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Skoda Kamiq looks sharp, but will it cut through in a crowded market?

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PROS

  • You can expect good value PCP finance
  • Skoda SUVs tend to be more comfortable than rivals
  • A wide range of engines and trim levels will be offered

CONS

  • Will it offer anything unique?
  • It's a crowded market, littered with talented rivals
  • Unlikely to offer an electric option in the short term

PROS

  • You can expect good value PCP finance
  • Skoda SUVs tend to be more comfortable than rivals
  • A wide range of engines and trim levels will be offered

CONS

  • Will it offer anything unique?
  • It's a crowded market, littered with talented rivals
  • Unlikely to offer an electric option in the short term

Verdict

Skoda Kamiq introduction

The new Skoda Kamiq completes a trio of SUVs offered by the rapidly-growing Czech company. It fits in at the bottom of the trio, with the Karoq and the Kodiaq above it. Although we don't know yet what lies under its skin, you can be sure that it will share lots of its oily bits with the SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross.

So far we've seen the concept version of the car, a couple of design sketches and the interior, but the Kamiq looks like a sharp evolution of the current Skoda design language – which hopefully will put clear blue water between this and its Volkswagen Group sister cars.

Skoda Kamiq design sketch

As for rivals, it has quite a few, but these are the ones that matter the most:

In terms of styling, the sketches tell us quite a bit – it's squared-off with some very interesting detailing, and unsurprisingly carries over a fair amount of design elements with the Kodiaq or Karoq. We like the split-level headlamps and large Skoda grille, which stamp a strong identity on what promises to be a me-too kind of car.

What's the Skoda Kamiq like inside?

It's very much a Skoda in terms of design and switchgear, but the 9.2-inch infotainment screen follows the fashionable form of being positioned high up, and floating free, with an iPad-on-the-dash look.

It also gets a fully digital instrument panel, which is rapidly becoming a common feature of cars in this market sector, and only recently introduced in other Skoda models.

What else do we know about the Skoda Kamiq?

Skoda Kamiq interior

It's based on Volkswagen Group's MQB architecture, shared with most medium-sized SEATs, Skodas, Audis and VWs, which means it will be front-wheel drive, have all-independent suspension on pricier versions, and should offer four-wheel drive as is de rigeur in the SUV market sector.

Its design was premiered in the Vision X concept car from 2018, which was the first Skoda to usher in the twin-strip front lamps that should help make it stand out on the road (or have people assume it's a Citroen or Hyundai Kona).

The Skoda Vision X concept may have been powered by a combination of compressed natural gas (CNG), petrol and electricity, but expect the launch models to be available with the familiar Volkswagen Group range of 1.0- and 1.5-litre petrol engines, and 1.6- and (possibly) 2.0-litre diesels. A PHEV model may follow later, but all-electric is unlikely.

When will the Skoda Kamiq go on sale?

The car gets launched at the Geneva motor show in March 2019, but don't expect it to go on sale in the UK until at least September or October.

Skoda Kamiq design sketch

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