Much anticipated Czech entry to the baby SUV segment doesn’t disappoint

“Much anticipated Czech entry to the baby SUV segment doesn’t disappoint

Overview

SSkoda Ireland bring their newest product to market this week in the shape of the all-new Kamiq. The compact crossover sits below the larger Karoq and Kodiaq in the range and will take on the likes of the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke in the burgeoning ‘Baby SUV’ segment.

It stacks up well against its competitors in terms of interior space with an impressive boot capacity of 363 litres and generous head and legroom for both front and rear seat passengers. With dimensions similar to that of the much-loved and recently discontinued Yeti, it is one of the largest cars in its segment.

Starting at just €21,300, it is also one of the most competitively priced, with a generous level of standard equipment and various different trim upgrades available. Entry level Active models feature a 6.5 inch touchscreen infotainment system and an impressive range of safety features such as lane keep assist and autonomous emergency braking.

Most customers are expected to upgrade to the bestselling Ambition model which, for a €2,000 premium will add 16 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors and leather covered steering wheel. The top of the range Style model starts at €25,300 with additional styling upgrades including larger 17 inch wheels, full LED head and taillights, climate control and an upgraded 8 inch Bolero touchscreen infotainment system complete with a reversing camera

The engine line-up is similar to that offered by VW group stablemates in the SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross. A 1.0l turbo charged petrol kicks off the range with a choice of 95 or 115hp, the latter of which is available with a DSG automatic transmission. There’s a punchier petrol option in the 1.5l 150hp TSI, as well as a diesel variant in the well tested 1.6l TDI. The most popular seller is tipped to be the entry level 95hp 1.0l manual, paired with the mid-spec Ambition trim.

Speaking at the launch, Head of Marketing and Product for Skoda Ireland, Ray Leddy, commented: “The Kamiq is another excellent product from Skoda. We are very ambitious for this new model and expect the Kamiq to follow in the footsteps of the Karoq and Kodiaq. The Kamiq has already seen unprecedented sales success on the continent; as a result, demand is expected to outstrip supply in many markets including Ireland. We would advise customers to order early to avoid disappointment.”

Stay tuned for a full video review and test drive of the new Skoda Kamiq, coming soon to CarsIreland.ie

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