For its extra space, utility and comfort alone, the Peugeot 3008 would edge ahead – but its great little 1.6-litre turbo engine clinches the deal.
True, the 3008 will probably wear its miles less well than the Nissan Qashqai, and reliability reports suggest the Qashqai performs slightly better in terms of its dependability and repair costs. However, the 3008 is cheaper not only to run and to service, but also to buy if you're looking at cars of a similar vintage.
It's worth noting that lesser versions of the 3008 are harder to recommend, because unless you choose this 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine or the 2.0-litre diesel, you lose the Dynamic Ride Control system.
Cars without this are more cumbersome to drive and less comfortable, which tips the balance in favour of the Qashqai if you're comparing lower-specification diesel versions.
But if it's high-spec petrol versions you're choosing between, the 3008 is the better used car choice. Pick well, and look for an example that has been cared for and hasn't been abused, and you'll have a versatile and satisfying family hatchback with a welcome injection of SUV genes.
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1st – Peugeot 3008
For Great boot space; roomy interior; impressive 1.6 THP petrol engine
Against Seats are too soft; lesser versions aren't as impressive; interiors don't wear well
Verdict A versatile all-rounder, but only if you choose this higher specification
2nd – Nissan Qashqai
For Easy to drive and fun; hard-wearing interior; good reliability record
Against 2.0-litre petrol feels sluggish; high running costs; firm ride
Verdict Appealing and deservedly successful family car, but best served with a diesel engine
Specifications: Nissan Qashqai 2.0 Acenta 2WD
Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
List price when new £17,550
Price today £3000-10,500
Torque 142lb ft
Top speed 119mph
Fuel economy 34.4mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 192g/km
Specifications: Peugeot 3008 1.6 THP Sport
Engine size 1.6-litre petrol
List price when new £17,795
Price today £3000-10,000
Torque 177lb ft
Top speed 124mph
Fuel economy 48.2mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 176g/km
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