New Hyundai Tucson vs Peugeot 3008 vs Skoda Karoq
With some exterior styling tweaks and a revamped interior, can the facelifted Hyundai Tucson challenge the attractive Peugeot 3008 and our favourite sub-£30k family SUV, the Skoda Karoq?...
Behind the wheel
Driving position, visibility, build quality
From a purely aesthetic point of view, many will find the 3008’s interior most alluring; the metal highlights and cloth dashboard inserts make it look really posh inside. The materials feel classy and expensive, too.
The Karoq is more understated, but it feels most suited to the rigours of family life, thanks to an even better fit and finish. The Tucson’s interior feels the cheapest of the bunch, despite the updates; there are too many hard plastics that are easily marked.
All three cars have a height-adjustable driver’s seat, adjustable lumbar support and a reach and rake-adjustable steering wheel, so finding your ideal driving position shouldn’t be too taxing. Only the Tucson and 3008 have electric seat adjustment as standard; it’s a £950 option in the Karoq. That said, the Karoq’s seat is the most comfortable and supportive, while our testers found the 3008’s to be the least comfy, because the base and seatback are curiously curved.
In terms of visibility, the Karoq is leagues ahead, with big front, side and rear windows. There’s even an unencumbered over-the-shoulder view, thanks to thin rear pillars. Both the Tucson and 3008 suffer from relatively high window lines and narrow rear windows. Thankfully, all three come with front and rear parking sensors as standard, as well as reversing cameras.