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Used test: Hyundai Tucson vs Peugeot 3008 vs Skoda Karoq costs

You can save around £10,000 on these stylish and practical SUVs by buying them at four years old, but which of our trio should you choose?...

Hyundai Tucson

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety

When these three cars were new, the Hyundai Tucson was the most expensive car here, followed closely by the Peugeot 3008, and the Skoda Karoq was the cheapest. Depreciation has taken effect over four years and caused our trio to all end up at around £16,000, meaning the Tucson has lost the most value and the Karoq the least. 

As standard from new, the Tucson is the only one with leather seats – and they’re heated in the front and back. The 3008 is the only one without heated front seats or keyless entry and start.

Peugeot 3008

The Tucson will work out the most expensive to own, with the worst fuel economy of the three at 37.7mpg – significantly lower than the Karoq's 52.3mpg average and the 3008's 55.4mpg average. Keep in mind this is under the older, less accurate NEDC tests, though. 

Adding to the Tucson's running costs is insurance. It's in the highest insurance group out of the three cars, at 26, meaning it will cost you around £719. The 3008 belongs to group 17, so it will be cheaper to insure at around £545. The Karoq, in group 15, comes in at around £501.

Hyundai offers fixed price servicing, with a full service of the Tucson costing £249. A major service of the 3008 comes in at £299, while the Karoq will be £456, but that plan does encompass two services. 

All three possess five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings, but if you look closer, you’ll find that the 3008 outperformed the others for adult occupant crash protection. The Tucson scored the most points for protecting children in a collision, but that was under an older set of criteria (from 2015). Of the other two cars, the 3008 performed better.

Skoda Karoq 2019 right side tracking shot

Automatic emergency braking (AEB) and a driver attention alert system are standard on all three cars, while the 3008 and Tucson also have blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assistance. The Tucson adds hill-start assist, rear cross-traffic alert and a speed-limit warning. It’s worth noting that while all three cars have Isofix child seat mounts on the outer rear seats, only the 3008 has one on the front passenger seat. This was an option on the Karoq but wasn’t available on the Tucson.

In our 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey the Tucson placed 10th out of 39 cars in the family SUV class. The Karoq came 12th and the 3008 came a disappointing 34th. As brands, Hyundai ranked an impressive joint fifth (with Suzuki) out of 32 manufacturers, while Skoda came 13th and Peugeot was a poor 28th.