Skoda’s small Kamiq SUV – one of the best value newcomers to arrive this year.
A newcomer from Czech brand Skoda, the small Kamiq SUV joining the maker’s larger Karoq and Kodiaq SUV’s and following Skoda’s tradition of naming their SUV’s after the indigenous people of Alaska – Kamiq meaning ‘something that fits perfectly’. I drove the entry 85TSI model with 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, a seven-speed dual clutch automatic at $29,990 drive-away. First impression without overstating it and given what it offers – one of the best new arrivals this year. In a highly competitive small SUV segment it offers so much room and equipment – 18-inch alloy wheels, a power tailgate, adaptive cruise control, rear parking camera with sensors, autonomous emergency brake, fatigue detection, lane keep assist, comprehensive to say the least.
Step inside, A nice design with very comfortable cloth trim, excellent rear seat legroom, rear air vents, Isofix child seat anchors in the two outer seats, a great 8.0-inch colour touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the equipment in the Skoda Kamiq lacks for little. In short, the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engine a gem, I’ve raved about these before, so tractable with great pulling power, 200Nm of torque, the performance competent and relaxed especially with seven speeds. Economy, I managed 6.0l/100. Five-star ANCAP safety with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and one-year roadside assistance.
I’m David Berthon.
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