo models include a larger 9.2-inch screen. Both touchscreen sizes have sharp graphics and an easy-to-understand user interface. The system responds quickly to your inputs, and while it’s not the quickest for loading times, it’s fast enough that it’s never frustrating. You get Android Auto, and wireless Apple CarPlay included as standard.
All Kamiqs come with a digital instrument cluster. In SE, it’s a basic eight-inch display, while SE L and above come with a larger 10.25-inch display that’s fully configurable, much like Audi’s virtual cockpit.
We particularly like being able to alter the display to show navigation information on a map right in front of you, which is easier to understand at a glance than having to turn your gaze towards the central screen to get direction updates while driving.
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 drives in a safe and predictable manner, but some rivals are more fun
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Skoda Kamiq lacks a cheap-to-run hybrid or electric option, unlike some rivals; depreciation and insurance are on a par with its competition
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe Skoda Kamiq’s interior is logically laid out and full of tech, but its design could be more adventurous
- 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, so the Kamiq should follow suit