New Peugeot 5008 vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport – costs
Both of these cars will cost you roughly £25,000 to buy, although either could cost you even less if you happen to find or haggle a particularly good deal. However, because the Discovery will already have its most severe depreciation behind it, it’ll retain a far greater proportion of its value when you come to sell it on in a few years’ time. If you're buying on finance, mind you, you'll probably be able to find a deal with lower monthly repayments on the 5008 thanks to the wider range of finance options (and, of course, you can choose to lease with the 5008, too).
The big difference is that with the 5008, you get a full three years’ warranty thrown in. You’ll have to settle for a two-year-old Land Rover, which means you’ll only get around a year left of the original warranty, unless you can find an approved used example within budget, in which case Land Rover will throw in a two-year used car warranty.
The chances are you’ll need it, too. The Land Rover Discovery Sport came 25th out of 27 large SUVs featured in our latest What Car? Reliability Survey with a fairly dismal score of 43%, and Land Rover as a brand also came second to last. Mind you, the 5008 might not be much better; it was too new to feature in the survey, but Peugeot as a manufacturer came 27th, just four places above Land Rover.
The Peugeot also noses ahead of the Land Rover in terms of its fuel economy – which is particularly impressive when you consider it’s powered by petrol, whereas the Discovery Sport is a diesel. And because it’s powered by petrol, the fuel itself will also be slightly cheaper to buy for the 5008.
Some of the savings you make on fuel might be mitigated by the tax costs, mind you. The 5008’s CO2 emissions are much lower than the Discovery Sport’s, but because of the new tax arrangements that came in in April 2017, it’ll actually cost you £25 more to tax in your first year and £5 more per year thereafter.
New Peugeot 5008 vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport – alternatives
If you’re buying new, there’s a welter of seven-seat SUVs like the 5008 becoming available. The most obvious alternative is the Skoda Kodiaq, which is a terrific family hauler that majors on practicality and space, although you don’t get quite as much for your cash as you do with the Peugeot.
There’s also the Kia Sorento, which is costlier than the Peugeot, but it's just as comfortable and offers even more space, plus the bonus of a long warranty. And if you can live without the extra row of seats, you could also consider the Mazda CX-5, which is great fun to drive, well-built and very efficient in the real world.
On the used market, seven-seat SUVs of this size are fewer and further between. You’d have to go for an even older Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90 in order to match the Land Rover’s premium image for the same price, or settle for something a little more mainstream.
If five seats will do, you have much more choice. The BMW X3, for example, is a terrific SUV with a great blend of ride and handling, and it’s available for similar prices to the Discovery Sport. The Audi Q5, meanwhile, has one of the highest-quality interiors of any SUV going, and there are plenty around to choose from. And if neither of those floats your boat, the Volvo XC60 shares the Discovery Sport’s emphasis on comfort and quality and costs less to buy than most of its premium rivals.