HAVING alone the characterful Yeti nameplate, you may accept noticed that Skoda has now acclimatized on a action of giving its SUV models badges that alpha with a K and end with a Q, writes William Scholes.
Deciding what to alarm a new agent is a bit of a minefield for car-makers. A mix of belletrist and numbers can accompany its own centralized argumentation to a manufacturer’s agency – Audi epitomise this – but can complete a bit emotionless.
If you don’t appetite your new archetypal to allotment its name with a burrow of cardboard or complete like it adeptness be a computer dent or the latest Samsung smartphone, again you charge to appear up with a able word.
This is abounding with difficulty. Cars are awash in abounding markets to barter who allege lots of languages.
You may bethink that the Vauxhall Corsa was originally alleged the Nova. This would never accept formed on that car’s Opel-badged accompanying in Spain, area ‘no va’ agency ‘it doesn’t go’.
Then there can be bookish acreage issues. The Porsche 911 was meant to be the 901, until Peugeot kicked up a fuss.
Anyway, there’s no crisis of Skoda accepting into bother with its leash of SUVs. These accustomed in bottomward adjustment of size, starting with the colossal Kodiaq, followed by the family-size Karoq and, best recently, the abate Kamiq.
These aren’t aloof accidental belletrist sandwiched amid a K and Q, however.
“The name Kamiq comes from the accent of the Inuit bodies active in arctic Canada and Greenland and agency ‘something that fits altogether in every situation’, like a additional skin,” explained Alain Favey, Skoda’s sales and business boss, at the car’s launch.
As we’ve abundant abounding times on these pages, SUV-style cars accept rapidly boomed in popularity, to the admeasurement that the bodystyle accounts for 40-plus per cent of all new cars registered in Europe.
An animated active position – one of the highlights of a car like this – gives a faculty of amplitude and safety, as able-bodied as authoritative the Kamiq easier to get in and out of. There’s actuality to aback up the Skoda’s consequence of space, too
The Volkswagen Group advertise added of these things that aloof about anyone else. Skoda’s small, medium, ample adjustment of Kamiq, Karoq and Kodiaq mirrors Seat’s Arona, Ateca and Tarraco and VW’s own T-Cross, T-Roc and Tiguan.
That agency the Kamiq has abundant in accepted with the Arona and T-Cross, admitting with added than abundant Skoda-ness to accumulate those who buy into the brand’s alive and discreet ‘simply clever’ access happy.
Something like a Renault Captur, Ford Puma or Peugeot 2008 adeptness accept added beheld adeptness and assume about added interesting, but plying a solid, aboveboard aisle has not done Skoda any harm.
All of the SUV tropes that buyers appeal these canicule are present and actual on the Kamiq. That agency animated arena approval compared to a approved auto like Skoda’s own Scala and the adumbration of ruggedness to its styling.
An animated active position – one of the highlights of a car like this – gives a faculty of amplitude and safety, as able-bodied as authoritative the Skoda easier to get in and out of.
There’s actuality to aback up the consequence of space, too. It’s absolutely ample in here, for a car with the Kamiq’s about diminutive brand – it measures 4,241mm long, 1,793mm advanced and 1,553mm tall, up to its roof rails.
Skoda claims class-leading rear headroom, bend allowance and kneeroom. The boot’s seats-up aggregate of 400 litres betters some hatchbacks from the abutting admeasurement articulation up. Bend the 60/40 breach aback bench and that aggregate swells to a advantageous 1,395 litres.
The advanced commuter bench can be ordered with the adeptness to bend flat, which allows the Kamiq to backpack altar barometer aloof over 2.4 metres long.
A agglomeration of accumulator options in the berth added emphasise the Kamiq’s acumen and versatility.
You can adjustment the Kamiq with a agent agent – a 1.6-litre assemblage with 113bhp – but one of the petrol options bigger apparel the car.
There’s a 1.0-litre three-cylinder with either 94bhp or 113bhp, which is a actual affable engine.
Better yet, though, is the VW group’s superb 1.5-litre engine, offered actuality with 148bhp.
The 94bhp car has a five-speed chiral gearbox, while the added able models accept a best of six-speed chiral or seven-speed double-clutch automated transmissions.
As is accepted with about all of its competitors, the Kamiq – admitting the allusions of rufty-tufty off-road adeptness – is advisedly front-wheel-drive and road-biased.
There’s an easy-to-understand ambit of trim levels, aggressive from S through SE and SEL to Monte Carlo.
The S comes with 16-inch admixture wheels, LED headlamps and appendage lights, air conditioning, DAB radio and a 6-5-inch touchscreen. SE trim assets 17-inch alloys, body-coloured bumpers, an upgraded infotainment arrangement with an 8-inch touchscreen, rear parking sensors, cruise control, automated lights and wipers and wireless Apple CarPlay.
The SEL gets bigger 18-inch admixture wheels, sat-nav and a 9.2-inch touchscreen, keyless agent start/stop, dark atom apprehension and costly ‘microsuede’ upholstery.
The Monte Carlo is the best visually arresting Kamiq, with adventurous trim such as appearance atramentous account and badging, a across-the-board bottle roof and beefy 18-inch wheels.
Prices alpha at £18,295 for an S, with the SE archetypal priced from £19,730, the SEL from £21,780 and the Monte Carlo from £23,905.
As is generally the way, the mid-range SE and SEL represent the candied atom for amount for money and equipment.
The Kamiq is addition finely-judged Skoda, absolutely constructed, evidently able and carefully practical.
It adeptness not be the best agitative baby SUV on offer, but it’s conceivably the best rational – a baby SUV for the cerebration man and woman.