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Facelifted Skoda Kamiq starts from £24k

Prices will start at just over £24,000, with key updates to both the exterior and interior headlining the changes

  • Three trim levels from launch
  • Prices start from £24,030
  • Available for order from 3 October

Having teased a mid-cycle refresh for the Kamiq alongside the Scala hatchback in August, Skoda has now confirmed its new pricing and trim levels, with updates including a range of new TSI turbocharged petrol engines. 

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The front end will see the most changes externally, with the most noticeable being a reworked bumper and splitter design, in addition to a new headlight cluster that brings the Kamiq in line with the rest of the Skoda range. Comparatively, the rear has seen limited changes, but a modified ‘C’ tail light and rear diffuser are present.

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The Skoda Kamiq has been around since 2019, and this mid-life refresh aims to keep it competitive against rivals such as the Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Stonic and Volkswagen T-Cross.

Skoda Kamiq exterior design

The popular small SUV has welcomed a number of minor changes to refresh its exterior design. At the front end, thinner headlights and a slightly larger grille design feature, which adopts an inverted bulge in the middle beneath the Skoda crest. Meanwhile, the double slat design that we’ve come to associate with Skoda SUVs now forms a U-shape towards the lower section and sits neatly beside a new front bumper and 3D mesh-effect air intake.

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The new Kamiq also features decorative new headlights, which adopt Skoda’s latest design language that’s often characterised by a thin, slanted unit that’s separated from its LED fog lights. Customers will also have the option to incorporate full-LED Matrix technology – a first for the Kamiq range. An redesigned silver front splitter with three openings completes the main facelift changes.

In comparison to the front, the rear has seen a relatively modest revamp. The most significant addition is a redesigned diffuser and tailgate lettering, while the lower section of the tail light cluster has been curved and stretched to form a more complete ‘C’ shape.

Skoda Kamiq powertrain and performance

There will be no major overhaul of the Kamiq’s powertrain, with the model foregoing any form of electrification for the time being, likely as part of a strategy to keep costs down. The updated Kamiq will come with a choice of petrol engines, including a 1.0-litre turbocharged TSI with either 94bhp paired with a five-speed manual gearbox, or 114bhp paired with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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Higher spec variants get a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine option with 148bhp paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox. It also gets Skoda’s cylinder deactivation technology, which improves fuel economy when the extra power isn’t needed.

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A Sports Chassis Control option will be available, which lowers the ride height by 10mm and allows for extra damping settings for the suspension, and this should improve driving dynamics on equipped models.

Skoda Kamiq interior and technology

All new Skoda Kamiqs will get an eight-inch digital gauge cluster as standard – this can be upgraded to a larger 10.25-inch unit. The central infotainment screen is 8.25 inches as standard, but can be upgraded for a 9.2-inch touchscreen – this gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility if specced with the navigation package. Other new tech includes a foot-gesture control on versions with the powered tailgate, helping you open it when you’ve got your hands full, smartphone storage pockets and a removable box with cupholders on the central tunnel.

Other interior features include two USB-C ports as standard. An extra two, plus faster charging tech are included if you go for the optional Technology Pack. A neat option is an extra port in the rear-view mirror, enabling you to power a dashcam more discreetly. Interior trim options will be offered as part of ‘Design Selections’, similar to the way they are offered on the Enyaq.

Skoda Kamiq trim levels

The facelifted Kamiq will be available in three distinctive trim grades: SE, SE L and Monte Carlo. 

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The Kamiq SE is the entry-level version and features a range of useful standard equipment to keep it competitive. That includes the 8.25-inch infotainment screen and 8.0-inch digital instrument display pairing, with wireless Smartlink technology included. Rear parking sensors and keyless start/stop also feature, in addition to a quartet of USB-C fast charging ports. Externally, 17-inch Stratos alloy wheels and full LED headlights set the SE trim apart.

The Kamiq SE L will see a slight increase in creature comforts for customers, including a larger 9.2-inch screen and 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit – both of which are styling features of what Skoda calls its new ‘Lodge’ interior. Privacy glass for rear passengers and red/white ambient lighting are also included. A set of 18-inch Fornax alloys and chromed windows are the aesthetic upgrades over its SE alternative.

The range-topping Monte Carlo edition will boast various enhancements over the SE and SE L variants, and take a ‘sportier’ approach to things. A set of black brushed 18-inch Ursa alloys are equipped, while the blacked-out theme also extends to the radiator grille, door mirror and badging. A panoramic sunroof and full LED Matrix headlights are also provided.

Skoda Kamiq pricing and release date

The new Skoda Kamiq range will start at £24,030 for the entry-level SE model and will be available to order from 3 October. The full price list for the trim levels and corresponding engine options can be seen below:

Kamiq SE

Engine

Price

1.0 TSI (94bhp)

£24,030.00

1.0 TSI (114bhp)

£24,960.00

1.0 TSI DSG (114bhp)

£26,405.00

1.5 TSI (148bhp)

£26,350.00

1.5 TSI DSG (148bhp)

£27,750.00

Kamiq SE L

Engine

Price

1.0 TSI (114bhp)

£27,175.00

1.0 TSI DSG (114bhp)

£28,620.00

1.5 TSI (148bhp) 

£28,565.00

1.5 TSI DSG (148bhp)

£29,965.00

 

Kamiq Monte Carlo

Engine

Price

1.0 TSI (114bhp)

£29,275.00

1.0 TSI DSG (114bhp)

£30,720.00

1.5 TSI (148bhp)

£30,665.00

1.5 TSI DSG (148bhp)

£32,065.00

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Shafiq has had a serial obsession with all things automotive since he experienced his baptism of fire as a seven-year-old in the passenger seat of a fourth-generation Toyota Supra. He then decided to turn this passion into a profession by becoming a double journalism graduate and cutting his teeth at publications like CarThrottle, Electrifying, and The Intercooler.

He now works as a Content Editor at Carbuyer, and looks to keep the nation informed on the latest trends and news in an industry that is embracing its most significant period of change since Bertha Benz’s historic drive in the Patent Motorwagen. 

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Shafiq Abidin’s top tips for car buyers:

  1. So often, buyers have their hearts set on a particular colour combination or specific cabin details. There’s nothing wrong with that, but a willingness to compromise on trim and design will often pave the way for big savings. At the end of the day, buyers should first and foremost be looking at whether or not a car satisfies their needs, and only secondarily on the more materialistic things.
  2. Having a full log of service stamps and the entire documented history of a used car is everything you need to understand how its life has been lived. Where one car may have just 10,000 miles on the odometer, but has been plagued with issues over its lifespan, another with 50,000 miles could be completely trouble-free – it’s all an indication as to how its previous owners have treated it. Remember, you’re not just buying that car, but you’re also taking on the responsibilities of what its former owners have done with it, so it’s paramount that you don’t underestimate the value of good maintenance.
  3. Do you really need that bigger, more powerful engine? These days, even the mid-level options for a particular model range provide everything you need to make a statement while retaining a large portion of the economy provided by the more ‘boring’ option. Fuel isn’t going to get any cheaper, and finding the right balance is key to ensuring that you won’t be spending more than you’d be happy to.

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