2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
Skoda now also offers the Kamiq as a 1.5 TSI with 150 hp. The Czech city SUV leaves a coherent impression with this engine.
Anyone who had their sights on Skoda's city SUV Kamiq has not yet been able to ignore the three-cylinder gasoline engines - or they just had to resort to the four-cylinder diesel engine with 1.6 liter displacement. Whatever one decided on - the output was capped at 115 hp. That changes with the new gasoline direct injection. This sends 150 hp to the front wheels and is optionally linked to a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic with double clutch. The prices start at 24,300 euros for manual output and 26,100 euros for the machine.
For the new top version of the Kamiq, which is around six centimeters higher than the Scala hatchback sedan, Skoda specifies a consumption of 4.9 liters Super per 100 km for the switch and 5.1 liters for the DSG counterpart.
Engine runs very well
There are various reasons for the four-cylinder: Of course it runs a bit more cultivated than the three-cylinder. And although the one-liter engines sound quite characteristic, one or the other customer might prefer the usual, unspectacular hum of the four pots.
In order to make the unit as efficient as possible, the 1.5-liter has an almost imperceptible cylinder deactivation - so only two pots are at work under partial load, and that without any perceived loss of smoothness. In terms of performance, this Kamiq is beyond all doubt, goes beyond pure function and appears not only sovereign, but also sporty.
If you allow the gasoline engine to revs, you will experience the Czechs rushing away - the factory specification of 8.3 seconds for the standard sprint from 0 to 100 km / h confirms the subjective impression. Personal taste may decide whether you should opt for the manual six-speed box or the seven-speed machine. At least the manual transmission is easy to operate, while the double clutch sometimes takes a moment to master its abundance of gear ratios. On the other hand, the full use of the assistant competence requires an automatic transmission.
Distance control is convincing
So the Kamiq brakes - if it is equipped with active cruise control (390 euros) - according to the vehicle in front to a standstill. Of course, only the machine can do that. The versions with manual transmission also adjust the speed, and you can even change gears during this time, because the intelligent cruise control remains in operation even when the clutch is disengaged. You should not do without distance control, as it not only means increased safety, but also increased convenience.
And comfort ultimately plays a role in the Kamiq, the chassis of which the engineers have fine-tuned. Even with the 17-inch 55 series, the all-rounder doesn't rumble excessively harshly over manhole covers. In addition, it is always astonishing how spacious today's cars in the small car class are, which is also due to the fact that, due to the constant growth over the generations, they are simply no longer small. Because with an exterior length of 4.24 meters, the Czech significantly exceeds the dimensions of earlier compact classes. And not even the Volkswagen Golf, which is currently being phased out, has a 2.65 meter wheelbase.
However, Skoda always places its vehicles between the classic leagues, and the Kamiq with its A0 platform certainly ranks at the upper end of the segment. He delights with extensive infotainment. A large, jagged touchscreen of up to 9.2 inches in the center console plus an instrument cluster as a multi-configurable screen (470 euros) leaves nothing to be desired. If the speedometer in particular seems too new-fangled for you: Simply select the view with the virtual dials, and the world is all right again. Features such as smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto plus numerous USB connections, here already in the modern C version, should also quickly learn to appreciate customers with a conservative mindset.
Door edge protection prevents paint damage
In order to keep the Skoda world in order, however, the Kamiq receives numerous of the well-known “Simply Clever” solutions, which include the ice scraper in the fuel filler cap as well as the obligatory umbrella in the door pockets or the flashlight in the trunk. Incidentally, the latter holds up to 1,395 liters. In addition, the development colleagues seem to have looked over at Ford - the integrated door edge protection that has been in use there for a long time now also prevents small paint damage on the Kamiq.
If there is still budget left when configuring the city SUV, you can confidently reach for the generous panorama roof (from 630 euros). Although it increases the curb weight, it bathes the solidly finished interior in - depending on the weather - bright sunlight to bring some warmth to the mind. And that can't hurt when driving in the strengthened petrol Kamiq. (SP-X)
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