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Skoda finally joins compact SUV wars as roomy £17k Kamiq goes on sale

By Paul Connolly

Skoda’s Kamiq compact SUV has gone on sale, boasting class-rivalling space and a price tag from £17.7k.

The Czech manufacturer is late to the small SUV sector, which is highly competitive but also lucrative.

But now that Skoda has finally dropped a model into this class, competition will heat up yet again – which can only be good news for consumers.

The Kamiq is the second all-new model from Skoda this year after the Scala hatchback. It sits below the mid-sized Karoq and seven-seat Kodiaq SUV models.

The design language mirrors its larger SUV siblings and also the Scala. The dashboard adopts the updated Scala look as well, plus there are some higher-quality materials around the cabin.

One of the most noticeable things about the Kamiq is size and interior space. It’s 4.24 metres long, meaning it’s one of the longest cars in its class.

Interior occupant room is very good, possibly best in class, and the boot, whilst not class-leading, is still large at 400-litres (extending to an excellent 1,395-litre load space when the rear seats are folded). The front passenger seat folds, too, allowing very long items to be carried.

Other nice touches include split LED headlights with daytime running lights and an interior designed around the latest generation infotainment systems.

Four engine options are offered at launch: three petrol and one diesel. The petrol engine line-up features two 1.0 TSI units with outputs of 95PS and 115PS, and a 1.5 TSI motor that generates 150PS.

Both the 115PS and 150PS units can be specced with a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The single diesel engine is a 1.6 TDI unit that develops 115PS. It can also be specced with a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

Four trim levels are offered in familiar Skoda fashion:  S, SE, SE L and Monte Carlo, although the latter isn’t due to go on sale until later in the year.

The entry-level Kamiq S comes with 16-inch alloys, LED headlights and taillights, air con, Swing infotainment system with DAB, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display and Skoda e-Call.

Trade up to SE trim (from £19,135) and you’ll get 17-inch alloys, body-coloured bumpers, a Bolero infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen display and Wireless Smartlink for Apple CarPlay. Rear parking sensors, cruise control and light and rain sensors are also chucked in.

SE L models (£21,180) get 18-inch alloys, posher Amundsen infotainment system with sat nav and 9.2-inch touchscreen display, keyless engine start/stop and Blind Spot detection, amongst other goodies.

The sporty Monte Carlo variant adds gloss black detailing and badging along with a panoramic roof, special 18-inch Vega anthracite alloy wheels, and a red LED ambient lighting system. Its price has yet to be unveiled.

The Kamiq received a maximum five stars in its test by the independent European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), scoring particularly well for protecting adult occupants and cyclists.

These scores will have been helped by the inclusion as standard on all models of Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian and Cyclist Protection and City Emergency Brake function.

Orders for the new Kamiq are open now, with first deliveries arriving in around four weeks.

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