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More bang for your buck with Skoda Kodiaq and Kamiq SUVs

Skoda has tweaked the line-up of its Kodiaq and Kamiq SUVs for 2022 - and the firm promises it means ‘more equipment’ and better ‘value for money’ for lease customers.

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In case you need a refresher, the Kodiaq is Skoda’s big, seven-seater, flagship SUV, an eye-catching car that’s a rival to the likes of the KIA Sorento and the Peugeot 5008.

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It’s also been collecting awards like they’re going out of fashion, recently scooping the Best Seven-Seater prize in the AutoTrader New Car Awards.

The Skoda Kamiq, meanwhile, is the Czech manufacturer’s most compact SUV, sitting below the mid-sized Karoq. It too appears magnetised to trophies, having won the Best Small SUV for Practicality gong at the What Car? Car of the Year 2021 awards.

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And now, thanks to some trim tinkering for 2022, both the Kodiaq and the Kamiq have been made even more appealing.

For the Kodiaq, the most important change is that the entry-level ‘SE’ grade has been ditched in favour of a new ‘SE Drive’ trim level, which gives you lots more kit and tech on the bottom rung of the range ladder.

You now get 18 inch alloys, electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors with integrated indicators and an Amundsen sat nav with an 8 inch infotainment screen.

Integrated Wi-Fi also comes as standard, as does front parking sensors and a rear-view parking camera. As with the SE model, the SE Drive is also available with five and seven seater layouts, with the latter also adding variable boot floor and cargo storage compartments in the rear.

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You can have the Kodiaq SE Drive with two engines, a 1.5 TSI petrol and a 2.0 TDI diesel. That 1.5 petrol unit might sound small for such a large car, but owners appear to love it. Both develop 150PS and can be specified with a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The 2.0 TDI is also available with four-wheel drive.

And the petrol engine offers up to an excellent 42.5 mpg while also giving you decent performance, with a 0-62mph time of around 9.7 seconds.

The Kodiaq also gets a swanky new ‘SE L Executive’ trim, which sits between the ‘SE L’ model and the more upmarket ‘Sportline’ variant.

The SE L Executive Kodiaq unlocks 19 inch alloys, leather upholstery, driver-side auto-dimming door mirrors with boarding spots and memory function. SE L Executive lease customers will also benefit from an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function and a rear-view parking camera as standard.

All SE L Executive models are fitted with seven seats as standard, and come with three engine options - the 1.5 TSI and 2.0 TSI petrol units with outputs of 150PS and 190PS respectively, and a 2.0 TDI diesel that generates either 150PS or 200PS. Four-wheel drive is an option on the 2.0 TSI and 2.0 TDI engines.

Meanwhile the Kamiq also now enjoys this ‘SE L Executive’ trim level, too.

It comes with larger alloys, heated front seats, a rear view camera and front parking sensors. Powering this new Kamiq is either a 1.0 TSI three-cylinder unit that develops 110PS, or a four-cylinder 1.5 TSI unit with 150PS. Both can be specified with a seven-speed DSG automatic box.

The new Kodiaq and Kamiq are both available to order now.

And, don’t forget that the Kodiaq also comes as an extremely potent, four-wheel-drive vRS model, which comes mated to a 2.0 litre petrol engine producing 245 PS and which will catapult you and the family from 0-62mph in just 6.6 seconds.

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Friday, 17/05/2024