By Declan Glynn
The all-new ŠKODA KAMIQ is the third model in the brand’s successful SUV portfolio, and it sees ŠKODA compete in the rapidly-growing small SUV segment for the first time.
The KAMIQ blends increased ground clearance, and a raised seat position with the agility of a compact car, and ŠKODA’s characteristic emotive design.
With state-of-the-art assistance and infotainment systems, a generous amount of space and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features, the new KAMIQ equally fulfils the needs of both family, and lifestyle-oriented customers in true ŠKODA style.
A Proud Family Member:
At first glance, the new KAMIQ (pronounced Ka-Mick) shares the ŠKODA SUV design language of its bigger siblings, the KAROQ and the KODIAQ. However, upon closer inspection the split headlights, which feature daytime running lights above the main headlights, distinguish the KAMIQ from its siblings.
The KAMIQ is the first ŠKODA to have dynamic (strobing) front and rear indicators, and it is one of the largest cars in its segment too. Viewed from the rear the tailgate confidently bears ‘ŠKODA’ in block lettering instead of the ŠKODA logo – a trait now shared with all models in the ŠKODA range.
Familiar Engine Line-Up:
The KAMIQ has a familiar and tested engine line up, with three TSI petrol engines in either 1.0 or 1.5 litre capacities (95-150bhp), and a 1.6 litre TDI producing 115bhp. The engines can be coupled with a 5-speed or 6-speed manual gearbox, or a 7-speed DSG (automatic) – depending on the engine chosen.
The KAMIQ boasts an elevated seating position for excellent road visibility, while a generous amount of space provides easy access in and out of the car. The boot has a capacity of 363-litres, which can be increased to 1,360-litres by folding down the asymmetrically split back seat (60:40).
The KAMIQ possesses a premium interior atmosphere created by soft materials on the dashboard and front door trims, as well as quality new seat designs. Based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 platform, the KAMIQ offers the highest level of active and passive safety. It is equipped with up to nine airbags including a driver knee airbag, and front side airbags as standard.
The KAMIQ is generously specified with Active, Ambition and Style grades available.
Active and Ambition models feature the 6.5-inch Swing touch screen infotainment system, LED headlights and tail lights, Lane Assist, Front Assist with City Emergency Brake and Predictive Pedestrian Protection, while Multi-Collision Braking is also standard.
Style versions receive the 8.0-inch Bolero infotainment unit and full LED headlights with Adaptive Frontlight System (AFS), and dynamic front and rear indicators.
Car on Review:
My review car was a ŠKODA KAMIQ 1.0TSI 115bhp 7-Speed DSG ‘Style’ model, which looked spectacular in its Quartz Grey metallic paintwork.
A comprehensive list of equipment comes as standard on this range-topping model, with key features such as full LED lights, Wireless SmartLink, Bluetooth, 17” alloy wheels, dual-zone climatronic air-conditioning, rear-view camera, auto wipers & lights, keyless start system, power-folding exterior mirrors, ‘SUNSET’ dark tinted privacy glass, umbrella compartment in the driver’s door, leather steering wheel, leather gear stick knob, leather handbrake handle, and two USB-C slots.
For driver’s who still demand more, a full suite of optional extras are available for the ultimate in personalisation. Performance from my test car was impressive, with the car capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 10.0-seconds, while a top speed of 193km/h is achievable.
Producing a generous 200Nm of torque, the amazingly-brisk 1.0-litre petrol engine is always willing to respond to the driver’s every demand – whether it is climbing up a steep hill, or cruising on a motorway. With my review car capable of fuel consumption as low as 5.5l/100kms, and annual road tax of just €200 across the entire range, the new KAMIQ is a savvy financial proposition too.
Excellent driving dynamics ensure that ŠKODA’s new small SUV is a top performer in terms of agility, poise, and precision, while a whole host of safety features provide occupants with the reassurance that the KAMIQ is ready to protect them, should the need arise.
The cabin of the new KAMIQ is furnished with quality materials and great craftsmanship. Multiple combinations of upholstery and décor means that buyers can give their car a unique personality, while beautifully-shaped, and comfortable seats ensure that all occupants will feel fresh, even after a long journey.
Overview & Pricing:
With the small SUV/Crossover market segment in Ireland gaining momentum at an astonishing rate, the new ŠKODA KAMIQ is poised for great success. Rivals include the Hyundai KONA, Dacia Duster, Renault Captur, SEAT Arona, Kia Stonic, VW T-Cross, Opel Crossland X, and the Ford EcoSport.
With prices for the new KAMIQ starting at just €22,265 it genuinely does offer terrific value for money. With the amount of recyclable materials used in the KAMIQ standing at a hugely-impressive 85%, the KAMIQ is a sustainability and environmental champion too.