Kamiq SE 1.0 TSI 115PS
SUV anyone? Sure, but
while youll be spoilt for choice they
all fully-fledged all-rounders.
If you want one of those then the
smart place to start is with Skodas
LET'S CUT TO THE CHASE: We've been driving the likely most popular
model, powered by a petrol-drinking turboed 1.0-litre three-pot that puts out
a useful 113bhp; alternatively you could opt for a 94bhp version or go for more
oomph by adding a fourth cylinder with the turboed 148bhp 1.5-litre. Still carrying
a torch for oil-burners? No problem there's a 113bhp 1.6-litre with your
name on it. All bar the 94bhp powerplant can be specified with a seven-speed
Skoda's new Kamiq is the third all-new SUV to be launched by Skoda in the
last three years and, positioned below the seven-seater Kodiaq and Karoq, represents
the compact entry in the Czech carmaker's Sports Utility Vehicle line-up. While
it might be classed as 'compact' there's more to the Kamiq than meets the eye;
for a start its 4.2-metre length is meaningfully longer than a number of its
rivals and ensures there's plenty of inner space, particularly for rear passengers.
the Kamiq is refreshingly un-SUV with none of the bulging wheelarches or in-your-face
machismo that usually comes with the territory. Instead it looks more the lifestyle
estate, albeit one with the deep body, deep glasshouse and upright radiator
grille of a crossover or SUV. Its sculpted bonnet features a raised centre section
running down its whole length and, beneath it, slimline wraparound LED daytime
running lights sit separately above LED headlights, adding a standout aspect
to its face.
A-pillars boost the
A1 driving position
and from behind the
heated steering wheel
you can see the bonnet
edges, making the
Kamiq easy to place
on the go.
A regular shaped rear
screen and deep
provide fine road
visibility in all directions
for both the driver
A nice touch is the
powered sunblind that
extends from the back to
the front so while the rear
passengers are taking
the rays the driver can
stay in the shade...
Inside you'll find a classy and clutter-free cabin that's defined by smart and
tasteful trim and materials and underscored by a stylishly minimalist dash.
Our test car came fitted with the optional panoramic glass roof (worth every
penny of the £935 extra cost) and it's a real must-have, flooding the cabin
with light. Thanks to effective bolstering (smartly finished with diamond-pattern
silver stitching) and shapely and supportive black cloth seats you're always
Two-stage heating and adjustable lumbar support features on both high-set front
seats and a fist of headroom highlights the light and airy ambiance (for the
record, the Kamiq sets benchmarks in its segment for elbow, knee and headroom).
A good-to-grip, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel adds to the tactile
pleasures, while the wide 'free-standing' central touchscreen looks smart and
is a doddle to use from the very first finger-tap.
Slim A-pillars boost the A1 driving position and from behind the heated steering
wheel you can see the bonnet edges, making the Kamiq dead easy to place on the
go. A regular shaped rear screen and deep glasshouse windows provide fine road
visibility in all directions for both the driver and passengers. A nice touch
is the powered opaque sunblind that extends from the back to the front (most
open in the opposite direction) so while the rear passengers are taking the
rays the driver can stay in the shade.
As usual with a Skoda there are plenty of places to stow your stuff: totalling
26 litres in all. Along with a lined coin box (big enough to hold a compact
camera) you get big 1.5-litre bottle-holding bins that run the full length of
the front doors, a large open tray at the base of the centre stack, three dual-use
cupholders, another bin between the front seats capped by a sliding armrest
that doesn't interfere with the trad-style handbrake, a chilled glovebox that's
damped, lit and lined, and lidded lockers discreetly fitted into the front seat
bases as well as some particularly handy 'pouch' pockets on the inner sides
of the front backrests. Other trademark Skoda touches include an umbrella holstered
in the driver's door, windscreen clip for car park tickets, and an ice-scraper-cum-tyre
tread depth gauge behind the fuel-filler cap.
Kamiq's infotainment and connectivity features are some of the most advanced
in its segment, delivering state-of-the-art technology, innovative applications
and mobile services. SmartLink technology is installed for connecting devices
via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink and satellite navigation, with
crisp graphics and über-clear mapping, is built-in. Naturally there's an emergency
assistance feature that automatically summons help in the event of an accident,
relaying the vehicle's location as well as information about its status. Along
with Bluetooth, a DAB digital radio and eight speakers, there are also two USB-charging
ports (more are optional).
are one of the most
advanced in its segment,
applications and mobile
technology is installed
for connecting devices
via Apple CarPlay,
Android Auto or
MirrorLink; the built-in
has crisp graphics and
Our press car came upgraded (£1,230) with the range-topping 9.2-inch Amundsen
touchscreen with Care Connect and Voice Control and includes Skoda's customisable
Virtual Cockpit a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel. The instrument
screen is an impressive and driver-friendly feature offering a number of different
layouts from one that minimises the information down to the absolute essentials
(prioritising large readouts for the range and road speed) to edge-to-edge active
All of the Amundsen infotainment system's functions can be controlled using
three forms of operation: touchscreen, gestures or the driver's own voice. The
advanced voice control system AKA Digital Assistant 'Laura'
is always ready to respond to voice commands and understands natural speech
and dialects. Like Google's 'Alexa' 'she' can be activated simply by saying
"Okay, Laura". When asked, Laura can navigate you to a specific destination,
pick out your favourite music or even write out dictated text messages. As and
when required this advanced voice control system is backed by online data
helpfully, courtesy of a built-in eSIM, the Kamiq is always online via a high-speed
LTE Internet connection.
SE trim includes all the essentials and in addition to items already mentioned
such as the comms, there's dual-zone climate with a pollen filter, cruise control,
auto-dimming rearview mirror, four one-shot up/down windows, powered and heated
door mirrors, rear parking sensors, and a set of distinctive 17-inch alloy wheels.
A raft of standard safety systems includes Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian
Protection (that also identifies cyclists) and autonomous City Emergency Brake,
active Lane Assist (nice that you can switch the steering wheel vibration warnings
on/off), Hill-hold control, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights,
LED rear lights, auto lights and wipes, a full suite of airbags, height-adjustable
front seatbelts, and tyre pressure monitoring. Also standard-fit is an XDS+
Electronic Differential Lock to improve the traction of the front wheels.
open one of the generous-sized rear doors and climb aboard the
raised seating position makes for easy getting in and out, particularly with
young children and you'll immediately appreciate the room available
for your head, knees, legs and feet. And sitting three grown-ups side-by-side
is also very doable; not always a socially acceptable 'ask' in this sector but
bearing out Skoda's claim that the Kamiq is the roomiest car in its sector with
best-in-class headroom, elbow room, and kneeroom. Kamiq passengers definitely
enjoy 'the stretch' and the well-defined outer seats are really comfortable
with decent backrest angles and big outer armrests.
choice for Kamiq buyers
will likely be the mid-
range SE 1.0-litre with a
manual gearbox, which
is exactly what weve
been bombing around in
this past week.
Putting out a healthy
113bhp this petrol-
sipping 999cc triple
serves up a surprisingly
good measure of poke
more than enough to
enable you to exploit the
footprint when taking
advantage of gaps in the
traffic or joining fast-
More good news if you're travelling in the back: the window panes drop completely
into the doors great if you want a refreshing blast of the real
stuff on a summer's day (not that the climate control doesn't pump out plenty
of chilled air). Also appreciated are the great views out, airy ambiance (the
glass roof extends fully back to the rear headrests), dedicated air vents, useful
pouches on the front seatbacks, 500ml bottle-holders, proper reading lights,
and Isofix-mountings on the outer seats.
The most popular choice for Kamiq buyers will likely be the mid-range SE 1.0-litre
with a manual gearbox, which is exactly what we've been bombing around in this
past week. Putting out a healthy 113bhp, this petrol-sipping 999cc 'triple'
serves up a surprisingly good measure of poke supported by a meaty 147lb ft
of torque from 2,000rpm more than ample to enable you to exploit
the Kamiq's compact footprint when taking advantage of gaps in the traffic or
joining fast-moving dual-carriageways and motorways.
A very slick, quick-changing six-speed stick shifter and nicely weighted pedals
make for hassle-free driving whether you're stuck in slow-moving traffic or
making up lost time along the back roads. For the record the top speed is a
more than sufficient 120mph with 0-62mph done and dusted in a brisk 9.9 seconds.
And however light or heavy your right foot is, you'll not hear any complaints
from this pleasingly refined and smooth-revving three-pot. Officially it returns
up to 47.9mpg in the combined cycle but over a rather hard-pressed week in our
hands it did even better, averaging an impressive 50.6mpg.
the Kamiq's ride tends towards firm, as far as your passengers are concerned
it keeps on the right side of comfy. There's no cabin disruption when crossing
patchy blacktop and motorways are cruised with a mile-eating composure, helped
by wind and road noise being kept down to a minimum. SE models roll on 17-inch
alloy wheels shod with Goodyear 205/55 rubber which, while large enough to look
stylish, aren't too big for comfort.
drive; all versions are
front-wheel drive. And
thats perfectly fine
the Kamiq does what
needs to do which is to
handle with reassuring
composure, hold its line
through corners, and grip
confidently when pushed through the twisties.
The steering is well-
weighted and responsive
and the Kamiq is easy
to place accurately on
the road. Whilst many
owners wont be
intending to drive their
family wheels hard,
should they need to get
their skates on theyll
find the Kamiq quick
no four-wheel drive on the Kamiq menu; all versions are front-wheel drive. To
be honest, that's perfectly fine and the Kamiq competently does what it needs
to do which is to handle with reassuring composure, hold its line
through corners, and grip confidently when pushed through the twisties.
The steering is well-weighted and responsive and the front wheels bite purposefully
when you turn in making the Kamiq very easy to place accurately on the road.
Whilst many owners won't be intending to drive their 'family wheels' hard, should
they need to get their skates on they'll find the Kamiq quick and nimble. For
those intending to push on, there's an optional 15mm-lower sports chassis with
Driving Mode Select.
With so much space given over to passengers you might worry that there's not
a lot left over for their luggage. Actually, there's more than enough to go
round at a voluminous 400 litres it's more than fit for purpose
and easily large enough to swallow an average family's baggage.
The 60:40-split rear seatbacks fold down flat and the optional false boot floor
creates an all-of-a-level surface that comes into its own in loadbay mode. Helped
by the Kamiq's sensible roofline (less trendy coupe-lifestyle and more practical
SUV) 'to the roof' loading lets you make full use of every one of the 1,395
litres. Also handy is the removable LED boot light-cum-torch, power socket,
and sturdy bag hooks. Roof rails are on hand to complement the Kamiq's braked
1,200kg towing ability.
A very likeable and well-specced compact SUV that's as sensible as it is comfortable
and roomy and all for a reasonable price. Best of all it will
still be as appealing and satisfying to use after many of its rivals with overly
trending looks have faded away. Inhabiting the fastest growing automotive sector,
the Kamiq's is that rarity: an all-round, honest-to-goodness family car. And
you don't see many of those around! ~ MotorBar
Skoda Kamiq SE 1.0 TSI 115PS
Maximum speed: 120mph | 0-62mph: 9.9 seconds | Test Average: 50.6mpg
Power: 113bhp | Torque: 147lb ft | CO2: 116g/km