What is it?
Monte Carlo. For most people, the name conjures up images of glamorous yacht harbour parties, snooty casinos and a veritable Mecca of motorsport history.
For those more familiar with the more down-to-earth elements of the UK car industry (or maybe just motoring journalists), their mind might also think of Skoda and its use of the storied name as a high-end trim.
There might not seem like much of a link between the most exclusive district of Monaco and the Volkswagen Group’s value-oriented brand, but it’s actually a reference to Skoda’s enviable record at the Monte Carlo Rally.
It’s also hugely popular. Many makers have seen sales of range-topping models rise thanks to the PCP boom making the cost of stepping up to higher trims appear more digestible, and Skoda is no different. Often, Monte Carlo trims are among the best-sellers across the brand's line-up.
It’s no shock, then, that this trim level has been added to another one of Skoda’s latest range additions: the Kamiq. We’re trying what is currently the fastest and most expensive version of the crossover, combining the flagship spec with the 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit.