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Used test: Skoda Kamiq vs Volkswagen T-Cross: costs

These used small SUVs both give you practicality and style for a very affordable price, but which is best?...

Skoda Kamiq side

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

New and used, both cars are pretty evenly priced. The headline saving is just under £4000 if you were buying either one of these at a year old; that's for a car with minimal mileage from a main dealer.

As far as running costs go, it's the Kamiq that should be slightly cheaper in the long run after all the costs you’re likely to face over three years of ownership have been factored in. One of those costs is fuel, with the Kamiq proving that bit more frugal in our real-world economy tests. The Kamiq will cost around £50 more in insurance over three years, but the T-Cross is likely to set you back around £120 more in servicing over the same period.

Volkswagen T-Cross side

There isn’t much to split our contenders on the equipment front, with both getting as air conditioning, automatic lights, rain-sensing wipers and cruise control. However, the cruise control in the T-Cross is adaptive, so it can automatically adjust its speed to match that of a car ahead.

Both cars were awarded five stars (out of five) for safety by the experts at Euro NCAP, but a closer inspection of the results reveals that the T-Cross scored higher marks for its ability to protect child occupants – something worth bearing in mind if you have a growing family.

Neither car featured in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Skoda finished a respectable fifth out of 31 brands, whereas Volkswagen was down in 20th.

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