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Used SUVs tested: Nissan Qashqai vs Peugeot 3008 vs Skoda Yeti

These three family-friendly SUVs are all a manageable size and easy to drive. But which makes the best used buy?

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What are they like inside?

These cars will all be family mules, so it’s just as well that all three are roomy in the front. They’ve got comfortable driving positions and plenty of adjustment in the seats and steering wheel. The Yeti caters for tall front passengers best, though, with the most head and leg room.

The Qashqai might have the least head room, but it compensates with a penthouse view of the road ahead. You sit up high in the 3008, too, whereas the Yeti’s seats are much lower. This makes it feel the most car-like from the driver’s seat.

Rear passengers will be happiest in the Yeti, assuming the sliding rear seats are as far back as they’ll go, because it has almost as much leg room as in the Qashqai, plus a lot more head room. The Peugeot has fixed rear seats, as does the Nissan, but rear knee room isn’t as generous as in the Yeti.

The 3008 hits back with the biggest and cleverest boot. The three-stage floor lets you divide the space into two; in its highest setting, you can place items on top for easy access and have plenty of underfloor storage, while dropping the floor to its lowest level gives you maximum boot space.

If you need to carry bigger loads, the Yeti’s sliding rear seats come in handy again, because you can pinch some space from rear passengers. If you need even more room, the seats also tumble forward or can be removed, although they’re heavy and awkward to lift should you want to take them out completely.

The rear seatbacks in the other two cars simply fold onto their bases, but the Qashqai’s don’t lie as flat as the Peugeot’s, which is irritating when you’re loading large, flat items.

The 3008 has the classiest interior, with soft-touch materials throughout, although it’s a shame the controls for the infotainment system are confusing and difficult to reach. The Yeti’s dashboard looks plain, but quality is impressive and the dashboard couldn’t be simpler to understand.

The Qashqai’s dashboard doesn’t look as swanky as its rivals’, but the centre console is well designed and the controls are a doddle to use.

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