It champions refinement, fuel efficiency and interior comfort but loses out to the Ateca (and others) as far as dynamic abilities are concerned, to the T-Roc on style and desirability, and to the Formentor on both counts.
The Qashqai’s steering is overly light in its regular setting, and noticeable body roll discourages properly spirited driving. Nissan’s infotainment system is also starting to fall behind. On the whole, though, the Qashqai is still hugely competitive in this segment and thoroughly recommendable.
Given the success of the standard Ceed, the Xceed crossover, which follows a familiar recipe of raising the hatchback’s ride-height and beefing up the looks but without really altering anything oily, was the model that Kia had to make.
It’s sure to sell well, but that’s more because of the devastating popularity of the segment than any exceptional appeal on the Xceed’s part. Indeed, this is an attractive crossover with better-than-average driving control and a reasonably fluid ride, but there are more frugal and spacious cars among its peer, and in this class those are the attributes that count.
As is the case with all Skoda cars, the Karoq brings affordability, value for money and practicality to its market – all good things for family buyers.