Compact front-drive SUV completes Skoda’s SUV range
Announced at the Geneva Motor Show 2019, and open for orders in October positioned beneath the 7-seat Kodiaq and Karoq, the Kamiq will have “powerful rugged” looks, following design cues set out by the Vision X concept.The name derives from the Inuit language and describes something that’s a perfect fit – a great description of a crossover that combines the advantages of an SUV with the agility of a compact car.
Kamiq bears a clear family resemblance to its two SUV big brothers, though there are also several distinctive touches that attest to the influence of new design chief Oliver Stefani. The face features a wide front grille, sharply-defined styling lines on the bonnet and visually-arresting split LED headlights with daytime running lights. The overall impression? Robust, dynamic and clean, the epitome of Skoda’s appeal.
The ambient lighting, which is offered in copper, red or white, contrasts the stitching on the seats. Suedia, a fine microfibre material, is offered as an upholstery option. The KAMIQ offers optional heating for the windscreen, rear seats and steering wheel.
Built on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, the KAMIQ offers generous interior space and plenty of legroom for rear passengers thanks to the 2,651-millimetre wheelbase. The boot volume is 400 litres, increasing to 1,395 litres with the rear seat backrests folded down.
The Kamiq comes with a choice of three petrol engines plus one diesel. The range starts with the three-cylinder 1.0 TSI 95PS, which has a five-speed manual gearbox. The same three-pot engine with more power and torque is available as a 1.0 TSI 115PS, which comes with a choice of standard six-speed manual or optional 7-speed DSG gearbox. Moving up to the four-cylinder 1.5 TSI brings you 150PS and Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) which automatically shuts down two cylinders when the load is light. This unit also comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or optional 7-speed DSG gearbox.
Fans of the frugal diesel can have a 115PS 1.6 TDI that’s fitted with an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection and a diesel particulate filter. The 1.6 TDI is coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard; a 7-speed DSG is available as an option. All models are front-drive only.
The entry-model Kamiq comes with a Swing infotainment screen that’s 6.5 inches, while the next level up, Bolero, has an 8-inch display. Choose the top-of-the-range Amundsen infotainment system and you’ll enjoy a free-standing 9.2-inch touchscreen that is positioned up high, in clear view of the driver. There’s also the option of the 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit that allows you to select and configure your instrumentation from a choice of five layouts - Classic, Basic, Modern, Sport and Extended.
Connectivity is a big feature of the new Kamiq, reflecting the fact that it’s aimed at a young, urban audience. The range-topping Amundsen system is offered with a permanent internet connection as well as several connected features, such as remote access via an app that would allow you to check that the car is locked or even how much fuel is left in the tank. To activate additional online features like news, weather and online traffic, owners can purchase apps in the shop via the Amundsen infotainment screen and can even provide passengers with a data allowance via a wi-fi hotspot.
The Kamiq’s permanent internet connection provides it with eCall, which communicates information such as the car’s location and status in the event of an accident. Safety systems include Front Assist, with City Emergency Brake and Predictive Pedestrian Protection that monitors the area in front of the car while driving in the city, and helps to prevent accidents. Lane Assist is also standard, while optional safety features include Park Assist, Rear Traffic Alert and a rear-view camera.
Oliver Stefani, ŠKODA Chief Designer, said: “In our new KAMIQ city SUV we’ve implemented a completely new headlamp configuration. The two-part headlamps with daytime running lights above are a first for ŠKODA. They give the KAMIQ a unique appearance and represent another interpretation of our successful SUV design language.”
The range consists of three familiar trim grades - S, SE and SE L - with all three offering high levels of standard specification.
The petrol engines offered on KAMIQ includes two 1.0 TSI units with 95PS and 115PS and a 1.5 TSI engine with 150PS. The diesel option is a 1.6 TDI unit that generates 115PS. All engines, with the exception of the 1.0 TSI 95PS unit, are available with an optional seven-speed DSG transmission.
The entry-level ‘S’ trim is fitted with 16-inch Castor alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather steering wheel, Swing infotainment system with 6.5-inch touchscreen, DAB radio and much more.
In terms of safety equipment, the S model features driver and front-passenger airbags, side airbags in front with curtain airbags, lane assist, front assist, lane assist, ISOFIX preparation for back seats and emergency call with proactive services.
Basic LED headlights with LED daytime running lights
Rear LED lights (low functionality)
Headlight range control
Black roof rails
Door mirrors and door handles in body colour
Front and rear electric windows
Chrome moulding around grille
Heated rear window
SAFETY & SECURITY
Driver airbag & front passenger airbag
Side airbags in front with curtain airbags
Deactivation of front passenger airbag
ISOFIX-preparation for outer rear back seats
ISOFIX for front passenger seat
Top tether for front passenger seat
Rear disc brakes
3rd back headrest
Seatbelt reminder for driver and co-driver
Seatbelt reminder for rear passenger
ŠKODA proactive services – 10 years
Tyre pressure monitoring
Tyre repair kit
ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATION
Swing radio with 6.5" touchscreen display
2x USB-C ports with 1 x adaptor cable
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Manual air conditioner with pollen filter
12V socket in centre console
Two tone horn
Hill hold control
Black/Grey cloth upholstery
3-Spoke Leather steering wheel & gear shift lever
Black & white trip computer
Grained black decorative inserts and hot stamping in glossy black
Chrome inner door handles
Manual parking brake
Height adjustable driver’s seat - manual
16" Castor alloy wheels
Wheel bolts with anti-theft protection
The mid-range SE model adds 17-inch Braga alloys, body-coloured bumpers, a centre armrest, cruise control, rear parking sensors, Bolero infotainment system with eight-inch touchscreen, automatic dimming rear-view mirror wireless Smartlink and an alarm with SAFE function for central locking.
In addition to S Trim
17" Braga alloy wheels
Body coloured bumpers
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Rear parking sensors
Light and rain sensors
Automatic dimming rear view mirror
12V socket in boot
Removable LED light in boot
Remote central locking with SAFE system
Glove compartment illuminated
Overhead glasses storage compartment (removed when Panoramic sunroof is selected)
Black/silver cloth upholstery
3-Spoke Leather multi-function steering wheel
Manual lumbar support for front seats
Front centre armrest
Sun visors with illumination on front passenger side
Umbrella in driver's door
Drawers under front seats
* Wireless Smartlink for android auto coming at a later date
The range-topping SE L delivers one of the most comprehensive specification lists in the segment.
It includes the new Amundsen infotainment system with 9.2-inch glass touchscreen, virtual cockpit, gesture control, dual zone climate control, keyless entry with start/stop and much more.
The exterior design features 18-inch Crator alloy wheels, full LED rear lights with dynamic indicators, privacy glass on the rear windows and chrome roof rails. Inside, the seats are finished with black and silver Microsuede upholstery
In addition to SE Trim
Rear LED lights (high functionality) with dynamic indicators
Chrome window frame surrounds
Chrome roof rails
SAFETY & SECURITY
Bind spot detection
18" Crater alloy wheels
Black/silver microsuede upholstery
Silver haptic decorative inserts and hot stamping in glossy black
Textile floor mats
Height adjustable driver & front passenger seats - manual
ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATION
Amundsen satellite navigation with 9.2" touchscreen display and voice control
Care Connect 1 year and infotainment online 1 year
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Electrically adjustable, folding and heated door mirrors
Keyless engine start/stop
Dual zone climate control
Glove compartment illuminated and cooled
“If you’re in the market for an extremely sensible, almost painfully worthy set of small family wheels at a reasonable price, then read on”
“It’s arguably one of the most practical and spacious cars in the segment, and it’s backed up by willing driving characteristics too”
“The KAMIQ looks like it could really shake up the small SUV class”
“There’s a very real chance this KAMIQ will shoot straight to the top of the class”
“The KAMIQ is a sharp evolution of the current ŠKODA design language”
Verdict: Why do people choose Skoda? Because it’s a quality product with intelligent features and gimmick-free design. Because of thoughtful ‘Simply Clever’ features like the LED torch in the boot. Because it’s rugged and practical without being dull. All these qualities look set to make the Kamiq another top-seller for the brand. And with a range that also includes Karoq and Kodiaq, if you’re looking for a Skoda SUV, you’re now even more spoiled for choice.
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