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Skoda Kamiq: 3 the main drawback (and a couple of merit)

It is still unclear whether fall to us Kamiq — the third and smallest SUV from the Czech brand. And it’s not just the state of the market and price. The machine has other “thin” moments.Cyril Mileshkin “Behind the wheel”

The names of Czech crossovers strange: Kodiaq, Karoq, Kamiq. It may seem that for the sake of unity of the concept “in K starts at Q ends with” Skoda turned to electronic intelligence. But no, the names are not “synthetic”, but quite real. Kodiaq island in Alaska, Karoq in the language of one of the eskimo peoples — “car” (and roq in the same language, and even the “arrow” element sadovskogo logo).

Kamiq in the language of the Inuit means something that “fits you perfectly”.

Words, perhaps, somewhat difficult to remember, but it suited its Northern origin of the philosophy of crossovers. And then, does it matter what the name of a good car?

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Front-wheel drive

Skoda Kamiq is based on a shortened platform MQB-A0. It also underpins the Volkswagen Polo and the latest generation of hatchback Skoda Scala. From the last Czech crossover in some places is not more than the twins from each other. Roughly speaking, body, interior and engines they are the same.

And what is crossovered Kamika? Yes, all-wheel drive it is not quite the word. European buyers did not need it. In Russia not so clear. For example, monoprivodnom Duster chooses one buyer out of ten. And Cretu compatriots perceive as a purely city car, and her share of the 4×2 versions account for nearly three quarters of sales.

But Kamiq boasts a good for Pseudorasbora a ground clearance of about 190 mm. And the bottom is completely flat: plastic protection is not only under powertrain, but also goes further, to the middle of the body. No off-road modes or assistant is not in sight. So, Kamiq should live exclusively on asphalt.

After the Rock and Kamiq got the filler neck of the windshield washer reservoir with built-in funnel.After the Rock and Kamiq got the filler neck of the windshield washer reservoir with built-in funnel.

One of the chips of philosophy Simply Clever — flow pads that protect the door in the Parking lot. Your one-stop thing!One of the chips of philosophy Simply Clever — flow pads that protect the door in the Parking lot. Your one-stop thing!

Three cylinders

On the European test drive rolled out two engines. One of them is a diesel 1.6. It to us is unlikely to bring the Russian buyer doesn’t like this motor to power the notoriously high prices. Therefore, a diesel car I didn’t even look.

The only alternative was made by the 1.0 TSI engine. With three cylinders with a blown turbine 95 or 115 HP, depending on the degree of forcing. On the “horses” like a good idea, but because of the volume and the number of “Gorshkov” is not silent, and the information of our person definitely will reject.

Goes “Turbolet”, as expected, without a spark. Another annoying vibration around 2000 rpm With a manual transmission everything is in your hands — you can make the engine run at higher revs. But on the version with robotized transmission DSG had to go to sportbike to maintain and comfortable to drive engine speed. However, at lower urban speeds from trembling from under the hood not to go.

Under the hood is spacious. The battery size almost more of the block of cylinders. That requires an abundance of equipment.Under the hood is spacious. The battery size almost more of the block of cylinders. That requires an abundance of equipment.

The Europeans will also be available 1.5-liter petrol unit with 150 HP that the test is not brought. He heaped than his brother 1.4. In particular, is able to turn off cylinders under light-load. In Russia it is on all models of Volkswagen submitted yet TSI 1400 “cubes”.

As you can see, all motors are “passing by.” The Russian market has come to be aggregates of the 1.6 MPI and 1.4 TSI. One is already localized, the second, is rumored to have a chance at it. Them, in all likelihood, will continue to put on a Polo and Rapid next generation. So why not give them Kamiq, if it decides to sell in Russia?

European pendant

On almost perfect roads of France to the suspension Kamika claim arose: the minimum rolls, quick and precise steering response. However, once under the wheels was a crack or patch of the roadway, its profile, the driver learned in great detail. I managed to find a few of the more serious irregularities. Passing through them, I was convinced that the chassis will require adaptation to the Russian roads.

Instead of the emblem on the tailgate is emblazoned the name of the brand. Now it will be on all Skodas.Instead of the emblem on the tailgate is emblazoned the name of the brand. Now it will be on all Skodas.

In terms of clearance, everything is fine: 190 mm — more than enough for “citizen”. But excessive rigidity of no use to us. Roads in Russia are far from ideal, and Kamiq with a tendency to talk about all the flaws of asphalt will be exhausting for a driver. We would have something softer, closer to omnivorous suspension platform B0. Even with the inevitable deterioration of controllability.

And in this, as Skoda Kamiq is offered to the Europeans, Russia will clean Moscow car.

Spacious!

The trick Skoda has always been that it offers more car than the competitors. Here Kamiq were overgrown In the class. I did not expect that at the height of 186 cm will sit down “for myself” with the stock at the knees in a palm width! Here is really roomy in the back seat. And even in a specification with a panoramic roof over your head is pretty “air”.

The dashboard is taken from the hatchback Scala. While he and Kamiq have priborom in the new design. The third will probably be the new Octavia, whose premiere is close.The dashboard is taken from the hatchback Scala. While he and Kamiq have priborom in the new design. The third will probably be the new Octavia, whose premiere is close.

Rear comfortably sit even tall passengers. The stock of space is and in the knees, and above her head.Rear comfortably sit even tall passengers. The stock of space is and in the knees, and above her head.

The length of the trunk is small, that kompensiruet tall. For a young family of three enough. The sides of all the traditions Skoda: hooks, pockets, sockets, flashlight.The length of the trunk is small, that kompensiruet tall. For a young family of three enough. The sides of all the traditions Skoda: hooks, pockets, sockets, flashlight.

The trunk is also good. The Czechs say its 400 liters — the best indicator in the class. The length and width of tryum not outstanding, but the depth of his fair: gender is a much lower threshold. Yes, heavy things to take out would not be very convenient. But it’s better than if the designers have implemented a double floor and set its upper level flush with the cross member of the body. Underground handy for small things and takes away useful space if you need to transport something bulky.

Looking at the low floors, I did not expect to see the spare tire. First, it is not in the European tradition. Secondly, it seemed that the place for niche left. As it is not so! A stowaway in there, and that’s fine. With a fifth wheel instead of the kit feel much more confident.

The bottom is flat, clearance is good. But in the absence of all-wheel drive and off-road algorithms electronics with asphalt to move out is not worth it.The bottom is flat, clearance is good. But in the absence of all-wheel drive and off-road algorithms electronics with asphalt to move out is not worth it.

Expensive-rich

To nothing to complain about, it’s the level of finish. This is probably applicable to any car of Volkswagen. The upper dashboard is made from a very soft plastic, it would be desirable to touch more and more. Seat expensive configuration flaunt leather and Alcantara. All grown-up!

Climate control cuts. To change the direction of flow and strength of airflow, press the Menu key and turn on multimedia touchscreen. Everything is convenient, with excellent feedback from the road but a distraction more than communication with a push-button control unit. Please note: the new Skoda models are not USB ports, and Type-C. It is good that the brand is in step with the progress, but the wires for them yet very few people have — have to buy.Climate control cuts. To change the direction of flow and strength of airflow, press the Menu key and turn on multimedia touchscreen. Everything is convenient, with excellent feedback from the road but a distraction more than communication with a push-button control unit. Please note: the new Skoda models are not USB ports, and Type-C. It is good that the brand is in step with the progress, but the wires for them yet very few people have — have to buy.

And equipment is not budget. Suffice it to say that climate control dual-zone Kamika. In class this is not the norm. There are full led headlights, panoramic roof (without sunroof), power driver seat, media with a screen of 9.2 inch with voice control, adaptive cruise, electric trunk. Last I saw on a car of this segment.

Of course, most Kumykov will be with a modest level of equipment. Still, choosing a subcompact pseudoclosure tend not to squander money. But the breed can not hide, and outright “budget” model does not seem to be even in the basic version. I it in eyes did not see, but somehow sure.

The virtual instrument cluster five ways of presenting information. The coolest — with the navigation map in full screen. Interestingly, the tachometer only available in two styles.The virtual instrument cluster five ways of presenting information. The coolest — with the navigation map in full screen. Interestingly, the tachometer only available in two styles.

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Success depends on how Skoda will decide to do, if still pull Kamiq to the Russian market. Supply European version — the cross: it is expensive, and the motors are not in our format. Localization will remove all the problems. Machines are cheaper, and it is possible to stake engine 1.6 MPI Kaluga Assembly and the familiar 1.4 TSI.

Really want to Kamiq we had. At current prices and subject to the Russian Assembly, the price of the basic version at 1.1–1.15 million rubles would be an attractive proposition.

Skoda Kamiq: 3 the main drawback (and a couple of merit)

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Skoda Kamiq: 3 the main drawback (and a couple of merit)

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