Skoda Kamiq - 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 small SUV class, the Skoda Kamiq has the space to rival some models from the segment above. It’s been designed to focus on practicality, making it an easy car to live with daily.
There’s just one body style to choose from, and all versions get five seats. There’s a 60:40 split/fold for the rear bench to help when loading larger items. The Kamiq doesn’t feature sliding rear seats like some versions of Citroën C3 Aircross and Volkswagen T-Cross, although that’s unlikely to matter – both boot space and rear seat room are generous. Cabin storage is good, with many places to store odds and ends.
The driving position is excellent, with plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel. Standard seat height adjustment helps with visibility, as does the large glass house, allowing a good view in every direction. If you spend a lot of time in town, we’d recommend the optional Convenience Pack because this adds front parking sensors and a reversing camera – the latter is standard with Monte Carlo trim. Unlike the Nissan Juke you can’t add a 360-degree camera system to the Kamiq.
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 Juke.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
There’s loads of space in the back of the Kamiq for taller people to sit comfortably on longer trips. There’s also plenty of leg room and the high roofline affords excellent head room, plus those in the back benefit from a couple of USB-C charging ports to keep devices topped up and some handy pockets on the back of the front seats to store smartphones in.
There’s an Isofix point on the front passenger seat and two further Isofix points on the outer rear positions.
The Kamiq’s 400-litre boot is, on paper, smaller than the Juke, which has 422 litres with the rear seats in place. In reality, the Kamiq’s boot is more useful, with a larger opening, square shape, and tall roof, making it easier to load up. 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 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 technologyThe Skoda Kamiq’s interior is logically laid out and full of tech, but its design could be more adventurous
- 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, so the Kamiq should follow suit