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Skoda’s SUV duo — Ko­diaq and Karoq — has be­come a trio, with the ad­di­tion of the Kamiq to the range.

Just an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist for 2020 New Zealand Car of Year hon­ours, the Kamiq is built on the same VW Group plat­form as two other mod­els tested in re­cent months — the Volk­swa­gen T­Cross sport util­ity and the Skoda Scala hatch­back. The choice of un­der­ly­ing plat­form dic­tates that, like the T­Cross, the Kamiq is only avail­able as a fron­twheel drive ve­hi­cle.

Although lower, nar­rower and ap­pre­cia­bly shorter in over­all length than the Kamiq, de­scrib­ing the new ar­rival as the small­est mem­ber of the Skoda SUV lineup isn’t quite ac­cu­rate as in terms of wheel­base, the Kamiq is slightly longer than the Karoq.

There’s also con­sid­er­able pow­er­train and price over­lap be­tween the Karoq and Kamiq, but that’s an in­creas­ingly

Over­all: ★★★★

De­sign and styling: ★★★

In­te­rior: ★★★★★

Per­for­mance: ★★★+

Ride/han­dling: ★★★★

Safety: ★★★★★

En­vi­ron­men­tal: ★★★★+


Price: $42,990

En­gine: 1498cc turbo­petrol four­cylin­der, max power 110kW, max torque 250Nm

Trans­mis­sion: Seven­speed DSG,

front­wheel drive

Brakes & sta­bil­ity sys­tems: Front and rear disc brakes, ABS, ASC, DSC, BA, CBC, DTC

com­mon phe­nom­e­non for car­mak­ers as they add new cross­over and con­ven­tional SUV mod­els to meet blos­som­ing global de­mand.

The Kamiq range is made up of the $30,990 85kW Am­bi­tion TSI, the $36,990 110KW Am­bi­tion Plus and the flag­ship $42,990 110kW Monte Carlo.

Safety: Five­star Euro NCAP

Wheels & tyres: Al­loy wheels,

215/45 R18 tyres

Fuel and econ­omy: Premium un­leaded,

5.8 litres per 100km, ca­pac­ity 50 litres

Emis­sions: 135g CO2/km on com­bined


Di­men­sions: Length 4241mm,

width 1988mm, height 1553mm

emer­gency brak­ing, a driver fa­tigue alert sys­tem, all­round park­ing sen­sors and a re­vers­ing cam­era.

Key­less en­try, stan­dard cruise con­trol, auto lights and wipers, power heated mir­rors, an eight­speaker sound sys­tem, man­ual air­con­di­tion­ing, and 6.5­inch cen­tral touch­screen with smart­phone mir­ror­ing are also pro­vided.

Mov­ing up to the Am­bi­tion Plus nets a 110kW/250Nm 1.5 litre four­cylin­der turbo en­gine. There are 17­inch al­loys, full key­less en­try, dual­zone cli­mate con­trol, fancier in­te­rior light­ing, and an eight­inch cen­tral touch screen.

The Monte Carlo jus­ti­fies its $6000 price premium over the Am­bi­tion Plus with a fair haul of ex­tra kit. It sits on 18­inch al­loys and slightly lower

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