Used test: Peugeot 5008 vs Seat Tarraco – costs

Buy either of these large and practical seven-seat SUVs at a couple of years old and you'll save yourself some cash, but which one deserves your money?...

Seat Tarraco

What will they cost? 

New, the Tarraco was marginally the more expensive car. Buy them as here, though, at a couple of years old, and it’s the cheaper car by nearly £2000. That’s good, initially, when you’re buying the car, but beware – it’s a sign that the Tarraco depreciates at a faster rate than the 5008, and that means if you keep your car for a few years you’ll lose more when you come to sell it. 

2018 Peugeot 5008 boot open RHD

This all adds to the overall running costs of a car, of course, and on that front it’s further bad news for the Tarraco because you’ll need to dig deeper into your pockets for insurance and petrol (the Tarraco averaged 34.5mpg in our tests, compared with the 5008’s 40.8mpg).

The 5008 finished mid-table in the large SUV class in our most recent reliability survey, while the Tarraco didn’t feature. Seat as a brand finished in 15th place, while Peugeot finished in 18th place out of 31 manufacturers. 

Seat Tarraco boot

There isn’t much to separate the two cars for standard luxuries from new, although the Tarraco has the edge; it trumps the 5008 with LED headlights and metallic paint, while its more sophisticated climate control system allows rear passengers to dial in a different temperature from those in the front.

Both cars come with automatic emergency city braking, lane-keeping assistance, a driver tiredness monitor and an SOS button that you can use to contact the emergency services if required. The 5008 adds blind spot monitoring and has been awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP, as has the Tarraco.

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