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Skoda Kamiq review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The Skoda Kamiq is one of only a few compact crossovers that feels big enough inside to act as a proper family car

Despite the fact it sits in the supermini-SUV class, the Skoda Kamiq has the space to rival some models from the segment above. It’s been designed with a focus on practicality, and as usual, its raft of Skoda ‘Simply Clever’ features, make it an incredibly easy car to live with day-to-day.

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There’s just one body style to choose from, but don’t let that put you off. It’s a stylish, spacious and kit-laden crossover that should suit family buyers down to the ground. All versions get five seats, and all feature a 60:40 split/fold for the rear bench to help when loading larger items. Unfortunately, the Kamiq doesn’t feature sliding rear seats, but that’s unlikely to matter – both boot space and rear seat room are generous. Cabin storage is good, too, with loads of places to store odds and ends.

The driving position is excellent, with plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel. The raised ride height helps with visibility, as does the large glass house, which allows a good view out in every direction. If you spend a lot of time in town, then we’d recommend the SE as that comes with parking sensors as standard; while Park Assist is available on all but the entry-level S model.

Size

At just over 4.2m long and almost 1.8m wide, the Kamiq isn’t a particularly big car. That said, it’s marginally bigger in both directions than a Volkswagen T-Cross, and slightly (31mm) longer than a Nissan Juke

Leg room, head room & passenger space

There’s loads of space inside the Skoda Kamiq. Taller people trading up from a supermini like the Fabia or Volkswagen Polo will find the adjustable driving position suits their size and shape, while passengers in the back will benefit from the high roofline. There’s no sliding rear bench, but that doesn’t really matter – the Skoda strikes a neat balance between passenger space and boot room.

Boot

The Kamiq’s boot is, on paper at least, smaller than the new Nissan Juke’s with the rear seats in place. Here, the Skoda’s 400 litres plays poorly against the Nissan’s 422-litre load bay. However, in reality, the Kamiq’s large, square opening, tall roof and favourable rear window line means it’s much more practical. Furthermore, the Skoda’s maximum 1,395-litre boot capacity with the rear seats folded flat, shames the Juke’s pitiful 1,088-litre total cargo space.

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