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SKODA

THE Karoq is still king thanks to its blend of style and us­abil­ity, agility and com­fort, plus per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency. You can add a longer list of more ad­vanced equip­ment to its at­tributes, plus lower run­ning costs. A few foibles mean it’s still flawed, but th­ese are small and the gulf to its ri­vals here is so big that it can’t stop the Skoda pulling off a con­vinc­ing win.

SUBARU

BY the small­est of mar­gins the XV beats the Mit­subishi to sec­ond spot, but it’s no tri­umph. Thanks to its more bear­able ride qual­ity com­pared with the Eclipse Cross and per­for­mance to match, plus a more ex­ten­sive kit list and a high­erqual­ity cabin, the Subaru is bet­ter than its pre­de­ces­sor. But it’ll be pricier to buy and run for pri­vate buy­ers, while it still lags some way be­hind the Skoda.

MIT­SUBISHI

THE Eclipse Cross is a bet­ter ef­fort from Mit­subishi and shows the brand is mov­ing for­ward. Strong prac­ti­cal­ity means fam­i­lies will be well catered for, yet the brit­tle and busy ride, sub­stan­dard in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and lack of re­fine­ment hurt it against the bet­ter-en­gi­neered Skoda. It’ll be pricier to run than its ri­vals, but it trails on qual­ity even if it’s well equipped.

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