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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 132g/km. But, the prize for lowest CO2 emissions goes to the 1.5-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.

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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.

Insurance groups

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.

Depreciation

Our experts predict that the Skoda Kamiq will retain around 42 to 49 per cent 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 per cent over the same period, so there’s little to separate the two.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 95 S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,455

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 95 S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,455

Fastest

  • Name
    1.5 TSI SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,090
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