10 SECOND REVIEW
What's this? Another small SUV? You could argue that Skoda contributed to popularising this principle a decade earlier with their Yeti design. Today, we've got the Kamiq, which aims to distil all the Czech brand name's best bits into a compact Crossover you could actually bond with.
Skoda might have been at the leading edge of the existing craze for supermini-based SUVs - Juke and Captur-class designs. Back in 2009 before either of these 2 vehicles, it launched a model you might possibly remember, the Yeti, which utilized Fabia bits however dressed them up with Crossover mindset. It was an excellent start, but the foundation wasn't built upon. The facelifted Yeti of 2013 was disappointingly conservative in a market seeking haute couture and after 4 years on sale, was enabled to wander out of production without being properly replaced. Leaving the Czech brand to wait up until it could launch its own version of the small SUV design possible on the VW Group's MQB-A0 platform, a chassis that by Autumn 2019 had actually been pressed into service for the SEAT Arona and the Volkswagen T-Cross in this class. That was when Skoda was likewise able to utilize it to release this car, the Kamiq.
Because this Kamiq uses the very same foundations as a Skoda Scala household hatch, it can just have front wheel drive and uncomplicated torsion bean rear suspension. Still, that's all likely purchasers will probably want. As a choice, the brand name provides 'Sport Chassis Control', which reduces the vehicle by 10mm and provides it two-way adjustable dampers. We can't see numerous customers taking this up. A lot of customers will desire the base 1.0-litre TSI fuel engine. Entry-level variations get it in 95PS type with a 5-speed transmission however even more up the range, the variants offered feature this unit in a 115PS state of tune. Opt for that and you'll be used the choice of a 7-speed DSG vehicle transmission. Both engines have excellent torque offered from low revs - the 95PS version delivering 175Nm from simply 2,000 rpm and the 115PS variation serving up its 200Nm across the same 2,000 rpm to 3,500 rpm band. Simply put, you won't have to row this little SUV along with the gear lever through town. Skoda is likewise providing two other units, a 150PS 1.5 TSI petrol powerplant and a 115PS 1.6 TDI diesel. Do not expect a Kamiq to ride quite along with a Scala - that taller, heavier body needs to tell somewhere - but for the school run and travelling duties, few purchasers are likely to have issues.
STYLE AND BUILD
With vehicles like the Roomster and the Yeti, Skoda used to set itself apart with individualistic style. There's nothing like that here. Rather, the Kamiq looks basically like a variation of among the brand's bigger SUVs - the Karoq and the Kodiaq - that's been in some way diminished in a hot wash. The apart lighting panel for the dipped headlamp beams sits listed below instead of above the daytime running light strips flanking the grille. Otherwise, the front end here is extremely similar to the Skoda Crossover norm. Inside, there's plenty of quality, acres of ergonomic design, little to surprise and nothing to dissatisfy. Upper-spec designs can have digital instrument cluster dials and all get the Czech brand's shiny smart glass-fronted centre-dash screen that sets the class requirement for infotainment. Rear legroom isn't of the order you 'd find in the sort of Scala or Octavia family hatch design you might buy from Skoda for similar cash. But Kamiq customers, who'll normally utilize this location of the vehicle mainly for ferrying kids from ballet classes to field trip, most likely won't care too much about that. The very same comment applies to the boot, which determines in at 400-litres, extendable to 1,395-litres when the rear seats are folded.
MARKET AND MODEL
Anticipate the Kamiq to sell in the £& pound; 18,000 to & pound; 25,000 bracket, which is fractionally above what you'll spend for volume competitors like Renault's Captur and Nissan's Juke however much the same as you 'd have to find for this design's 2 VW Group cousins, the Volkswagen T-Cross and the SEAT Arona. Kamiq buyers are offered an option of four trim levels -'S', 'SE', 'SE L' and 'Monte Carlo'. 'SE' purchasers get the chance to pay £& pound; 800 more to graduate from the entry-level 95PS variation of the 1.0 TSI gas engine to the 115PS variation. Further up the variety, you have to have this perkier system. Supplying you prevent base trim and the base 95PS engine, you'll be provided the opportunity to pay £& pound; 1,250 more for a 7-speed DSG vehicle gearbox. Even the entry-level Kamiq S is decently geared up, coming with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and tail lights, air conditioning and a 6.5-inch touchscreen display screen. Clients choosing the 'SE' design benefit from 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers, a much better 'Bolero' infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen screen and Wireless Smartlink for Apple CarPlay. 'SE' designs likewise include rear parking sensing units, cruise control and light and rain sensors. 'SE L' models get a larger 9.2-inch 'Amundsen' infotainment system and microsuede upholstery.
COST OF OWNERSHIP
Skoda quotes CO2 figures for the 1.0 TSI fuel engine varying in between 113 and 116g/km - so not too away what you 'd get in a diesel. Anticipate around simply under 50mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. For the 1.6 TDI diesel, you're looking at around 52mpg on the WLTP-rated combined cycle, while for the DSG automobile, it's around 50.4 mpg. With both transmissions, the CO2 figure is 112g/km. And maintenance? Well, there's the choice in between fixed or flexible servicing routines, depending on whether your annual mileage is short or long. Service periods are every 18,600 miles or every 24 months. The offered 'Skoda Connect' app has a 'Proactive Service' component consisted of which, when activated, can send all the information required from your vehicle ahead of time to your regional Skoda dealer prior to a service go to. What else? Well your car will come with three years of pan-European Roadside Assistance that has no mileage limitation. The paintwork service warranty lasts for 3 years and, as you 'd anticipate, this design is safeguarded by a 12-year anti-corrosion bundle. Finally, while it's certainly true that other competitors better the three year 60,000 mile guarantee that Skoda supplies, you can extend your cover to 4 or 5 years by paying additional. Not that you really require to. The brand name routinely tops independent customer fulfillment surveys: according to real individuals, there are couple of more gratifying vehicles to own.
There's absolutely nothing very original about the Kamiq, however it's more in tune with the existing zeitgeist than the old Yeti was. And certainly more fashionable than the next model up in the Czech maker's SUV design line-up, the rather worthy Karoq. Skoda buyers are now well used to re-worked Volkswagen Group engineering with a bit of practical decoration at a lower price - which is specifically what's provided here. If you're searching for something more personalisable and over-the-top, buy a Nissan Juke instead. However one of those may not be as simple or as pleasing to cope with as a Kamiq. You get most of the reasonable virtues we like in the brand's Scala family hatch, without the rather vanilla blandness we don't. A Kamiq, in fact, lacks doubt the trendiest car the marque has yet produced. A style declaration that's also a Skoda. Whoever would have thought it?