What will they cost?
Most buyers will choose to take out finance and it’s here where the Nissan Qashqai plays its trump card. Put down a £5000 deposit on a three-year PCP agreement and you’ll pay back £292 a month, compared with £305 for the Kia Sportage and £318 for the Seat Ateca. All of these deals limit you to 10,000 miles a year and you’ll need to stump up a hefty 'balloon' payment at the end of the term if you want to own the car outright.
However, if you have a big enough wallet to pay cash upfront the Sportage will cost you least in the long run. It’s predicted to hold onto its value better than the Qashqai and almost as well as the Ateca, which more than makes up for its relatively pricey yearly road tax (VED) bills.
The Ateca will cost you fractionally the most to own privately over three years, although that’s largely because our Target Price mystery shoppers weren’t able to haggle any sort of discount.
You’ll probably want to steer clear of the Sportage if you’re a company car driver, though; the fact it pumps out more CO2 than its rivals means it’ll cost you the most each month in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. Assuming you’re a 40% rate taxpayer, you’ll have to sacrifice £9665 of your salary over the next three years – £480 more than you’ll pay for the Ateca and £895 more than it’ll cost you to run the Qashqai over the same period.
We’ve lined up the Ateca and Qashqai in their most expensive trims, while our chosen Sportage is the plushest version available with the 134bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine. That means all of our trio come with creature comforts such as leather seats, climate control, sat-nav, a reversing camera and automatic lights and wipers. You get heated front seats in all three, too, while the Sportage even has heated seats in the back. Then again, the Sportage misses out on LED headlights, keyless entry and push-button start – all things the Ateca and Qashqai get as standard.
It’s also very disappointing that the Sportage isn't available with automatic emergency braking; this crucial safety feature is standard on the Ateca and Qashqai. Mind you, the Sportage does come with lane-keep assist, a system that can apply small steering inputs to stop you accidentally wandering out of your lane on the motorway. The Qashqai has a similar system but simply warns if you drift out of your lane without indicating, while both cars automatically display the speed limit of the road you’re driving down on the dashboard. These features and more are all available on the Ateca, but only if you’re prepared to pay extra.
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