The smallest Škoda SUV pleasantly surprised us, above all with its spaciousness and comfort, quality engine and serious appearance, which is enough of a trump card to attract a group of customers who do not need a “make-up” urban crossover.
When Škoda appeared on the Chinese market a little less than three years ago with a model called Kamiq, it became clear that the “team” of SUVs from the Czech factory would be completed in Europe as well.
Skoda has decided that in its family of cars with increased ground clearance, all models have names that start with the letter K, just as they decided on the letter T in the parent company, Volkswagen.
These are some of the similarities that Škoda’s models automatically carry from the Volkswagen Group decades ago, but it seems that a small deviation was made with the “kamika” – it can’t be said that they were “copied”, just as Seat’s “arona” is not. “Twin” from the group.
They are just part of a large group of rivals that Kamiq has encountered, with the idea of fighting for its market share with the trump cards at its disposal. A first look at the Kamiq indicates that it is different from other “Skoda”.
It got light groups which, with their position on the front and in combination with the now recognizable mask with the “recessed” logo in the middle, resemble the other two Škoda models on the “K”, but the difference is obvious given that the “kamika” LED groups located above standard headlights.
They hide “running” direction indicators, which is the first time that Škoda’s models have something like this, so Kamiq can already be said to be more attractive than other models in the range.
When it comes to lights, we should also praise the “tail” solution, considering that the effective “boomerang” groups, divided between the C-pillar and the fifth door, can easily fit a much more serious car when it comes to dimensions.
And the Kamiq is, by the way, the smallest of three Škoda SUVs. Its simple lines can’t hide that, but they have very skillfully concealed the real surprise that you discover the first time you find yourself in the cabin.
“Kamik” is, in fact, only about 4.25 meters long and about 1.80 meters wide. Knowing the dimensions of each one states that he does not expect anything special from the cabin, but by being placed in the driver’s position it quickly becomes clear that the engineers did a great job for the passengers “in the first row”.
That is why there is a quick transition to the rear bench, where a new surprise can be seen – the door, which opens generously wide, enables easy entry and placement on the rear bench, where it is possible for three people of average height and weight to be transported quite comfortably.
The bench is divisible and allows access and combination with luggage space, which, again, in its segment leads to the question of where the designers just found so much space, without compromising in the mentioned units? The trunk, in fact, has a full 400 liters of basic volume, which is rarely offered by any rival in the segment.
The space is very practical, including plastic hooks on the side edges to make it easier to transport a smaller load or “grocery” from the store and an adjustable double floor.
The cabin is also practical, when it comes to space for small things, over the door with very successfully designed elements (which very easily distract from the details that are still made of cheaper, hard plastic), as well as space for 1.5 liter bottles , via the center console and the mobile phone holder and the “key” storage for starting the engine at the push of a button, to the drawer in front of the front passenger and between the two seats, called the “jumbo box”…
Of course, USB ports are also indispensable, which are easily accessible in the front, but (in the “style” package) also for passengers in the back seat. The Kamiq is comfortable to drive as well. A multi-day test showed that he is doing great in urban areas, which should be his basic “living space”, and a positive assessment is coming when it comes to driving on the open road.
The Škoda didn’t scatter with expensive suspension systems, and the built-in one is enough to swallow holes and unevenness without any problems, so only a slightly smaller dose of comfort appears in faster passing through curves, when “kamik” reminds the driver that it is a vehicle with increased ground clearance. , without sporting pretensions.
Problems do not appear even when it comes to the engine, which also pleasantly surprised us. It is a well-known 1.5-liter TSI engine with more than enough 150 horsepower, which proved to be a great pair with a seven-speed DSG transmission.
Perhaps under the complete positive impression around the car, it seemed that the well-known parts of the drive mechanism cooperate much better in the “kamika” than in some other vehicles of the Volkswagen group.
There is also the possibility that the rather “fresh” Škoda model fit well into the upgrade of the gearbox, which has undergone minor changes in gear ratios, in order to respond to the new requirements related to CO2 emissions.
Either way, everything seemed pretty fluid, the car showed a start, and was determined even when it was necessary to press the accelerator pedal hard during certain maneuvers – TSI reacted with minimal “delay”, showing that the driver can rely on it at all times. An additional benefit is the optimization of work by deactivating the two cylinders, when the engine is unloaded at cruising speeds, and lower figures are obtained when it comes to consumption.
It is difficult to estimate how many sold “kamika” units Škoda can count on at the moment, but the fact is that they managed to make another quality car that has a lot to offer on the growing battlefield called “urban crossovers”.
Of course, it is clear that the card of avant-garde attractiveness and attempts to enter the group of “beauties” created by the influence of Nissan’s “juk” has not been played, but the whole story about “kamika” is quite calculated: when it comes to Europe, it will suit many who need a functional and high-quality family car, and do not have the opportunity to purchase something from a higher segment, such as also Škoda’s “karoka”.
“Kamik” will not disappoint them, just as there will be no possible problems with it after a certain time, when rivals designed for this time will be completely “outdated” in their appearance in a few years.
Kamiq with its “boxy” form looks timeless, but also serious enough to meet the needs of equally serious customers for a longer period of time.
The Kamik’s basic equipment package abounds in serious driver assistance systems, such as lane departure assistance, city braking assistance, pedestrian protection and the like.
All systems are very efficient, and in the test we were convinced of the operation of the lane departure warning system which, in case, for example, if you do not mark the lane change with a direction indicator, very decisively turns the steering wheel towards the lane where you are. represents a good system of assistance in case of driver fatigue.
Not all versions of the Karoq have the same multimedia systems, and we were lucky that in the tested model, in the “style” equipment package, for information, system management and entertainment, “Bolero” was in charge with an 8-inch screen with great resolution and exceptional design.
The decision of Škoda to keep certain commands at the “analog” level is commendable, considering that it is sometimes difficult to control, say, an air conditioner while the vehicle is in motion.
Skoda Kamiq 1.5 TSI Style
Engine: 4 cylinders, displacement 1,498 ccm, power 110 kW (150 hp) at 5,000-6,000 rpm, max. torque 250 Nm at 1,500-3,500 rpm, 7-speed automatic transmission
Dimensions: L / W / H 4.241 / 1.793 / 1.553 mm, wheelbase 2,651 mm, trunk 400 / 1,395 l, tank 50 l, weight 1,277 kg, tires 205/55 R17
Performance: Max. speed 212 km / h, 0-100 km / h 8.4 sec, consumption 6.4 / 5.1 / 4.3 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions 115 g / km
Source: Auto magazin by www.magazinauto.com.
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