New Nissan Qashqai vs used Peugeot 5008: which is best?

A previous Car of the Year, the Nissan Qashqai, is now facing some stiff competition, particularly from used alternatives such as the Peugeot 5008. So, which is best?...

New Nissan Qashqai vs used Peugeot 5008: which is best?

It’s nice to be the first in your field. When the Nissan Qashqai came out, it caught the car industry napping and promptly romped home to sales victory unchallenged. However, times change, and our 2014 Car of the Year is facing much tougher competition these days, not just from other new cars but also nearly new alternatives.

Enter the Peugeot 5008. It may have come late to the party, but thanks to finely chiselled good looks and a swagger all its own, it has earnt the attention of the buying public. It also provides you with seven seats or a massive boot when the third row is folded down if you need to take on the role of a removals company.

As more and more examples of the 5008 become available on the used car market, you can find yourself wondering whether or not it’s a better recipient of your money. Or is the temptation of a new car just too great? Read on to find out.  

Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta Premium List Price £24,495 Target Price £23,037 Fuel economy 74.3mpg (NEDC) CO2 emissions 99g/km (NEDC) Power 113bhp 0-62mph 11.9sec Top speed 113mph

Peugeot 5008 1.6 BlueHDI Allure Price when new £28,125 Price today £23,990* Fuel economy 67.3mpg (NEDC) CO2 emissions 108g/km (NEDC) Power 118bhp 0-62mph 11.4sec Top speed 113mph

*Price today is based on a 2018 model with average mileage and a full service history

New Nissan Qashqai vs used Peugeot 5008 – interior & equipment

The design of the Qashqai's interior is getting on a bit, but it’s still a comfortable place to spend time, with lots of soft-touch plastics making it feel reasonably premium. What’s more, you get plenty of equipment for your money, including dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, a rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic emergency braking.

New Nissan Qashqai vs used Peugeot 5008: which is best?

The infotainment system has finally made it out of the dark ages and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Bluetooth. This means that you can bypass the slightly awkward operating system and use your phone instead for all your music and sat-nav needs. The screen itself is quite small by modern standards, but at least there are still physical buttons to use as shortcut keys.

Compared to the Qashqai, the 5008 seems like it was designed by someone from the next century. There are no physical dials relaying speed or engine revs; simply a 12.3in configurable digital readout that gives you a multitude of information and can even show the sat-nav map. You also get an 8.0in touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard to control the sat-nav, audio, climate control and vehicle settings, keeping the interior relatively free of buttons.

New Nissan Qashqai vs used Peugeot 5008: which is best?

Allure-spec 5008s come equally well equipped, but you get blindspot monitoring, a driver attention monitor and lane-keeping assistance on top of the what the Qashqai offers. Ambient interior lighting, picnic tables and rear window blinds are some additional thoughtful touches. You will find one or two areas of hard, scratchy plastic, but they’re well hidden and don’t spoil the overall ambience.

New Nissan Qashqai vs used Peugeot 5008 – space & practicality

Thanks to its superior size and seven-seat capability, the 5008 walks this section. No matter which way you look at it, the Qashqai simply isn’t as practical. Mind you, the 5008 is 5.3in longer and 1.2in wider, which could be a concern if parking is an issue for you.

If not, bask in the knowledge that whatever life throws your way, you’ll be able to fit it into the 5008. There are one or two weak spots, though. The glovebox is aptly named, because you’re unlikely to fit much in it besides hand protection, taller people in the third row will struggle for head room if the panoramic glass roof is fitted and the boot isn’t that big when all seven seats are in place. However, five people will have little trouble getting comfortable, because the rear bench is very wide and the front seats have lots of adjustment in them. Even Peugeot’s novel i-Cockpit layout works in an SUV setting, because the seat is set that much higher from the floor.

New Nissan Qashqai vs used Peugeot 5008: which is best?

Being strictly a five-seat car that’s a size down on the 5008 means that the Qashqai isn’t quite so accommodating. You’ll still find enough space inside for both driver and front passenger to get comfortable and both seats come with height adjustment. Rear leg room is good for the family SUV class but hardly outstanding, and anyone over 6ft tall will have their knees touching the back of the seat in front or their head touching the roof if the panoramic glass roof is fitted.

The boot is okay for the weekly shop but noticeably smaller than some rivals', including the Skoda Karoq. It does come with some handy dividers so you can prevent your groceries from making a bid for freedom around the boot floor, though.

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