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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Nissan X-Trail

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

There are currently no discounts available on the 5008 – expect that to change soon though – but, even so, it’s the cheapest cash buy at Β£31,245. The maximum you should pay after haggling for the others is around Β£32,000.

But three years down the line, the X-Trail will have shed the most value. Both the 5008 and Kodiaq are expected to depreciate at much more respectable rates.

In our real-world fuel economy tests, all returned miles per gallon in the mid-40s, although the X-Trail is fractionally the most efficient and the Kodiaq thirstiest. If you’re a business user, the 5008’s lower CO2 emissions drop your benefit-in-kind tax payments by around Β£55 per month (for a 40% tax payer) compared with the other two. The 5008 is the most expensive to lease, though.

PCP finance quotes weren’t available for the 5008 at the time of writing, but with a Β£3500 deposit on a three-year term, driving 10,000 miles per year, the Kodiaq and X-Trail will both cost you around Β£430 per month.

Good news if you like your toys: all of our trio come well equipped. The X-Trail has the most luxuries, including a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. Other than metallic paint, there’s nothing we’d suggest adding.

In the Kodiaq, we’d recommend front parking sensors (Β£350) and possibly adaptive cruise control (Β£300) if you do lots of motorway miles. The Β£1990 pack that offers an electric driver’s seat in the 5008 includes massaging and memory functions in that seat and nappa leather trim throughout (the others come with leather as standard), but that’s a lot of money. Try the standard seats and decide if you think the extra outlay is worthwhile. You might also want add keyless entry and a gesture-controlled, powered tailgate (for Β£750).

All three cars received five-star ratings from Euro NCAP and have excellent levels of safety kit. This includes automatic emergency braking, blindspot monitoring and lane departure warning; the 5008 and Kodiaq will actually nudge you back into line as well. The X-Trail also warns you if you are about to reverse into the path of a crossing car, while the 5008 has an SOS emergency call button.

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