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

Our verdict

The Skoda Karoq may not be the most exciting car in the world, but it’s one of the very best family SUVs you can buy. It’s practical, good to drive and generously equipped, and given that it’s also the cheapest option, both to buy and to own, the Karoq is the clear winner in this comparison test.

In second place is the Peugeot 3008. It has a wonderful interior that feels like it’s from the class above, is affordable to run and is supremely practical (as long as you don’t tick the box for the optional panoramic roof). Indeed, the 3008 is only really let down by a lukewarm driving experience.

Bringing up the rear is the facelifted Hyundai Tucson. Yes, it’s well equipped and has the strongest engine of our trio, but it also has a dated interior, a choppy ride, vague steering and disappointing fuel economy. Put simply, the Tucson remains an also-ran in the competitive family SUV class.

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1st – Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq

For Most enjoyable handling; clever rear seats; biggest boot; great value

Against Suspension noise; big lip at boot entrance

Recommended options Traffic sign recognition (£75), Family Pack (£120)

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008

For Stunning interior; most frugal engine; best crash test performance

Against Vague clutch and gearshift; so-so performance

Recommended options Metallic paint (£525), keyless entry and start (£350)

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson

For Lots of standard equipment; most powerful engine; impressive warranty

Against Unsettled ride; thirsty engine; vague steering; mediocre interior quality

Recommended options Metallic paint (£665)

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T-GDi 177 Premium

Engine 4cyl, 1591cc, turbo, petrol

List price £27,745

Target Price £26,366

Power 175bhp at 5000rpm

Torque 196Ib ft at 1500-4500rpm

Gearbox Six-speed manual

0-60mph 8.8sec

Top speed 125mph

Gov't fuel economy 37.7mpg

Test MPG 29.2mpg

CO2 emissions 173g/km

Specifications: Peugeot 3008 1.2 Puretech 130 GT Line

Engine 3cyl, 1199cc, turbo, petrol

List price £27,180

Target Price £25,799

Power 129bhp at 5500rpm

Torque 170Ib ft at 1750rpm

Gearbox Six-speed manual

0-60mph 10.5sec

Top speed 117mph

Gov't fuel economy 55.4mpg

Test MPG 38.6mpg

CO2 emissions 117g/km

Specifications: Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE L

Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol

List price £24,975

Target Price £23,394

Power 148bhp at 5000-6000rpm

Torque 184Ib ft at 1500-3500rpm

Gearbox Six-speed manual

0-60mph 9.1sec

Top speed 126mph

Gov't fuel economy 52.3mpg

Test MPG 37.6mpg

CO2 emissions 125g/km