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New Skoda Karoq vs used Volvo XC40: verdict

Both of these family SUVs come highly recommended and can be had for well under £30,000. But should you go for a new Skoda Karoq or a used Volvo XC40?...

New Skoda Karoq vs used Volvo XC40

Our verdict

This was a tight fight between two of the very best family SUVs, so you can’t really go wrong whichever you choose. Both have qualities that make them great for carrying your brood around: the Karoq is the better-handling car and is more practical, thanks to its flexible rear seats and bigger boot, while the XC40 counters with more safety tech, superior refinement and a plusher interior.

Steeper depreciation means that the Karoq is more expensive in the long run, though. And while you might feel that the added expense is worth it if you really don’t want a diesel, for us the value that the XC40 offers is hard to ignore. For many of the same reasons that we made it our overall Car of the Year back in 2018, it’s the better choice.

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1st – Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 rear

For Classier interior; more supportive seats; quieter cruiser; loaded with safety kit
Against Fiddly touchscreen; thirstier engine; could be more composed
Options to look out for Winter Pack; Harman Kardon sound system

What Car? rating Five stars out of five

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2nd – Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq rear

For Cheaper on a PCP; clever rear seats; bigger boot; better body control
Against More wind and road noise; heavier depreciation; less appealing inside
Recommended options Metallic paint (£595); digital instruments (£470)

What Car? rating Five stars out of five

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Specifications: Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150

Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol
Peak power 148bhp at 5000-6000rpm
Peak torque 184Ib ft at 1500-3500rpm
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 8.9sec
30-70mph 8.4sec
Top speed 126mph
30-0mph 9.7m
70-0mph 55.0m
Noise at 30mph 62.8dB
Noise at 70mph 67.5dB
Official economy 43.1mpg
True MPG 44.2mpg
CO2 emissions 149g/km


Specifications: Volvo XC40 D4

Engine 4cyl, 1969cc, diesel
Peak power 187bhp at 4000rpm
Peak torque 295Ib ft at 1750-2500rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 8.5sec
30-70mph 8.6sec
Top speed 130mph
30-0mph 8.3m
70-0mph 46.5m
Noise at 30mph 64.6dB
Noise at 70mph 69.2dB
Official economy 44.1mpg
True MPG 35.4mpg
CO2 emissions 167g/km


Cars pictured

Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE L with Energy Blue paint

Volvo XC40 T4 R-Design Pro with Fusion Red paint (£575)