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New Skoda Karoq vs used Audi Q3: verdict

If you're buying new, the Skoda Karoq is the best family SUV you can have for around £26,000, but is a used Audi Q3 for the same money an even better option?...

New Skoda Karoq vs used Audi Q3

Our verdict

Despite its strong performance, sharp driving experience and praiseworthy practicality, we ended our time with the used Audi Q3 with some surprises on our hands. Certain areas where you might assume it would wipe the floor with its entry-level rival, such as interior quality and equipment levels, have instead run rather close. 

However, in all fairness to the Q3, that also speaks to the Karoq's immense capabilities. It's spacious, more comfortable and affordable to run than the Q3; and even in the cheapest trim level, it comes with a good list of equipment, including a great infotainment system. It's a new Karoq for the win here. 

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1st – Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq 2022 rear

For More economical; more relaxing to drive; better reliability; cheaper to run
Against Suspension noise; slower, no auto option with this engine

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

Read our full new Skoda Karoq review >>

Used Audi Q3 rear

For Stronger performance; sharper handling; flexible rear seats
Against Costlier to run; worse reliability; not as comfortable

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Skoda Karoq 1.0 TSI 110 SE Drive

Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol
Peak power 109bhp at 6000rpm
Peak torque 147lb ft at 2500rpm
Gearbox 6spd manual
0-60mph 10.4sec
Top speed 119mph
Test fuel economy 40.6mpg 
Official fuel economy 48.6mpg (WLTP average)
CO2 emissions 132g/km

Specifications: Audi Q3 35 TFSI S Line

Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol
Peak power 148bhp at 5000-6000rpm
Peak torque 184lb ft at 1500-3500rpm
Gearbox 7spd dual-clutch automatic
0-60mph 9.5sec
Top speed 119mph
Test fuel economy 38mpg 
Official fuel economy 38.2mpg (WLTP average)
CO2 emissions 133g/km

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