The boot isn’t the biggest in the class, but it is very well shaped, which means you can carry a useful amount in it. And if you don’t choose a car with the VarioFlex seating, your consolation prize is an adjustable boot floor with a hidden space beneath the cover for smaller items.

Prices for used Karoqs start at a decent £15,000. Up the budget to £16,000-£18,000 and you’ll find plenty of 2018 cars and 2019 cars. Spend around £19,000-£21,000 on a more recent Karoq.

Need to know

The 1.0-litre petrol has a WLTP figure of 43.5mpg but the 1.5-litre petrol is only slightly less, at 41.5mpg, thanks to fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation tech. The 1.6-litre diesel is rated at 49.6mpg but the 148bhp 2.0-litre is slightly better still, at 50.4mpg.

It’s possible that a small number of Karoqs built in February 2019 have a cracked left front seat frame. A Skoda dealer will be able to inspect your seat and replace the frame if necessary.

There have been two recalls for the rear head restraints in the Karoq. Your local dealer can tell you if your car needs to have any recall work carried out.

Our pick

Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE: We love the pace, refinement and efficiency of the 1.5 petrol and there’s a good choice of used ones. Entry-level SE is well equipped, but seek out a car that has the VarioFlex seating option.

Wild card

Karoq 2.0 TSI 190 Sport Line 4×4 DSG: With stylish 19in alloy wheels, Sport Line is near the top of the tree, and paired with the rare and more powerful petrol 2.0 and an auto ’box, it’s a bit of a peach.

Ones we found

2017 Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE, 36,000 miles, £14,950

2018 Karoq 2.0 TDI 150 SE L, 29,000 miles, £16,950

2019 Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 Edition, 12,000 miles, £19,500

2020 Karoq 2.0 TSI 190 Sport Line 4×4 DSG, 8000 miles, £26,995

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