The Skoda Kamiq is the Czech brand’s access SUV, a model that has to fight a battle in the thriving segment of small SUVs. It has the usual weapons of the Skoda models, but are they enough to stand out? These are the five virtues and the two defects of the Czech SUV.
Within that it is in an entry segment, the Kamiq is one of the largest models among the B SUV: it measures 4,241 mm long, 1,793 mm wide, and 1,553 mm high; with a 2,651mm wheelbase that is even longer than some representatives of compact SUVs.
This makes its interior space in all seats, both front, and rear, for adult occupants who even reach a height of 1.85 meters. To this is added a 400-liter boot which, by folding down the rear seats, expands its capacity to 1,395 liters.
An alternative mechanics is always well received and in the case of the Skoda Kamiq, it is a gasoline engine that can also operate with compressed natural gas (CNG). This is the 1.0 G-Tec block with 90 hp and 160 Nm of torque, which approves a consumption of 5.6 m3/100 km and fairly low CO2 emissions, of only 101 g/km.
Scout, for the campers
Skoda has caught the point of its Scout versions, which enhance the country character of its models, so such a version makes perfect sense in the Kamiq. The lower reinforcements give it a much rougher image, although it is all a facade: it maintains 4×2 traction, something that is common in most models in the segment.
Montecarlo, distinguished and sporty
And for those who prefer a more distinguished approach, the Kamiq Montecarlo offers a much sportier image thanks to the different details finished in black and elements such as the 18-inch wheels. In addition, it must be added that the range of standard finishes is also very complete: Active, Ambition, Emotion, and Style.
The Simply Clever philosophy is one of Skoda’s main hallmarks and the Kamiq has a veritable string of details that, although they seem small, are an important plus in terms of practicality and usability for the vehicle.
Thus, there is no lack of an umbrella integrated into the driver’s door, the door protectors that unfold automatically when they are opened or a total of up to 26 liters distributed in storage compartments throughout the passenger compartment, with curiosities such as holes to place cards or even coins.
an affordable price
Skoda is the affordable brand of the VAG Group and the Kamiq remains true to this concept: it is available, including promotional discounts from the brand, from 17,135 euros. Yes, it is with the 95 hp engine, which may be a bit short for certain drivers, but which is a compliant block for many.
Defect: It is already playing an update
We met the Skoda Kamiq in 2019, so it is not that it can be called an old model, but it is heading its fourth year on the market, and, taking into account how competitive the segment is, it is time for an update.
Nor is it necessary for it to bring with it a plethora of novelties, but an update that would refresh its image, give the cabin a more modern touch and expand its equipment would be convenient.
Default: Not electrified
This partly stems from the previous point, partly from the fact that Skoda doesn’t have electrified hybrid versions; but the fact is that the SUV only has an alternative to get the DGT ECO label, and not everyone is for the work of getting a CNG-powered mechanic.