New Kia Sorento & Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace vs Peugeot 5008

With two extra seats than usual, the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is ready to take on the class-leading Peugeot 5008 and Kia’s latest Sorento. Let’s see how it gets on...

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What Car? team
31 March 2017

Our verdict

Before we announce the verdict, it’s worth mentioning that each of these SUVs has a different set of skills. Just because your favourite didn’t win doesn’t mean you should rule it out. Take the Sorento. Hefty running costs, lumbering handling and the lack of automatic emergency braking mean it has to finish last. But it is actually the most practical car here.

In second place is the 5008. While this might be a surprise, given that it’s our favourite large SUV, this car makes far more sense at the lower end of its range. Cheaper trims bring a softer ride (due to smaller wheels) and the ability to avoid the head room-robbing panoramic roof.

So our champion in this match-up is the Tiguan. It has the least roomy third row and its interior is a bit drab, but it’s the most comfortable, the most enjoyable to drive and still significantly more practical than a five-seat SUV. It’s a narrow victory, but a win’s a win.

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1st – Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

New Kia Sorento & Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace vs Peugeot 5008

For Comfy ride; enjoyable handling; strong resale values

Against Cramped rearmost row; interior quality could be better

Recommended options Adaptive dampers (£810), metallic paint (£570)

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Peugeot 5008

New Kia Sorento & Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace vs Peugeot 5008

For Well equipped; strong in-gear performance; funky interior; cheap to run

Against Firm ride; panoramic roof robs head room; lowest towing capacity

Recommended options Metallic paint (£525)

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – Kia Sorento

New Kia Sorento & Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace vs Peugeot 5008

For Best third-row space; largely comfortable ride; highest towing weight; huge boot

Against Pricey to run; no automatic emergency braking; most cumbersome handling

Recommended options Metallic paint (£615)

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi AWD KX-3 auto

Engine size 4cyl, 2199cc, diesel

List price £38,695

Target Price £35,550

Power 197bhp @ 3800rpm

Torque 325Ib ft @ 1750-2750rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 9.4sec

Top speed 127mph

Gov't fuel economy 43.5mpg

CO2 emissions 170g/km


Specifications: Peugeot 5008 2.0 BlueHDi 180 GT

Engine size 4cyl, 1997cc, diesel

List price £35,695

Target Price £33,927

Power 179bhp @ 3750rpm

Torque 295Ib ft @ 2000rpm

Gearbox 6-spd automatic

0-60mph 9.3sec

Top speed 131mph

Gov't fuel economy 58.9mpg

CO2 emissions 124g/km


Specifications: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI 190 4Motion SEL DSG

Engine size 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel

List price £37,730

Target Price £35,353

Power 187bhp @ 3500-4000rpm

Torque 295Ib ft @ 1900-3300rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph 8.7sec

Top speed 130mph

Gov't fuel economy 47.9mpg

CO2 emissions 153g/km

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