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Skoda Kamiq (NW4)

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Product Overview

Skoda Kamiq (chassis code NW4) is a subcompact crossover in production from 2018. It is available with a range of inline-3 and inline-4 engines that displaced 1.0 to 1.6 liters.
Compared to other vehicles in its class, the VW Polo-based Kamiq is an uninspiring vehicle with nothing that stands out. It is essentially a clumsier variant of the hatchback.
The Skoda Kamiq is limited to inline-4, which just a decade ago would be considered inadequate but which is what most have to live with today, thanks to regulations.

Ratings

What we found

Neofiliac score 13%
Pros
  • Decent engine reliability
Cons
  • Horrible 0-100kph time
  • Can't even reach 200km/h
  • No powerful engine options
  • Only available with small engines
  • Poor suspension setup

What external reviewers found

External score 58%
Pros
  • Fantastic all-rounder
  • Decent ride quality
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Lack of boot space
  • Lacklustre cabin
  • Lacklustre engine
  • Lack of torque
  • Not quite as flexible as a Citroen C3 Aircross
  • Not the most fun to drive

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Specifications

Variants shown:
1.0 G-TEC 90
1.0 TSI 115
1.0 TSI 115 DSG
1.0 TSI 95
1.5 TSI 150
1.5 TSI 150 DSG
1.6 TDI 115
1.6 TDI 115 DSG

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External Reviews

autocar[1]

Reviewer score 42%
Reviewers from autocar have found:
The Kamiq is set to join bigger SUV-ish brothers the Karoq and Kodiaq in UK showrooms later this year. The car uses the Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 supermini platform, which in turn means it can only have front-wheel drive and torsion beam rear suspension. Performance is respectable, although we're not sure you’d want a lesser engine.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment and connectivity
Cons
  • No front-wheel drive or torsion beam rear suspension

autoexpress[2]

Reviewer score 75%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found:
Despite its dinky dimensions, the Kamiq is a credible alternative to more conventional hatchback models like the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf. The cabin feels well screwed together, and there's loads of kit no matter which trim you go for. All of Skoda's usual ‘Simply Clever' features remain, making this a fantastically adept family car.
Pros
  • Fantastic all-rounder
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Not quite as flexible as a Citroen C3 Aircross

carmagazine[3]

Reviewer score 48%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found:
The Kamiq is a good car. It's family-friendly with a spacious and cleverly laid-out interior that feels well-built and loaded with a good amount of equipment and useful touches. The ride and steering are from the same stable. There's an optional £495 Sport Chassis Control which sits 15mm lower than standard cars.
Pros
  • Well-built and well-built
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent fuel economy
Cons
  • Inoffensive driving advice
  • Lack of torque

carwow[4]

Reviewer score 71%
Reviewers from carwow have found:
The Skoda Kamiq faithfully adheres to the brand's ‘Simply Clever' message by offering all the things buyers need, but without much of a fanfare. The two-piece headlights look just like those on the bigger Kodiaq SUV while the posh Skoda lettering on the bootlid is a clear nod to the stylish Scala hatchback. The back seats are very generous for a small SUV, too – even without the sliding rear seats like those in a VW T-Cross and Citroen C3 Aircross.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of standard safety features
Cons
  • Lack of boot space
  • Not the most fun to drive

topgear[5]

Reviewer score 48%
Reviewers from topgear have found:
The 1.6 TDI proved to be well-insulated noise-wise and returned an indicated 45mpg on a mostly motorway-based test route. The main touchscreen's tile-based interface is logical and snappy. Safety-wise, the bodyshell is almost all high-strength steel and you get Lane Assist, Front Assist withCityEmergency BrakeandPredictive Pedestrian Protection.
Pros
  • Class-leading cabin
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • Lacklustre cabin
  • No manual volume or zoom knobs

References

  1. ^ Skoda Kamiq review . [autocar].
  2. ^ Skoda Kamiq review. [autoexpress].
  3. ^ Skoda Kamiq (2020) review: thinking inside the box. [carmagazine].
  4. ^ Skoda Kamiq Review. [carwow].
  5. ^ Skoda Kamiq. [topgear].

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