New Peugeot 3008 vs used BMW X1: which is best?

Striking good looks, a snazzy interior and plenty of standard equipment make a new Peugeot 3008 a great buy, but is it a better deal than a more upmarket used BMW X1?...

New Peugeot 3008 vs used BMW X1

Going through the awkward teenage phase can be an unpleasant experience with bad hair, acne and braces. But, as time goes on, you grow into your own skin, find a style of clothing that suits you and emerge from the chrysalis of the teen years into a fully formed adult. In the car world, the current-generation Peugeot 3008 has gone through a similar change, starting out as a gawky MPV before being reinvented as a trendy family SUV.

But Peugeot isn’t the only one getting into the SUV field, because BMW was one of the first premium brands to enter the fray. Then rivals from Mercedes-Benz and Audi joined this crowded marketplace, so the second-generation X1 had to really up its game, quickly toppling its challengers by being better to drive, even more efficient and very well equipped.

Both of these are perennial favourites of ours, but which one represents the best value for you? Should you go for a brand new Peugeot 3008 with a three-year manufacturer’s warranty, or should you save some money and get yourself a more upmarket BMW X1? Read on to find out.

Peugeot 3008 1.2 Puretech Active
List price £23,480 Target Price £22,294 Power 128bhp 0-62mph 10.8sec Top speed 117mph Economy 55.4mpg (NEDC average) CO2 117g/km 

BMW X1 sDrive18d SE

Price new £30,880 Price today £21,000* Power 148bhp 0-62mph 9.4sec Top speed 127mph Economy 61.4mpg (NEDC average) CO2 121g/km 

*Based on a 2017 model with average mileage and a full service history

New Peugeot 3008 vs used BMW X1 – interior & equipment


New Peugeot 3008 vs used BMW X1


If you know Peugeot interiors of old, you’ll know that they were dingy affairs that were constructed of plastics only acceptable in a cheap city car. With the new 3008, though, Peugeot has really gone to town with the design of it. Not only do you get an up-to-the-minute digital instrument display, but there’s also a large touchscreen infotainment system and fancy toggle switches that act as shortcut buttons. It’s all very swanky and much more interesting than the interiors of most other family SUVs. One or two scratchy plastics are still present, but they’re well hidden and don’t spoil the overall ambience.

Even though Active is the most basic 3008, it doesn’t feel it inside. As standard, you get dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and automatic emergency braking, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

Earlier, we talked about the BMW X1 being a premium offering, and it certainly feels like something that’s a cut above the rest when you step inside. Everywhere you look, there are dense, soft-touch plastics and quality fabrics. Yes, it is much duller looking inside than the 3008, but it feels much better constructed. In SE form, it mostly matches the 3008 for equipment, with the notable exception of standard automatic emergency braking. You do get sat-nav, though, which the 3008 does without in Active trim.

New Peugeot 3008 vs used BMW X1 – space & practicality


New Peugeot 3008 vs used BMW X1


Despite its elevated status, the X1 manages to be remarkably practical next to the 3008. Even the most awkwardly shaped drivers will find there’s plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel to get comfortable. Three across the rear seat is a bit of a squeeze, but two will find there’s more than enough space - especially when you slide the bench backwards for more leg room. The boot is a good size and should cope with the usual family detritus well, and there’s a handy 40/20/40 split-folding rear bench if you need additional luggage capacity. An electric tailgate is a nifty luxury and standard on all X1s.  

The 3008, on the other hand, isn’t quite so flexible. You get only a 60/40 split, although the seats fold down completely flat when you pull the levers in the boot. A height-adjustable boot floor means you can hide expensive items from view and cargo capacity is just as good as in the X1. 

Rear seat passengers don’t have to deal with an annoying central tunnel, because the 3008 has a flat floor. Three adults will still be rubbing shoulders and because there’s no sliding adjustment, leg room is tighter than it is in the X1.

Those up front will be fine, though, and some will appreciate the slightly higher driving position compared with the X1. Peugeot has also sorted out the quirks of its i-Cockpit driving position - where the dials need to be viewed above a small steering wheel - which means even a shorter driver can get comfortable.  

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