Nissan X-Path vs Skoda Kodiaq vs Peugeot 5008

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Peugeot’s inventory is on the up because the agency revitalised its mannequin vary with new SUVs. First got here the 2008, after which it remodeled the 3008 from a quite dowdy providing to trendy household SUV. Now it’s the flip of the bigger 5008.

This seven-seat off-roader blends the practicality of a individuals service with a fascinating picture, helped by the expertise on provide. Add into the combo a line-up of environment friendly engines – together with the 1.2 PureTech petrol we’re testing right here – a high-quality cabin and loads of consolation and refinement, and the automobile is an actual contender.

Finest SUVs and 4x4s

Nonetheless, there’s one other mannequin hoping to achieve a slice of the market. Nissan’s revised X-Path guarantees a premium really feel and, with the 1.6 DIG-T petrol engine examined, extra tempo than its rivals.

The automobile each these newcomers should beat is the Skoda Kodiaq; Auto Specific’s Finest Giant SUV for 2017. This 1.Four TSI mannequin boasts extra energy than the Peugeot and loads of area for a rising household and baggage, so the 5008 and X-Path face an especially robust problem.

Peugeot 5008

Mannequin: Peugeot 5008 1.2 PureTech 130 GT Line
Value: £28,195
Engine: 1.2-litre 3cyl turbo petrol, 129bhp
Zero-60mph: 11.1 seconds
Check economic system: 41.9mpg/9.2mpl
CO2: 117g/km
Annual street tax: £140

The 5008’s child brother, the 3008, rose to the highest of its class, so Peugeot shall be hoping this mannequin can pull off the identical feat. Right here we check a £28,195 1.2 PureTech 130 model in GT Line trim.

The Peugeot isn’t as sharp to drive because the Skoda, however this household SUV does ship plenty of consolation. Its softer suspension set-up and lengthy wheelbase imply the automobile smothers worn tarmac, and the excellent news is that this doesn’t come on the expense of physique management, as a result of it retains actions in examine with a refined, pretty plush really feel.

Nonetheless, there’s a draw back to this suppleness, as a result of the Peugeot does undergo some roll in corners. To make issues worse, the small steering wheel makes it simple to show too shortly and upset the automobile’s equilibrium. Nonetheless, there’s a great stage of grip given the concessions to consolation.

An enormous, seven-seat SUV with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine may sound like a recipe for sluggish progress, however the unit’s turbocharger helps to ship most torque of 230Nm from simply 1,750rpm, which implies the 5008 really serves up some fairly respectable efficiency.

Though it’s the least highly effective automobile right here and presents the least torque, the Peugeot can also be the lightest of the trio at 1,310kg. Nonetheless, it was the slowest mannequin on check, accelerating from Zero-60mph in 11.1 seconds, and it wasn’t helped by the six-speed guide field’s woolly shifts. Nonetheless, it matched the Skoda in almost all of our in-gear assessments.

Consequently the Peugeot doesn’t really feel underpowered, and it’s way more versatile than the Nissan. It’s impressively refined, too; beneath load there’s a three-cylinder growl including some character, but it surely’s not a harsh tone and it settles down at motorway speeds. There’s not a lot street or wind noise, both.

Testers’ notes: “4-wheel drive isn’t provided. As a substitute, Grip Management lets you change the ESC settings to assist off street. It really works comparatively effectively for what most house owners will want.”

Nissan X-Path

Mannequin: Nissan X-Path DIG-T 163 N-Connecta 7-Seat
Value: £29,350
Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl turbo petrol, 161bhp
Zero-60mph: 10.2 seconds
Check economic system: 38.3mpg/eight.4mpl
CO2: 145g/km
Annual street tax: £140

After making some refined updates to the X-Path vary, Nissan is hoping that its seven-seat household 4×4 can nonetheless take the battle to newcomers such because the 5008 and present fashions just like the Kodiaq on this ever-expanding sector. Priced from £29,350 in N-Connecta trim (though our photos present a Tekna) with this 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, the Nissan has energy on its aspect. However is that this sufficient?

The Nissan isn’t as composed because the Peugeot. It’s upset extra by bumps and cambers, whereas the damping means the automobile reacts extra violently to potholes and bumps within the floor – particularly on the rear.

It’s additionally neither as responsive nor as rewarding to drive because the Skoda. The Nissan’s steering is properly weighted, nonetheless, and though it leans fairly a bit once you push it quicker by corners, it doesn’t ever really feel unsafe; just a bit uncontrolled subsequent to its extra composed rivals right here.

For related cash to the competitors you get extra horsepower, though the 1.6-litre turbo unit really delivers 10Nm much less torque than the Skoda, and better up at 2,000rpm.

Regardless of its on-paper energy benefit, the Nissan was really the slowest automobile at our check observe when it got here to in-gear acceleration, taking 13.eight seconds between 50 and 70mph in sixth gear.

Its 10.2-second Zero-60mph time was respectable, however mid-speed flexibility, not flat-out efficiency, is extra essential to SUV consumers, and the Nissan’s droney engine lacks punch. The gearchange isn’t as good because the Skoda’s, both, whereas the shift motion additionally feels flimsier than the Peugeot’s. Household 4x4s akin to these aren’t essentially probably the most fascinating vehicles to drive, however the Nissan’s rivals – the Skoda specifically – provide a bit extra engagement, which merely highlights its deficiencies on this regard.

Testers’ notes: “These vehicles will spend most of their time on the street, however in order for you four-wheel drive, solely diesel X-Trails include this tech. The identical goes for an computerized gearbox.”

Skoda Kodiaq

Mannequin: Skoda Kodiaq 1.Four TSI 4×4 SE 7-Seat
Value: £27,235
Engine: 1.Four-litre 4cyl turbo petrol, 148bhp
Zero-60mph: 9.eight seconds
Check economic system: 43.5mpg/9.6mpl
CO2: 156g/km
Annual street tax: £140

So far, the diesel-powered Skoda Kodiaq has fended off all challenges from newer seven-seat 4x4s, retaining its crown as our Finest Giant SUV. Nonetheless, right here it’s examined in 1.Four TSI kind, costing from £27,235 in mid-spec SE trim.

The Skoda is by far probably the most driver-focused of the three giant off-roaders on check right here.

For a high-riding car it corners comparatively flatly, with roll managed pretty effectively. The steering is weighty and strong, and you’ll lean on the grippy chassis surprisingly exhausting. It’s a pleasant trait in case you worth driving enjoyable, however many consumers on this section don’t, and the firmer journey in consequence means the Skoda doesn’t provide fairly as a lot consolation because the Peugeot.

Nonetheless, whereas the bumps are noticeable, the shock absorbers management wheel motion effectively, rounding off bumps properly. Put merely, it’s higher damped than the Nissan and presents superior physique management in contrast with the Peugeot, even when the softer 5008 would be the comfier automobile on lengthy journeys.

The Skoda’s repute because the sportier mannequin was strengthened by its revvy engine. With 148bhp and probably the most torque at 250Nm, its Zero-60mph time of 9.eight seconds was the quickest on check. It was helped by the tight, mechanical-feeling and properly exact six-speed guide field that permits quick adjustments, gaining time on the much less correct transmissions in its rivals. Nonetheless, regardless that the Skoda is extra involving, the Peugeot was its match when it got here to our in-gear acceleration assessments.

Testers’ notes: “Even in petrol guise, the Kodiaq’s 2,000kg towing restrict is identical because the diesels. It’s additionally the very best of this trio, so in case you intend to drag a trailer, the Skoda shall be your finest wager.”

Verdict

First place: Peugeot 5008

Peugeot’s 5008 has aped the profitable recipe of the 3008, including seating for seven. On this spec it’s extra inexpensive, higher geared up and extra comfy than the Kodiaq, and whereas it’s not fairly nearly as good to drive, it’ll be cost-effective to run. A lot of tech and practicality mix with a lovely listing worth (together with PCP) to make this downsized giant petrol SUV a likeable alternative.

Second place: Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda’s Kodiaq remains to be the selection for keener drivers. The responsive engine and optimistic gearbox are good, however the Skoda remains to be composed and comparatively comfy. It mixes this with usability and tech – though some objects are optionally available on SE trim. With all guide fashions getting 4×4, CO2 emissions are greater, however the efficiency advantages aren’t that nice over the 5008.

Third place: Nissan X-Path

The X-Path’s updates are too refined to permit it to compete towards two of the most effective vehicles within the enterprise right here. It doesn’t have such a high-quality really feel and is missing by way of infotainment. There’s no doubting the Nissan’s versatility, and it even drives acceptably, however that’s not ok in such a aggressive class. These components mixed imply the X-Path is an also-ran on this check.

Different choices on this class

Renault Koleos dCi 130 Dynamique S Nav

Value: £27,500
Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl, 128bhp

The Koleos is a brilliant five-seat SUV, scaling up the recipe that received the smaller Kadjar reward. Nonetheless, in contrast to its little brother, you’ll be able to solely get this automobile with a diesel engine, so if petrol energy is a should, you might need to look elsewhere.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.2 PureTech 130 Aptitude

Value: £26,815
Engine: 1.2-litre 3cyl, 128bhp

When you want seven seats however fashion isn’t so essential to you, our favorite MPV, the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, is certainly value a glance. It’s much more versatile than these SUVs, and in Aptitude trim will get an excellent stage of package, and also you’ll avoid wasting money, too.

Figures

Peugeot 5008 1.2 PureTech 130 GT Line Skoda Kodiaq 1.Four TSI 4×4 SE 7 Seat

Nissan X-Path DIG-T 163 N-Connecta 7 Seat

On the street worth/whole as examined £28,195/£32,320 £27,235/£27,235 £29,350/£29,350
Residual worth (after 3yrs/36,000) £11,774/41.eight% £11,324/41.6% £11,376/38.eight%
Depreciation £16,421 £15,911 £17,974
Annual tax legal responsibility std/greater fee £1,231/£2,462 £1,601/£three,202 £1,629/£three,259
Annual gasoline value (12okay/20okay miles) £1,549/£2,582 £1,492/£2,487 £1,695/£2,825
Ins. group/quote/street tax value 12/£485/£140 15/£438/£140 18/£623/£140
Price of 1st/2nd/third service £13 monthly (3yrs) £279 (2yrs) £189/£259/£189
Size/wheelbase Four,641/2,840mm Four,697/2,791mm Four,690/2,705mm
Top/width 1,646/1,844mm 1,655/1,882mm 1,710/1,820mm
Engine 3cyl in-line/1,199cc 4cyl in-line/1,395cc 4cyl in/1,618cc
Peak energy/revs 129/5,500 bhp/rpm 148/5,000 bhp/rpm 161/5,600 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs 230/1,750 Nm/rpm 250/1,500 Nm/rpm 240/2,000 Nm/rpm
Transmission 6-speed man/fwd 6-speed man/fwd 6-speed man/fwd
Gas tank capability/spare wheel 56 litres/area saver 60 litres/£100 60 litres/sure
Boot capability (7/5/2 seats) 167/952/2,042 litres 270/560-765/2,005 l 135/445/1,996 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight 1,310/810/1,200kg 1,658/762/2,000kg 1,460/750/1,800kg
Turning circle 11.2 metres 11.6 metres 11.2 metres
Primary guarantee (miles)/restoration 3yrs (60,000)/1yr 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs
Service intervals/UK sellers 10,000 miles (1yr)/283 Variable/135 12,000 (1yr)/221
Driver Energy producer/seller pos. 13th/ninth 2nd/fifth 20th/25th
NCAP: Grownup/little one/ped./help/stars 86/85/67/58/5 (2016) 92/77/71/54/5 (2017) 86/83/75/75/5 (2014)
Zero-60/30-70mph 11.1/10.three secs 9.eight/9.2 secs 10.2/eight.eight secs
30-50mph in third/4th Four.Four/6.6 secs Four.2/5.6 secs Four.5/6.7 secs
50-70mph in fifth/sixth eight.7/11.Zero secs eight.6/11.2 secs 9.6/13.eight secs
Prime pace/rpm at 70mph 117mph/2,400rpm 121mph/2,500rpm 124mph/2,250rpm
Braking 70-Zero/60-Zero/30-0mph 48.three/34.6/eight.3m 49.7/37.eight/11.1m 50.2/36.three/10.4m
Noise outdoors/idle/30/70mph 68/52/60/71dB 70/53/61/70dB 69/53/64/71dB
Auto Specific econ. (mpg/mpl)/vary 41.9/9.2/516 miles 43.5/9.6/574 miles 38.three/eight.Four/505 miles
Govt city/extra-urban/mixed 47.1/62.eight/55.4mpg 34.Zero/47.1/40.9mpg 35.eight/53.three/45.6mpg
Govt city/extra-urban/mixed 10.Four/13.eight/12.2mpl 7.5/10.Four/9.0mpl 7.9/11.7/10.0mpl
Precise/claimed CO2/tax bracket 156/117g/km/22% 150/156g/km/30% 170/145g/km/28%
Airbags/Isofix/park sensors/digicam Six/sure/sure/sure Seven/sure/sure/£500 Six/sure/sure/sure
Auto field/stability/cruise management/AEB No/sure/sure/sure £1,300/sure/sure/sure No/sure/sure/sure
Local weather management/leather-based/heated seats Sure/£1,990/£560 Sure/£1,600/£250 Sure/no/no
Metallic paint/LED lights/keyless go £675/sure/sure £555/no/£200 £575/no/sure
Sat-nav/USB/DAB radio/Bluetooth Sure/sure/sure/sure £755/sure/sure/sure Sure/sure/sure/sure