That it’ll cost you more to buy and own than the RAV4, a car that’s significantly more enjoyable to drive, is the nail in its coffin.
Still, the RAV4 isn’t without flaws. Its entertainment system can also be frustrating, and like the Honda, it can get loud when heavily loaded.
But overall it feels like a much more polished and better finished package, with a smoother, quieter driving experience, a smarter interior and of course the added reassurance of a longer warranty. If you’re in the market for a non-diesel five-seat SUV, it’s worth a look.
Skoda Karoq 2.0 TDI 190 DSG 4×4 – £34,815
This top-of-the-line Karoq gets an equipment list just as extensive as our two test cars and a price that undercuts both. It’s also a great family car, with a large trunk and rear seats that fold, slide and tilt individually, and lots of other clever features. It’s not as efficient or as fast as the Toyota, though, and it doesn’t come with as long a warranty either.
Ford Kuga 2.5 PHEV 225 Vignale FWD – £39,305
The hybrid Kuga is a plug-in, but a very good one – and in this luxurious Vignale equipment almost – if not – as well equipped as our two test cars. The catch? Well, actually there are two; First, you need to have a place to plug it into for it to work at its best. And it’s front-wheel drive only too – which makes it quite expensive for what it is.
Citroen C5 Aircross 1.6 Puretech Hybrid 225 Shine Plus FWD – £35,700
We haven’t managed to get behind the wheel of this plug-in C5 Aircross yet, but we do know that the standard car is one of the most versatile and practical five-seat SUVs out there. If the hybrid has retained the super-comfortable ride of the standard car, it’ll be a very tempting option – and one that’s relatively cheap, albeit at the expense of four-wheel drive and a few toys.
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