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.
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; SE L adds the option of Park Assist.
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. The trade-off, however, is the Skoda’s generous 1,395-litre boot.
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 should seek solace in 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.
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.
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 technologyThe Skoda Kamiq’s interior is logically laid out and full of tech, but it’s low on visual appeal
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe 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