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2021 Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo (car review)

SPORTY, nimble, practical and well featured. The 2021 Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo holds nothing back with its eye-catching design and practical amenities. You’ll also need to make sure you book some extra time on your trips.

We say that because you will be choosing the longer, twisty road on the way home from work in the Kamiq Monte Carlo. The interior is fantastic, lose focus for a second and you will be forgiven for thinking you were in a modern sports car.

The race inspired sport bucket seats supportively hug you without being overly firm. The inclusion of a static panoramic roof and carbon style trim highlighted with led ambient lighting is an aesthetically pleasing addition.

The front and rear heated seats are a welcome luxury. The flat bottomed, perforated leather steering wheel looks as good as it felt. A plethora of steering controls are available and positioned well, with the paddle gear shifters easily accessible.

We weren’t a fan of the scrolling knob for the next/previous song selector, but that’s hardly a deal breaker. Hiding behind the wheel was the gorgeous 10.25-inch digital virtual cockpit cluster.

With seven digital dashboard choices, including the ability to display navigation on the instrument cluster, the customisability of the virtual cockpit made the Kamiq feel like something out of the future.

The carbon style trims and metal highlights included throughout the car need to be seen to be appreciated too. They give the car a unique character while keeping a classy finish that ages better than most shiny plastic finishes.

With support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and built in satellite navigation, the 8.0-inch touchscreen was simple to use, quick and intuitive. A wireless phone charging pad and dual USB-C ports are included front and rear.

We would have loved to have seen DAB+ digital included too. A unique feature we discovered was that Skoda includes an umbrella that can be stored in the driver’s door. It’s a feature that can’t truly be appreciated until it saves the day (which it did).

The engine/gearbox combination was great around town and on the freeway, and at no point did the Kamiq Monte Carlo feel underpowered. We were unable to meet the advertised 5.6-litres/100km though, and instead managed 6.2-litres/100km.

In a combination of freeway and urban driving, that’s a completely respectable number. Driving the Kamiq is a treat. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine makes a respectable 110kW and 250Nm through a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.

Considering the Skoda isn’t a heavyweight, coming in at a modest 1200kg, this combination makes for a confidence inspiring drive with fast shifts, respectable acceleration and nimble handling characteristics.

With four driving modes available; Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual, there is an option to suit every driving style with the Monte Carlo taking advantage of electronically adjustable shock absorbers.

Aesthetically the Skoda Kamiq is a great looking car, with a modern yet minimalist exterior. Most accents and badging have been finished in a beautiful gloss black, with chrome used as highlights. It also sports stunning 18-inch VEGA black alloy wheels.

The unique LED headlight design is both functional and aesthetically pleasing too, allowing the Kamiq to possess a unique look among a sea of small SUVs on the market. Storage is ample too, with plenty of cup holders, deep door pockets, and a sunglasses compartment.

A well designed 400-litre boot with plenty of netting to secure items completes the package. With a 5-star ANCAP rating, the Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo is fitted with an array of safety technology too.

This includes seven airbags, adaptive cruise control, park assist, predictive pedestrian assist and lane assist, a reverse camera and parking sensors. There’s also a rear traffic alert system.

The 2021 Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo offers amazing value for money at only $36,990 drive away. The build quality, materials and features are outstanding for the price. Anyone looking for a sporty SUV, that’s practical, while still being agile, should look at this.

It offers plenty of fun on twisty roads too. There’s also some very nice colour choices, including Moon White Metallic, Magic Black Metallic, Quartz Grey Metallic, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Steel Grey, Race Blue Metallic and Velvet Red Premium.

The Kamiq is covered by a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty with one year roadside assistance. Servicing through an authorised dealer will extend the roadside assist by up to four years.

Our test vehicle was supplied by ŠKODA Australia. To find out more about the 2021 ŠKODA Kamiq Monte Carlo, contact your local ŠKODA dealer.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
8
Exterior styling
7
Interior look and feel
8
Technology and connectivity
8
Family friendliness
8
Value for money
8

SUMMARY

Pros - value for money; feature packed; sporty yet practical.
Cons - infotainment system is a fingerprint magnet; only comes with USB-C ports.

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