Used test: Peugeot 3008 vs Nissan Qashqai
The new Peugeot 3008 will hit showrooms soon, but how does the previous version stack up as a used purchase against the Nissan Qashqai?...
What are they like inside?
A family car needs to be practical, but beside the Peugeot 3008 the Nissan Qashqai feels narrower and less spacious. Its central rear seat is a tighter squeeze, the roof lower and rear leg room less generous, while the boot is not as deep as the 3008’s square pit, either.
Adding to the 3008's practicality is a removable floor panel, which can be set at different heights to create a two-level load space. And while the split tailgate folds down at a higher level than the floor itself, the lower portion eases access to the load area and doubles as a handy seat.
A gigantic storage bin between the 3008's front seats compensates for a tiny glovebox. Plus, the rear seats fold flat at the pull of a lever to form a long, unobstructed load space that’s just about long enough to take a prone average adult. It isn’t a camper van, but could shelter you on a wet weekend. You’d be hard pushed to do the same in the Qashqai.
The 3008 has a posher dashboard and more upmarket trim, too, while the Qashqai’s hard black plastics now look a little dated. That said, the 3008's interior stands rough treatment less well than the Qashqai's, so an older 3008 will probably look shabbier than a Qashqai of a similar age.