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New Peugeot 5008 vs used Range Rover Sport: driving

The Peugeot 5008 is our large SUV champion as a new car, but is it still a compelling purchase when you can have a used Range Rover Sport for the same money?...

Range Rover Sport '15 plate front corner

New Peugeot 5008 vs used Range Rover Sport – driving

Performance, ride, handling, refinement

Unfortunately, the 5008 is found wanting in this section because while it is the most powerful diesel version in the range, it's 177bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is no match for the 302bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder in the Range Rover Sport. This was also reflected in the acceleration times, which were all noticeably slower than the Sport – despite that car weighing a hefty 650kg more. 

Refinement is also superior in the Sport, and given the £60,000 price tag when new, you'd expect it to be. Wind, road, and engine noise are very well suppressed and, despite it being billed as a sportier offering, you'll still find it a very relaxing way of covering long distances. Its standard air suspension also does a stellar job of ironing out road imperfections both in town and out on the motorway.

New Peugeot 5008 vs used Range Rover Sport side profile

If handling is a priority, try and find a Sport fitted with the optional Dynamic pack, which adds active anti-roll technology to help counteract body lean in bends. As it stands, examples without it won't corner quite so adroitly, but it'll still be nimble enough given the size and weight of the vehicle.

This is where the 5008 begins to win back some ground. It resists body movements really well and grips extremely well;  you can drive it more like you would a smaller car. The weighting of the steering is consistent, plus the brakes are strong enough that you can quickly wipe off excess speed. What it's not so good at is smothering out the lumps and bumps in the road; its 19in wheels and slim tyre sidewalls don't absorb such irregularities as well as lesser 5008 models do before they reach your rump. It also lets more suspension, road and wind noise inside, making journeys less effortless than the Sport.

Both cars have an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and both in their own way do an admirable job of smothering shifts on the move. The calibration of the 'box and the engine's response in the 5008 isn't as good as the Sport's; it can be very hesitant to get going from a stop, and you'll need a firm stab at the accelerator to get it to kick down a gear or two when overtaking

By contrast, in the Sport, you'll never forget that you're in a powerful luxury vehicle as it only requires a slight amount of accelerator pressure to get it rolling, and this makes it relaxing in heavy stop-start traffic. 

New Peugeot 5008 vs used Range Rover Sport

New Peugeot 5008 vs used Range Rover Sport – costs

Fuel economy, car tax, reliability

Just because a luxury vehicle is cheaper to buy second-hand doesn't mean it'll be any cheaper to run, so if you are tempted, better be prepared to fork out more to run one the Range Rover Sport than the 5008.

For starters, the Sport's fuel economy averages only 31.1mpg (as measured in WLTP tests) compared with the 47.3mpg of the 5008. Car tax will also be far pricier for Sport owners; while the 5008 is liable for the £150 flat rate of vehicle excise duty, the Sport attracts an additional levy of £325 because it cost over £40,000 when it was new. That takes the total to £475 per year, but at least this surcharge ends once the car is over six years old.

The 5008 will have a three-year or 60,000 mile manufacturer's warranty with it, while the factory cover on a 2017 Range Rover Sport will have expired. This can be extended for 12 months at a cost of £892, or £1042 if you want to also have UK and European roadside assistance. Alternatively, you buy your Sport through the Land Rover approved used scheme and get 12 months of cover included for free. 

New Peugeot 5008 vs used Range Rover Sport boot

A Peugeot 5008 2.0 BlueHDi GT auto lists for £38,180, but our New Car Buying service can get that price down to £37,808. Used prices for a 2017 Range Rover Sport with a 3.0 SDV6 engine and in HSE trim suggest £37,000 should get you a very nice example with below average mileage. Also bear in mind that the Sport has lost the biggest proportion of its value by now, while the 5008 will see a sharper decline in its first few years.

Things are less rosy for the Sport when you look at the latest What Car? Reliability survey data shows it in last place in the Luxury SUV category. What's more, Land Rover came last in the manufacturers' category, although, Peugeot didn't do brilliantly either in 25th out of 31 brands surveyed.