New Nissan X-Trail & Peugeot 5008 vs Skoda Kodiaq

The arrival of new large seven-seat SUVs like the Peugeot 5008 and Nissan X-Trail means the pressure is on the class-leading Skoda Kodiaq. Let’s see how they stack up...

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What Car? team
24 November 2016

New Nissan X-Trail & Peugeot 5008 vs Skoda Kodiaq

Our verdict

It couldn’t have been closer between the Kodiaq and 5008, but there has to be a winner – and it’s the new 5008. Why? Well, practicality is a key reason people buy seven-seaters, so the fact that it edges the Kodiaq – provided you steer clear of that optional panoramic roof – is a big deal. The 5008 is also the most relaxing to drive.

That it was so close is proof that the Kodiaq is still an excellent choice. The main problem is that, in range-topping Edition trim with standard 19in wheels and no option to add the adaptive suspension available on four-wheel-drive versions, the ride is a little too ¬ rm. Plus, the Kodiaq will cost you more than the 5008 to run as a company car.

As will the X-Trail, which ends up third. Despite its refresh, it feels like the oldest car here, and while it is well equipped, that doesn’t make up for its flaws: a choppy ride, sloppy handling, relative lack of boot space and below-par refinement.

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1st – Peugeot 5008

New Nissan X-Trail & Peugeot 5008 vs Skoda Kodiaq

For Pliant ride; quietest cruiser; roomiest third-row seats and boot; cheapest company car tax

Against Dim-witted infotainment; poor head room with glass roof fitted; least well equipped

Recommended options Power tailgate/keyless go and entry (£750)

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Skoda Kodiaq

New Nissan X-Trail & Peugeot 5008 vs Skoda Kodiaq

For Tidy handling; most spacious middle-row seats; sturdiest interior; best infotainment

Against Firm ride; wind noise; poor third-row head room; gearbox dithers in traffic

Recommended options Reversing camera (£375), front parking sensors (£350)

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – Nissan X-Trail

New Nissan X-Trail & Peugeot 5008 vs Skoda Kodiaq

For Extremely well equipped; lots of safety kit; best real-world economy; cheapest to lease

Against Poor ride and handling; gruff engine; smallest boot; poor head room in middle row; tightest in third row

Recommended options Metallic paint (£575)

Rated 2 out of 5

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Specifications: Nissan X-Trail

Engine size 4cyl, 1598cc, diesel

List price £33,470

Target Price £31,833

Power 128bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 236Ib ft @ 1750rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 10.2sec

Top speed 116mph

Gov't fuel economy 55.4mpg

True MPG 45.1mpg

CO2 emissions 133g/km

Specifications: Peugeot 5008 2.0 BlueHDi 150 GT Line

Engine size 4cyl, 1997cc, diesel

List price £31,245

Target Price £31,245

Power 148bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 273Ib ft @ 2000rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 10.0sec

Top speed 129mph

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

True MPG 44.3mpg

CO2 emissions 118g/km

Specifications: Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 150 2WD DSG Edition 7st

Engine size 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel

List price £33,490

Target Price £32,000

Power 148bhp @ 3500-4000rpm

Torque 251Ib ft @ 1750-3000rpm

0-60mph 9.7sec

Top speed 123mph

Gov't fuel economy 52.3mpg

True MPG 42.8mpg

CO2 emissions 123g/km

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