New model, aimed at 'urban families', joins Karoq and Kodiaq to complete Czech firm's SUV line-up

Skoda has completed its European SUV range with the reveal of the Kamiq crossover, which, the Czech firm claims, will offer class-leading space and features. 

The new Nissan Juke rival, on display at the Geneva show, sits underneath its Karoq and Kodiaq siblings. The Kamiq is based on the Vision X concept shown at last year's Geneva show and is the first Skoda to show the influence of new design chief Oliver Stefani.

While it takes styling cues from both the Karoq and Kodiaq to ensure a 'family' resemblance between Skoda's SUV offerings, the Kamiq has several distinctive features, including a more upright grille and optional narrow LED running lights. The latter feature animated ‘dynamic’ indicators and sit above the main headlights. As with the new Scala, the boot displays the Skoda name in letters, instead of the firm's logo.

The Kamiq will be offered in front-wheel drive only. Although aimed primarily at a family market in urban areas, it will deliver “sporty” handling, according to project manager Emil Nikolov. The Kamiq is available with optional Sport Chassis Control, which makes the car sit 10mm lower than standard and includes adjustable shock absorbers. 

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Three petrol engines and one diesel are likely to be offered in the UK initially. There are two 1.0 TSI petrol options, with 94bhp and 113bhp respectively; and a 1.5 TSI petrol with 148bhp. The diesel offering is a 1.6 TDI with 113bhp. In certain European markets, a CNG powertrain will be offered, although this version won't come to the UK.

There is a choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. 

The Kamiq is built on the Volkswagen Group MQB A0 platform used by the Seat Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross but has more interior space than both. 

The new compact SUV is 4241mm long with a wheelbase of 2651mm, both of which are 85mm longer than the Arona. That also makes the Kamiq 106mm longer than the Juke, with a 121mm-longer wheelbase. Skoda says extending the wheelbase has allowed it to maximise interior space, claiming more rear leg room than in the Octavia and Karoq. 

It has a boot capacity of 400 litres, identical to the Arona's and 46 litres bigger than the Juke's. The Kamiq's boot can be accessed using an electric tailgate and expands to 1395 litres with the rear seats folder. 

The interior features a similar layout to the recently launched Scala, including the option of a 9.2in free-standing infotainment touchscreen that sits above a hand-rest 'shelf' and an optional 10.25in virtual cockpit. The air vents have been pushed to the side of the dashboard in a bid to increase space and ambient lighting is offered in three colours. Options include heated front and rear seats. Skoda claims more than 20 of its 'Simply Clever' features are available, including a removable LED torch in the boot.

The Kamiq will be offered with a permanent internet connection and a number of connected features, such as remote vehicle access via an app. The car comes with Front Assist and Lane Assist as standard, with optional safety features that include Park Assist, Rear Traffic Alert and a rear-view camera. Three trim levels are expected to be available in the UK. 

The Kamiq is due to go on sale in the UK in the third quarter of 2019. Prices have not been set yet but are likely to start at around £16,000. 

The Kamiq is unrelated to the Chinese-market SUV of the same name. That machine is larger and built on an older platform, but Skoda has used the same name because they are the smallest SUVs it offers in each market. As with the Karoq and Kodiaq, the Kamiq name is based on a word from the Inuit language. It "embodied something in which you can feel comfortable in any situation and that has its own character," according to Skoda sales boss Alain Favey.

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26 February 2019

 This is nothing radical, maybe it’s the colour, inside is trad Skoda , nothing different like i said , another one joins the Herd.....

Peter Cavellini.

26 February 2019
As Mugatu once said about Blue Steel, 'Can nobody else see they are all the same?'.

This is excruciating. I certainly can't read it, and can't begin to imagine having to write it.

26 February 2019

So many of the VW Group's mainstream cars look so similar to each other, sharing the same styling themes, that you could just simply change the badges and front ends on many of them, call it an Audi, Seat, Skoda or a VW and many would be none the wiser. The new Kamiq is no exception. I'm surprised Skoda didn't choose the simpler option of just mildly restyling the Arona (like they did with the Karoq over the Ateca) and give it a longer wheelbase.

26 February 2019

another VAG SUV, its virtually impossible to tell them apart as it is, and they are all competing in the same market sector, plus the quality and price difference between the badges is no longer as significant as it was, so its probably more about which badge or dealership you prefer. 

26 February 2019
Looks better than the T-cross or Aroma, not difficult though. I don't think it's a bad looking thing. Inside is predictable.

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26 February 2019
Great another dull Volkswagen suv with Skoda badges.

26 February 2019

How can it be described as a Nissan juke rival when it is ultra uber conservative? Although the Juke has been described as ugly by some, at least it's got spades of character whereas this Skoda is so conservative I bet it will be a hit with the over seventies!

26 February 2019

The Juke is mentioned so often as the target for similar-sized 'cross-overs'. But no-one's had the b*lls to produce a balls-out (engineering term) extrovert shape. Maybe the Q2 comes closest? Yes the Juke is ugly but it's likely to carry on being a successful Tonka toy for a while yet...  

26 February 2019

... all the quirky charm of the Yeti seems to have been successfully ironed out.

26 February 2019

Strangely predictable...was it designed by a robot with a photocopier?! The 'in house' marketing gurus must believe that predictabilty means commercial success. They even seem scared to introduce a name that is different from the other Skoda 'SUV's. I suspect the uninitiated will be surprised when they discover there are 3 Skoda 'SUV's not just 1! 


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