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Skoda Kamiq Gets 5-Star Euro NCAP Rating!


Skoda is working on a Kamiq-based SUV for launch in India next year

 

  • It secured high scores in adult and children protection.
  • Safety features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) performed well at city speeds.
  • It is based on VW’s MQB A0 platform.
  • Kamiq’s India version could debut at the 2020 Auto Expo.

Skoda has revealed that the Kamiq SUV has achieved a 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme), considered the most stringent safety test in the world. This is great news as the Czech carmaker is all set to launch the Kamiq-based SUV in India next year. 

The baby Kodiaq scored 96 per cent for the protection of adult occupants and 85 per cent in child occupant protection. In pedestrian protection, it scored a decent 80 per cent with full rating for cyclist protection, thanks to aids like Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian, Cyclist Protection and City Emergency Brake function included as standard. It loses out a little with a 75 per cent rating in the safety assist category due to speed assistance only being limited to a driver-set speed limiter. 

Another safety feature that helped the Kamiq score well is the presence of nine airbags, including an optional knee airbag for the driver and rear side airbags. Additional safety highlights include an optional Crew Protect Assist which closes the side windows and roof window, and tightens the seatbelts should the car detect the risk of a flip. Other standard safety kit for the SUV includes ISOFIX seats, Lane Assist, and an optional Side Assist that alerts drivers to vehicles approaching from behind or in the car’s blind spot. 

While this version of the Kamiq will not make it to India, Skoda is working on an SUV based on the Kamiq. It will be based on the MQB A0-IN platform. Although Skoda is yet to announce the launch date of the SUV, it is expected to be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo with a launch later in the year.  Once launched here, expect the upcoming SUV to go up against the Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, MG Hector and the Kia Seltos.

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