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New crossover from Skoda — the first test drive

“Behind the wheel” hyped all three cylinders the compact crossover Skoda and find out whether Kamiq in Russia.Cyril Mileshkin “Behind the wheel”

Kodiaq, Karoq, and now Kamiq — Skoda is a crossover from large to small, United by their common naming system. Words, incidentally, is not a test-tube, and meaningful.

Kodiaq is an island and city in Alaska, and along with the species living there the brown bear (though correctly spelled Kodiak). Karoq in the language of the eskimo peoples means “car”.

Kamiq from the Inuit is a thing that is perfect for you. Suppose that on hearing a word strange, but, in fact, car to the face.

Not about our honor

Look at the list available for the test versions and scratched his head. A choice of three-cylinder “Turbolet” in recoil and the diesel 1.6. You do not need great knowledge about the Russian market, to understand: none of them we will not accept. One frivolous, the other will be expensive. Vaughn, Renault Duster offers a unique opportunity to purchase a relatively affordable, diesel — so do not take!

Maybe I’m mired in stereotypes, and in fact downsizing “treshka” than adults engines? Take the 115 HP version of the 1.0 TSI with DSG.

Al Kamiq meets squint led headlight, opens the electrically operated tailgate seats in leather and Alcantara seats. This is exactly cheap Skoda? Yes, these are now European standards.

Skoda second time experimenting with head optics. Went bolder and prettier than the “four-eyed” facelifted Octavia. Expensive versions of adaptive headlight, full led.Skoda second time experimenting with head optics. Went bolder and prettier than the “four-eyed” facelifted Octavia. Expensive versions of adaptive headlight, full led.

While taxiing from the Parking lot, the motor shaking so that it can hear all the passengers, and I realize more and vibration through the steering wheel and pedals. The tremor disappears as soon as the tachometer needle reaches 2000 rpm. But the problem is that zashugannyh militant environmentalists robot hard switches up and pushes the engine speed is below this mark. In European cities there’s no way to escape velocity are not the same. But if it is possible to score at least 60 km/h, the recipe is simple — sportregion box. It is quite another thing: below the “2000” and the arrow does not fall.

Remember the three-cylinder BMW: the engine is balanced better, but there and volume on a half-liter more, and the premium status requires. The Skoda can only come to terms with vibrodiagnostika.

Under the hood space! Otherwise it could not be when only a liter of displacement. Gas shock absorbers saved, but locks in an adult put two.Under the hood space! Otherwise it could not be when only a liter of displacement. Gas shock absorbers saved, but locks in an adult put two.

Liter of five.

For one litre motor pulls no worse than close in power atmosfernika 1.6 (European Kamika it from there, but for Russian motorist is a stove, from which you can dance). Turbine reminds himself dashing whistle, but not the wings. And the robot is adjusted accordingly. Choose at least standard, though the sport mode active throttle response, do not wait. There is nothing in the engine 1.0 TSI “explode”!

Change to Kamiq with a 95‑horsepower version of the “liter” and mechanics. The modest capacity of the motor is confirmed only five steps in the box, but pulls it worse. (Maybe it’s a placebo: manual box gives the illusion of more control over the car.) And that’s noisy and vibrates so Kamiq stronger. Picking the same maximum, so it is unlikely the case in the study of sound insulation. Rather, in the other firmware of the motor and the other gear ratios of the box — this has changed the nature of the work of the unit.

The dashboard is indistinguishable from the one that is on the hatchback Scala. Do not be surprised if they are the same to the millimeter. To the front seats not to find fault. There is a standard and sports options. Top range flaunts drives.The dashboard is indistinguishable from the one that is on the hatchback Scala. Do not be surprised if they are the same to the millimeter. To the front seats not to find fault. There is a standard and sports options. Top range flaunts drives.

Digital tidy offers five design options. Tachometer the creators are clearly not held in high esteem: it was a place only two options.Digital tidy offers five design options. Tachometer the creators are clearly not held in high esteem: it was a place only two options.

Block climate control with a truncated set of keys. To change the direction of flow and the speed of the fan, press the Menu key and look at the touchscreen above.Block climate control with a truncated set of keys. To change the direction of flow and the speed of the fan, press the Menu key and look at the touchscreen above.

I would prefer old school aspirated. The four cylinders are not shaking autumn leaves, and certainly more reliable. And appetite is the same: shown in the “litrosol” 6-6,7 l/100 km in the same conditions 1.6 will fit and with a classic machine. I hope Kamiq not come to Russia with “turbotron” — it will be market suicide. To diesel I get it, with a more powerful gasoline engine Kumykov the Czechs brought. At the top of the range — 1.5 TSI 150 forces. This is serious. But — again! — not about our honor. In Russia instead of this fancy unit with mute function two cylinders are imported on other models of Skoda, Volkswagen and Audi engine 1.4 TSI of the past generation — the same power.

If I was choosing Kamiki to sell in Russia, would choose the options with engines 1.6 MPI and 1.4 TSI (a game in the environment leave the Europeans.) Moreover, the aspirated localized in Kaluga. It was there under best scenario will be prescribed and Kamiq. Now the plant produces Polo sedan and liftback Rapid that in the next generations will get the MQB-A0, as skodowski crossover. You never know, maybe the 1.4 TSI will be the Russian manufacture.

Character — solid

The problem is all the test drives in Europe is that there is no place to test the chassis. On a good road, any car is good. And still a bunch of holes and joints we for suspension Skoda found. It seems that the Russian potholes and joints with hard edges Kamiq will be noisy and unhappy, because even gentle bumps the suspension works off harsh.

I sat in the back “for myself” well, with the stock at the knees almost in hand. With comfort full order: armrest, cupholders, heated, Gill ventilation. Charging connectors — unpopular while Type-C Rear I sat down “he himself” is fine, with the stock at the knees almost in hand. With comfort full order: armrest, cupholders, heated, Gill ventilation. Charging connectors — unpopular while Type-C.

The center armrest is shifted in the big range, comfortable fit easy to find.The center armrest is shifted in the big range, comfortable fit easy to find.

Optional sportpaket drop a centimeter to the suspension and adaptive dampers I definitely wouldn’t take. With this clearance (rough field measurement under a plastic guard gave 190 mm) heavy duty suspension Kamico not needed. However, part of the configuration, the softness of adaptation to our conditions will not hurt.

For taxiing — not to find fault. Genes MQB platform does not spend on drink! Even adjusted for the fact that there is used a shortened “cart” for which full drive is impossible in principle.

The car is predictable, softly, with minimal roll. On one of the bends of the serpentine I went overboard with speed, and Kamiq gently floated out of rotation. Wait for the “hook” once: a strip of asphalt are narrow, up to the curb at hand. Under the gas discharge Skoda dutifully screwed in turn. Easy skid, the joint effort has improved the steering and ESP.

The trunk is 400 liter. A suitcase held in the plane as hand Luggage, took almost his entire length. The threshold is high, almost 15 see on the one hand, it is inconvenient to ship the gravity, the other is a secondary master volume: it’s better than stupid hiding under the mythical microscopic objects. The side wall of the trunk utilized in the best traditions of Skoda: removable flashlight and the stationary light, the hooks and pockets outlet and even key electric tow bar.The trunk is 400 liter. A suitcase held in the plane as hand Luggage, took almost his entire length. The threshold is high, almost 15 see on the one hand, it is inconvenient to ship the gravity, the other is a secondary master volume: it’s better than stupid hiding under the mythical microscopic objects. The side wall of the trunk utilized in the best traditions of Skoda: removable flashlight and the stationary light, the hooks and pockets outlet and even key electric tow bar.

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Karoq we waited two years, and he’s going to appear at dealers. Kamiq, I hope, will get to us faster. And to hold the reasonable prices it is necessary to localize. At current prices collected in the machine in the basic configuration would cost about 1.1 million rubles, and the competition it would be a good offer. However, that top management of Skoda and Volkswagen needed a guarantee that there will be demand. This guarantee our market is not yet ready to give anyone.

Originated by fashion brand Skoda has replaced the logo on the rear with a sweeping writing brand. Rear optics also made entirely by LED-technology. Kamiq first Skoda tried the turn signals as a running line and front and back.Originated by fashion brand Skoda has replaced the logo on the rear with a sweeping writing brand. Rear optics also made entirely by LED-technology. Kamiq first Skoda tried the turn signals as a running line and front and back.

Spacious for its size and with a decent clearance Three cylinders in Russia will not accept. And suspension would be softer

Coordinate system

Kamiq on the Russian market will inevitably fall under the hammer of two best-selling class — Crete and Capture. They are successful because of the AWD. Lada XRAY Cross made his way up through the most humane price tag. Kia Soul is also at odds not bad, but in the top 25 falls only occasionally.

Citroen C3 Aircross, the Peugeot 2008 and the Toyota C‑HR — expensive, stylish and front-wheel drive (AWD is the only Toyota in the most expensive configuration).

Skoda provided the Russian Assembly will join the number of pragmatists from the first paragraph. In the case of imports it will be the fate of the unit sales level of cars of the second group.

The nuances

  • Kamiq, Karoq and Kodiaq not artificially invented names and words with meaning.
  • Kamiq does not happen all-wheel-drive, off-road devoid of electronic assistants, but has a decent ground clearance: 190 mm.
  • The top multimedia system understands and unconventional voice commands.

Skoda Kamiq

1.0 TSI MT

1.0 TSI DSG

Length / width / height / base

4241 / 1793 / 1553 / 2651 mm

Luggage capacity (VDA)

400-1395 l

Weight / total weight

1214 / 1730 kg

1251 / 1765 kg

Engine

petrol, P3, 12 valves; 99 cm3; 70 kW / 95 HP at 5000-5500 rpm and 175 N·m at 2000-3500 rpm

petrol, P3, 12 valves; 999 cm3; 85 kW / 115 HP at 5000-5500 rpm; 200 nm at 2000-3500 rpm

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

11.1 V with

10,0 with

Maximum speed

181 km/h

193 km/h

Fuel / fuel reserve

AI-95/50 l

Fuel consumption: combined cycle

A 5.1–6.3 l / 100 km

5,5–6,8 l / 100 km

Transmission

front-wheel drive; M5

front-wheel drive; P7

New crossover from Skoda — the first test drive

  • Many motorists consider the roof as an extra seat for the carriage of goods. Pick up the rack rails and optimal autobox will always help the experts of our shop.

Photo: Kirill Mileshkin and Skoda

New crossover from Skoda — the first test drive

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