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Used test: Skoda Kamiq vs Volkswagen T-Cross costs

They may be small SUVs, but these two offer big amounts of style and practicality. As five-year-old used buys, they're very affordable too. We've put them head to head to find a winner...

Skoda Kamiq side

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

New and used, both cars are pretty evenly priced; whether you go for the Skoda Kamiq or Volkswagen T-Cross, expect to pay around £15,000 for a three-year-old example. 

On the other hand, the Kamiq will cost you less in fuel. It averaged 44.3mpg during our testing, while the T-Cross averaged 41.4mpg. Due to both cars being petrol ones registered after April 2017, they come in at £165 per year each in road tax. 

Volkswagen T-Cross side

Both cars should prove fairly cheap to insure. The T-Cross is in group 8 to the Kamiq's group 9, so it should cost around £385 per year to insure, versus £387 for the Kamiq. A service of the Kamiq through a franchised dealer will cost you £185, while the T-Cross comes in at just £1 less.

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. 

Skoda Kamiq infotainment

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.

The Kamiq and T-Cross ranked similarly in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, coming 16th and 15th respectively – that's out of 25 cars in the small SUV class. As brands, Skoda placed 13th out of 32 manufacturers featured, while Volkswagen was 22nd. 

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