The Kamiq is Skoda’s entry into one of Europe’s hottest segments, and the first signs are more than positive.
The new Kamiq is positioned underneath the Karoq in the brand’s SUV range but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s not roomy enough for a family; on the contrary, Skoda’s decision to give it a longer wheelbase than its bigger brother created one of the roomiest -if not the roomiest- models in this class.
Moreover, while its styling probably won’t win any “design of the year” awards, it does look more interesting and playful than other Skodas. Sure, the headlight configuration with the LED strip of DRLs sitting on top is something we’ve already seen from others, like Hyundai and Citroen, but even so it makes the Kamiq look modern.
The interior is another highlight of the small Skoda SUV. Whereas its cousin, the VW T-Cross, gets lots of hard plastics, the Kamiq comes with a much more pleasing dashboard and the door panels made out of a more plush, soft-touch materials, which is certainly a surprise.
Customers can choose between three petrol, one diesel and one CNG engines. The range kicks off with the 1,0-liter TSI, which is offered in 95 and 115PS guise. The range-topping choice is the 1.5-liter TSI with 150PS, offered with either a manual or a DSG transmission. The 115PS 1.6-liter TDI is the sole diesel, while the 90PS, 1.0-liter G-TEC runs on compressed natural gas. In any case, power is directed to the front wheels and there’s no AWD option whatsoever.
What Car delivers its first driving impressions on the new Skoda Kamiq, and judging from their findings, the competition has a stiff new rival to contend with.