New Kamiq a perfect fit
Skoda expands its SUV offering with new city-sized Kamiq.
Czech brand Skoda obviously thinks there’s something special about “K”, launching its third SUV with a name beginning with the 11th letter of the alphabet and maintaining its tradition of using exotic languages in its nomenclature.
The compact Kamiq slots into Skoda’s model range beneath the mid-sized Karoq and seven-seat Kodiaq, entirely appropriate given its name apparently means “something that fits perfectly”, according to the language of the Inuit people of northern Canada and Greenland.
Intended as a rival for the likes of the Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR, the city-sized Kamiq comes in a choice of three model grades, all with turbo-charged petrol engines and with pricing ranging from $27,990 to $36,990.
The entry-level 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder 85TSI Kamiq comes with the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmission, while the sporty 110TSI Monte Carlo and top-spec 110TSI Limited Edition both boast a 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder and seven-speed DSGs exclusively.
All models feature a high-definition digital cockpit instrument display, plus a host of standard safety, convenience and infotainment features, including wireless phone charging, adaptive cruise control and auto tailgate.
As the badging suggests, the turbo petrol three-pot 85TSI boasts outputs of 85kW/200Nm, while the four-cylinder-powered 110TSI models up the ante with a more robust 110kW/250Nm.
Fuel efficiency is claimed to be a strong suit of both engines, with the 85TSI manual and DSG variants using 5.0 and 5.1L/100km respectively, and the more powerful 110TSI models sipping a still frugal 5.6L/100km.
Standard safety equipment includes seven airbags, front assist with city emergency brake (with pedestrian and cyclist protection), lane assist, fatigue detection, multi-collision brake, front and rear seatbelt reminders, and rear braking assist.
All models feature 18-inch alloy wheels and brushed aluminium roof rails as standard, while the sporty Monte Carlo variant can be distinguished by its contrasting blacked-out exterior trim, unique badging above the front wheel arch, and black “SKODA” lettering on the tailgate.
A range of optional packages are available to enhance the standard specification of the individual models including a $4100 Driver Support Pack for the 85TSI.
Over and above its standard features the pack includes leather/Suedia appointed seats, auto parking assist, blind-spot detection, heated front and rear seats, electric driver's seat, and rear-traffic alert.
For an extra $3800 the 85TSI can be enhanced with Skoda’s Tech Pack, which adds 9.2-inch satellite navigation, adaptive LED headlights, an upgraded sound system, wireless Apple Carplay, and voice control.
Finally, there’s the $4300 Travel Pack which can be added to the 110TSI Monte Carlo.
It brings automatic parking assist, blind-spot detection, upgraded sound system, heated front and rear seats, 9.2-inch satellite navigation, DSG paddles on the multi-function steering wheel and wireless Apple Carplay.
Skoda’s standard five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty applies along with capped price servicing, and the option to purchase three or five-year bundled service packs for $800 and $1400 respectively.
Skoda Kamiq pricing:
|110TSI Monte Carlo DSG||$34,190||$36,990|
|110TSI Limited Edition DSG||$35,490||$36,990|