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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Infotainment systems

Nissan X-Trail

The X-Trail’s system is relatively easy to use via the physical shortcut buttons and touchscreen icons. However, it doesn’t respond as quickly as the Kodiaq’s system. The screen is the smallest here and the graphics look dated. There’s no smartphone interface, either, but you can use sites such as Facebook, Twitter and TripAdvisor using the NissanConnect app. The standard stereo sounds okay; you can’t upgrade to a Bose system on seven-seat models.

Peugeot 5008

The 5008’s system is good but also frustrating. It has features such as SOS assist, which will call you after an accident and, if there’s no response, use GPS to direct help to you. Wireless charging and smartphone mirroring – which operates your phone’s apps via the screen – are standard and the optional Focal stereo sounds great. Here’s the β€˜but’: the touchscreen is slow to respond and fiddly to use, plus the graphics aren’t nearly as crisp as the Kodiaq’s.

Skoda Kodiaq

Edition trim has been updated; pictured here is the old 8.0in screen. Order one today and you’ll get a crystal-clear 9.2in screen with snappy menus that are dead easy to decipher. It’s a shame that the upgrade loses the rotary controls pictured, leaving more fiddly touch-sensitive buttons for the volume. It’s packed with the latest features, including online services from news to traffic reports. The standard stereo is good, but a Canton 10-speaker upgrade is also available.

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