As far as the Scout is concerned, the elephant in the room is the lower-priced Karoq SE L, which in 4x4 guise would give little if anything away to our test subject when it came to negotiating a muddy field or gravelly slope.

At £29,130, the SE L costs roughly £3000 less and still gets the Varioflex rear seats as standard, so the question you’ll need to ask is whether that premium is worthwhile for a modest exterior styling kit and a handful of interior options – however good value those extras are compared with speccing them individually.

Richard Lane

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Fairly high-spec Karoq’s list price looks strong but it should be competitive on monthly finance

Opting for front-wheel drive lowers the cost of Karoq ownership still further, so if your off-road exploits are likely to be truly marginal, perhaps a set of proper allroad tyres is the most cost-effective way forward with this car.

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