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?...

Hyundai Tucson rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

SUVs ought to be spacious, so it might be a surprise to learn that the 3008 feels rather cramped for head room. Why? Well, our 3008 test car came with an optional £870 panoramic sunroof that had a drastic impact on head room – particularly in the back, where taller passengers have to tilt their head or slouch to keep their hair away from the ceiling. Without the roof, the 3008 offers head room that’s roughly on a par with the Tucson, but neither car comes close to the Karoq. There’s similarly decent shoulder room and knee room in all three cars.

The Tucson has the most rear leg room. The Karoq and 3008 are tied on this front, but both still have plenty for six-footers. However, the Karoq has a clever trick up its sleeve; its Varioflex rear seats can slide back and forth, recline or even be removed completely. You can at least adjust the angle of the Tucson’s rear seatbacks, whereas the 3008’s rear seats are fixed.

Peugeot 3008 rear seats

Things are closer when it comes to boot space, but the Karoq and 3008 just have the edge over the Tucson. They have taller and squarer load bays and the 3008 has a height-adjustable boot floor, which creates a space underneath for delicate items and, in its highest setting, means there’s no lip at the boot entrance. The Karoq’s big lip makes loading and unloading heavy objects a pain.

Skoda Karoq rear seats

The Tucson’s boot capacity is roughly on a par with the 3008’s, but its load area is the shallowest. Both fitted eight carry-on suitcases below their load covers, while the Karoq’s boot managed nine.

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson boot

The Tucson’s load area is hampered by the intruding rear wheel arches. That said, the fold-out bag hooks, tethering points and multi-position load bay cover are useful.

Boot 513-1503 litres Suitcases 8

Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008 boot

The boot is a usable space with no awkward intrusions. An adjustable boot floor allows you to create a separate space beneath and, in its highest setting, means there’s no lip at the entrance.

Boot 512-1604 litres Suitcases 8

Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq boot

SE L models gain sliding and reclining rear seats, but miss out on a height-adjustable boot floor, so there’s a hefty lip at the boot entrance. It can swallow the most carry-on suitcases, though.

Boot 521-1630 litres Suitcases 9

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