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Used test: Nissan Qashqai vs Skoda Karoq costs
Buy either of these family SUVs at four years old and you'll save yourself more than £10,000, but which is the better all-rounder? We have the answer...
Buying and owning
Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security
As if by magic, or in other words, depreciation, after four years the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq have swapped places in regards to which is priciest. When new, the Qashqai came in at £29,350 and, at four years old, has dropped to £15,000. The Karoq started life at £27,110, but now costs £17,000.
The Qashqai will cost you more to run, though, partly because its official average of 48.7mpg is beaten by the Karoq's 51.4mpg figure.
The Karoq sits in insurance group 16, meaning it will cost around £522 to insure. The Qashqai belongs to a higher group – that being 20 – so it comes in at around £595. Nissan offers fixed price servicing, with one costing £329 for the Qashqai. For the Karoq, it'll be £456, but that does include two services.
In our most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, the Karoq (in petrol guise) finished in 12th place out of 39 cars in the family SUV class, while the Qashqai came 28th. As brands, Skoda ranked 13th out of 32 manufacturers, while Nissan placed 25th.
From new, the Qashqai wasn't available with adaptive cruise control. The Karoq was, though it would've costed its original owner £300. On the other hand, the Qashqai came with metallic pain as standard, but it was a £575 option on the Karoq. Both models got leather seats, keyless entry and start, as well as front and rear parking sensors at no extra cost.
They also got automatic emergency braking as standard, as well as blindspot monitoring and a lane departure warning system. The pair achieved five stars in their Euro NCAP crash tests, too, with the Qashqai proving safest for child occupants.
Meanwhile, security firm Thatcham found both cars to be excellent at resisting being stolen.
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