New Skoda Kamiq SUV: prices, specifications and details

Skoda has expanded its SUV lineup with the compact Kamiq – ready to take on rivals from Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen

James Wilson
Sep 13, 2019

Skoda has added another (albeit small) SUV to its range with the Kamiq. Prices are yet to be confirmed but are expected to start under £20,000 once order books open in late September 2019.

Skoda’s Kamiq will sit below the larger Karoq and larger still Kodiaq, rivalling cars such as the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke. It also has a number of in-house rivals in the forms of the Volkswagen T-Cross and Seat Arona, which share engines and other tech.

Talking of in-house, the Kamiq is designed on the same platform which underpins a huge number of cars within the Volkswagen Audi Group, ranging from the Audi A1 to the Skoda Superb. What this means is the very foundations of the Kamiq are tried, tested and found to be very compelling for car buyers already. So there should be few unexpected surprises.

Kamiq is supposed to come from an Inuit language and refers to something that fits perfectly in every situation. While that is mostly marketing mumbo-jumbo, the name does reflect what Skoda is pitching the Kamiq as – a very practical car which is suited to a wide range of motorists. Skoda does have a reputation for building cars which come packed with ingenious practical touches, so the name seems to fit.

Read on to find out more about the new Skoda Kamiq, including specs, engine performance, tech and more.

 

2019 Skoda Kamiq model range and prices

Skoda is yet to announce official trim levels and prices but as the Kamiq is a similar car to the Volkswagen T-Cross, prices are expected to be in the same ballpark, if not slightly lower. With that in mind, the T-Cross starts at £20,000 so anything in the range of £18,000 to £20,000 would be safe bet once Kamiq order books open in late September 2019.

As for trim levels, Skoda traditionally uses S, SE, SE Technology and SE L to denote the range of specifications available, so you can expect the Kamiq to tread a similar path.

While there has been no confirmation of which pieces of equipment come as standard at each trim level, Skoda has revealed a range of equipment that will be available. For those who love practicality, Skoda offers something it calls, ‘Simply Clever features’.

These include the likes of automatic door-edge protectors which pop out when you open the doors (useful in car parks), electric boot opening, an electronically retractable tow bar and even a built-in funnel for the windscreen washer tank so spills are minimised.

It doesn’t end there either, there is an ice scraper stored behind the fuel filler cap, an umbrella compartment (similar to that of a Rolls-Royce) and with some trim levels, an LED torch for emergencies.

On top of these, Skoda has confirmed that buyers will be able to specify a number of other pieces of equipment, including a panoramic glass roof, folding front passenger seat (very useful for moving long bits of cargo) and centre armrest. There is also an optional Sport Chassis Control, which lowers the chassis by 10mm and brings Normal and Sport driving modes that drivers can select to provide a different feel from behind the wheel.

2019 Skoda Kamiq engine range

The 2019 Skoda Kamiq engine range consists of five engines: three petrols, one diesel and one natural gas engine - yes, you read that right. Read on for more details. All models are front-wheel drive and compliant with the latest Euro 6d-temp emission standards.

2019 Skoda Kamiq petrol engines

Starting with petrol options, the range kicks off with a manual only 1.0-litre turbocharged 'TSI' three-cylinder engine which produces 95hp and 175Nm of torque. Claimed economy and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions sit at 44.8mpg to 55.4mpg and 116g/km to 143g/km respectively.

Manufacturers commonly quote ranges for economy and emissions due to the impact different equipment can have on the performance of an engine. One of the major influencers is wheel size, of which the Kamiq is offered with wheels ranging from 16 to 18 inches. With such a broad range of figures, expect your wheel choice to have a notable impact on fuel economy, with larger, heavier wheels likely to increase how much fuel you get through.

Top speed for the entry-level 1.0-litre TSI unit is claimed to be 112mph and 0-62mph is reported to take 11.1 seconds. The only gearbox available is a five-speed manual.

Next up is a more powerful 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI unit which comes with power and torque figures of 115hp and 200Nm respectively. Performance comes at a slight cost to economy and emissions though. Starting with those models fitted with a manual gearbox, Skoda claims between 42.8mpg and 53.3mpg, with 120g/km to 150g/km emissions.

An automatic gearbox means figures suffer further still, with economy claimed to be between 41.5mpg and 51.4mpg, and emissions between 125g/km and 154g/km, depending on what equipment is specified.

When fitted with a DSG automatic gearbox the top speed comes in at 120mph and 0-62mph takes 10.0 seconds, while with a manual gearbox top speed sits at 121mph and 0-62mph takes 9.9 seconds. On the subject of gearboxes, the manual is a six-speed unit, while the automatic is seven-speed.

Sitting at the top of the petrol engine tree is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit which comes with cylinder deactivation technology – bringing the ability to shut down two cylinders when demand on the engine is low, increasing fuel economy when driving gently. Power output for the 1.5-litre engine is stated to be 150hp and torque is claimed to be 250Nm.

Due to the newness of the 1.5-litre engine, Skoda is yet to issue economy, emissions and performance figures. What Skoda has confirmed is that the 1.5-litre unit will be available with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearboxes.

2019 Skoda Kamiq diesel engine

Moving on to the diesel option, Skoda is offering a 1.6-litre four-cylinder 'TDI' unit. Buyers again have the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox. Power output is the same as the midrange petrol with 115hp, but torque - that's low-engine-speed muscle - matches that of the larger 1.5-litre petrol at 250Nm.

Economy and emissions, like above, change depending on gearbox. Those with a manual gearbox are claimed to be capable of returning 51.4mpg to 58.9mpg, while autos are supposed to be able to achieve 48.7mpg to 56.5mpg. Emissions of CO2 are 126g/km to 144g/km for manuals and 132g/km to 153g/km for automatics.

As for performance, the 1.6-litre diesel will power a Kamiq to 120mph flat out (with a manual ‘box) and 119mph flat out (with an auto) – 0-62mph times sit at 10.2 and 10.4 seconds respectively.

2019 Skoda Kamiq natural gas engine

That leaves the 1.0-litre 'G-Tec' engine. This oddity uses a six-speed manual gearbox and boasts 89hp and 160Nm of torque, but emissions, economy and acceleration figures are yet to be confirmed. The system uses compressed natural gas as a fuel rather than petrol or diesel, although the engine will also run on petrol (there is a backup fuel tank to store the petrol).

While natural gas still produces emissions, when burned Skoda claims it produces less CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions compared to petrol or diesel. Meanwhile, the gas used can be harvested from wastewater or agricultural sources and if renewable energy is used to process the gas ready for sale, the total impact on the environment should be reduced further.

Whether a natural gas powered car is right for you will depend on whether there are suitable filling stations near where you travel regularly, as they aren’t nearly as common as a petrol pump or plug socket.

2019 Skoda Kamiq technology

Skoda is keen to pack the Kamiq with the latest bells and whistles in keeping with current market trends. On the outside, this means there is the option of full LED lights with dynamic indicators (i.e. the kind which appear to swipe in the direction you are turning) front and rear.

On top of this, the keyless entry system used by the Kamiq turns itself off after 15 minutes of no movement in a bid to help protect Kamiq owners from the increased threat of keyless car theft.

The Skoda Kamiq is set to come with a wide range of safety technology, including up to nine airbags, lane assist, automatic emergency braking and eCall – the latter calling the emergency services in the event of an accident.

When it comes to interior displays, buyers will have the option of a 10.3-inch virtual cockpit which replaces traditional dials in front of the driver with a digital screen and a central media system which, depending on model, ranges from 6.5 to 9.2 inches in size.

Complimenting the in-car media system is ‘Laura’, Skoda’s digital assistant – aka Alexa’s long lost cousin. A built-in 4G sim card is used to serve Laura and other features of the Kamiq’s media and sat-nav system which require a data connection. Normally data services are free for the first few years of car ownership, with membership payments required thereafter.

Skoda has also included Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility into the Kamiq, as well as up to two USB-C ports and wireless charging for compatible smartphones. Little niceties such as a heated windscreen, heated steering wheel and ambient lighting are available, also.

2019 Skoda Kamiq exterior

Exterior styling on the Kamiq follows the same design language as the rest of the Skoda SUV range. Upfront there are two-tier split headlights with Skoda’s familiar-looking grille in between each set, while at the rear, the taillights have more than a slight whiff of its larger stablemates.

There is no traditional Skoda badge at the back, as it has been replaced by chrome lettering spelling the Czech car maker’s name. Apart from that, the Kamiq features a familiar cocktail of sharp creases and angular lines as seen on the rest of the Skoda model range.

2019 Skoda Kamiq dimensions and boot capacity

As the Skoda Kamiq is an SUV, it comes with a slightly raised ride height compared to the regular hatchbacks it shares a platform with – 39mm more than the Skoda Scala to be precise, which is roughly half the size of your average wooden cocktail stick.

In terms of length, width and height, the Skoda Kamiq measures in at 4,241mm long, 1,793mm wide and 1,553mm tall. This translates to a luggage capacity of 400 litres with the seats up and 1,395 litres with the rear seats down (the rear seats split 60:40). That makes the boot slightly bigger than a Golf with the rear seats in place and about 10% bigger with the rear seats dropped.

As practical bonuses (very much in typical Skoda fashion) there is an extra 26 litres of storage space within the cabin (through the use of cubby holes), plus buyers have the option of specifying a folding front passenger seat which means drivers will be able to carry objects up to 2,447mm in length.

2019 Skoda Kamiq review

We are expecting to get behind the wheel of the Skoda Kamiq in the near future, and when we do we will be paying keen attention to how it measures up to its in-house rivals from Volkswagen as well as the wider competition. Be sure to keep checking the BuyaCar buyers’ guides to find out how it fares.

 

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