That buying and owning will cost you more than the RAV4, a car that is significantly more enjoyable to drive, is a nail in the coffin.
Still, the RAV4 is not without its flaws. Its entertainment system, too, can be frustrating to use and, like Honda, can become noisy when pressed hard.
But overall, it seems like a much more sleek and better-finished package with a smoother and quieter driving experience, a smarter interior and, of course, extra peace of mind due to the longer warranty. If you’re in the market for a five-seater non-diesel SUV, it’s worth a look.
Škoda Karoq 2.0 TDI 190 DSG 4×4 – £ 34,815
This premium Karoq has a list of equipment that is just as convex as either of our two test cars, and a price that is lower than both. It’s also a great family car with a large trunk and rear seats that fold, slide and tip over individually, and lots of other smart features. However, it is not as efficient or fast as Toyota and also does not have such a long warranty.
Ford Kuga 2.5 PHEV 225 Vignale FWD – £ 39,305
The Hybrid Plague is an outlet, but it’s very good – and in this luxurious Vignale outfit it’s almost – if not completely – as well-equipped as our two test cars. The catch? Well, there are actually two; First, you will need to plug it in somewhere to make it work as best as possible. And also with front-wheel drive – 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 yet managed to get behind the wheel of this plug-in C5 Aircross, but we know that the standard car is one of the most versatile and practical five-seater SUVs. If the hybrid has maintained an extremely comfortable ride in a standard car, it will be a very tempting option – and a relatively inexpensive one, albeit for the price of four-wheel drive and a few toys.
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