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Skoda Kamiq 2021: small SUV loaded with kit, coming to Australia in September

7 months ago

A third SUV will be added to the Skoda range in Australia in late September, with the Czech brand confirming that their smallest-yet crossover, the 2021 Skoda Kamiq, will hit Australian roads with aggressive driveaway pricing starting from $27,990 – with each of the three Kamiq grades sporting a high level of standard specification.

The new Skoda Kamiq will slot underneath its SUV siblings – the small-to-midsize Karoq, and the midsize-to-large seven-seat Kodiaq. Within the Volkswagen Group, the Kamiq is most similar to the Volkswagen T-Cross – but the Kamiq arrives with a more luxurious specification along with the immediate availability of both three- and four-cylinder turbo petrol engines.

For Australia, Skoda Kamiq pricing will range from a price-leading 85kW three-cylinder manual ($26,990, $27,990 driveaway offer) through to sports- or luxury-focussed 110kW four-cylinder dual-clutch automatic models which will be offered at $36,990 driveaway.

Skoda Kamiq 2021 in red and white
The Kamiq arrives in a variety of grades, and with two engine options.

The entry-level 2021 Kamiq 85TSI will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission ($27,990 driveaway) or a seven-speed DSG automatic ($29,990 driveaway), with the turbo-triple producing 85kW of power and 200Nm of torque.

Meanwhile, the higher-specification 2021 Kamiq 110TSI, a 1.5-litre four-cylinder, will be seven-speed automatic only in Australia, with both the sporty Monte Carlo variant and a more comfort-biased Limited Edition both priced at $36,990 driveaway.

As we’ve come to expect from Skoda in Australia, standard specification is more generous than key rival brands – including cousin Volkswagen – while additional features can be added on top through option packages.

Skoda Kamiq 2021 Monte Carlo in white
The Kamiq Monte Carlo offers a range of sporty additions.

The 85TSI grade kicks off affairs with standard touch-sensitive entry for the front doors and boot along with push-button start, an electric tailgate, 18-inch wheels, privacy glass, rear LED lights with animated indicators and silver roof rails, along with auto lights and wipers.

Inside, the 85TSI is tech-forward, with a standard-fit Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster, plus an eight-inch touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Eight speakers are included, along with wireless device charging, interior ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, plus manual lumbar adjustment for the driver, manual height adjustment for the passenger seat, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a double-sided mat for the boot.

A decent  safety suite is standard, including forward collision warning, city-speed front AEB, reverse-gear AEB, lane keep assist, seven airbags, driver fatigue detection, and tyre pressure monitoring.

Skoda Kamiq 2021 front interior and dashboard
The Kamiq’s interior features available wireless CarPlay.

The $7,000 upgrade from the 85TSI automatic to the auto-only 110TSI brings with it the choice of the more athletically-styled Monte Carlo or the more classic Limited Edition. Both 110TSI versions score full adaptive LED headlights with animated front indicators.

The Monte Carlo sports a black pack that sees the dark hue applied to the 18-inch wheels, door mirror caps, grille, rear badging, rear diffuser, sill covers, and the interior headliner. Meanwhile, there are Monte Carlo-specific sports seats and pedals, plus a panoramic sunroof. The Monte Carlo also has a 15mm ride height reduction and selectable drive modes.

Meanwhile, the 110TSI Limited Edition reverts to the ‘comfort’ suspension setup on 18-inch wheels and sports chrome on the grille and rear badging, plus body-coloured mirror caps. Inside, the Limited Edition scores a higher grade of infotainment, with a 9.2-inch touchscreen fitted with integrated navigation and supporting wireless Apple CarPlay. The Limited Edition also stocks heated front and rear leather/Suedia mix upholstery along with electric adjustment for the driver’s seat, plus automated parking with front and rear parking sensors.

Skoda Kamiq 2021 rear seat space
Small on the outside, the Kamiq promises generous interior room.

You’re able to option the 85TSI three-cylinder to a higher level of specification through a Driver’s Support Pack ($4,100) – this adds the heated front and rear leather/Suedia seats, electric adjustment for the driver, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automated parking. There’s also a Tech Pack ($3,800), which upgrades the 85TSI to the 9.2-inch screen with nav and wireless CarPlay and full adaptive LED headlights with animated indicators.

For the 110TSI Monte Carlo only, there is a Travel Pack ($4,300) that fits the larger touchscreen with nav and wireless CarPlay, plus heating for the sports front seats and rear seats, along with blind spot monitoring, automated parking, and paddle shifters for the steering wheel.

Skoda Kamiq 2021 Limited Edition in red
The 2021 Kamiq arrives in Australia in late September.

Standalone options include metallic or pearl effect paints ($550), a special Velvet Red hue ($1,110), a panoramic sunroof for the 85TSI and 110TSI Limited Edition ($1,300 – it’s already fitted to the Monte Carlo), and a factory tow bar for 110TSI variants ($1,200).

Worry-free service packs can be purchased up-front: it’s $800 for three years (equal to $267 per service), or $1,400 for five years (equal to $280 amortised – helping to soften the blow of the major fourth-year service).

Skoda Kamiq 2021 Australian pricing

85TSI manual: $26,990 ($27,990 driveaway offer)

85TSI DSG automatic: $27,990 ($29,990 driveaway offer)

110TSI Monte Carlo DSG automatic: $34,190 ($36,990 driveaway offer)

110TSI Limited Edition DSG automatic: $35,490 ($36,990 driveaway offer)