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Skoda Kamiq

£ 17,475 - £ 25,730
Published: 04 Oct 2021


What is it like on the inside?

No major missteps in here, just the usual Skoda gripes of hard plastics cynically chosen to widen the perceived quality gap between this and its VW Group classmates. However, if you can live with the fact that the bits of the dashboard you never touch aren’t as plush as others, and that the cupholders and door handles go for toughness rather than tactility, then the Kamiq’s utilitarian and simple cabin will find favour. Mind our test car had a curious two-spoke steering wheel which looked and felt a bit OTT in a car so proudly prosaic inside. But then a bit of extra glamour hurt nobody.

On which note, you can have fully digital dials, which offer a useful array of layouts, and the main touchscreen’s tile-based interface is logical and snappy. Beware that the 9.2-inch top spec version is so obsessed with minimalism that there are no manual volume and zoom knobs for maps and lists, and tweaking the interface on the move is a pain. Happily, Skoda has kept physical knobs and buttons for the climate control, and thoughtfully chromed them. Nice touch.

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How about roominess?

Skoda’s claim of having the most capacious car in its class is borne out by the echoing chasm you discover when opening the generous rear doors. It’s roomy enough for three adults across the back, and the rear seats are unusually comfortable for an entry-level small crossover. Homework has been done here. In fact, unless your offspring is of the overnight-lanky teenage variety, you’d get away with a Kamiq instead of going for the bigger Karoq.

Given so many of the Kamiq’s rivals prioritise looks over usefulness, cars like the Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic, Vauxhall Crossland and Renault Captur offer nowhere near this much room. Even VW’s larger T-Roc won’t be noticeably more spacious. And Skoda hasn’t nicked litres from the boot to give this bizarrely commodious cabin a boost – you get 400 litres of cargo room. What’s more, eschewing a pathetic ‘coupeish’ roofline means visibility is decent too.

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