Buying used: Nissan Qashqai v. Peugeot 3008 v. Skoda Yeti

Buying used: Nissan Qashqai v. Peugeot 3008 v. Skoda Yeti
Buying used: Nissan Qashqai v. Peugeot 3008 v. Skoda Yeti

Second-hand family-friendly SUVs go head-to-head; what makes the best buy?

Family SUVs have come a long way in recent years. Thanks to the arrival of the Nissan Qashqai, no longer are you limited to outsized, compromised gas-guzzlers that give limited driving pleasure. The hugely popular Japanese newcomer set a fresh benchmark for the sector, combining the high-riding stance, commanding view out and easy access of its predecessors with manageable family hatchback dimensions.

The imitators have since flowed thick and fast, and include the Peugeot 3008 and Skoda Yeti, which have both enjoyed similar success to the Nissan. Back in 2012, we reckoned the then-freshly facelifted Qashqai was still the best of the three; five years on, we pitch the trio head-to-head on the used market to see if that conclusion still stands.

Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi 130 Visia S/S

Engine: 1.6-litre diesel
List price when new: £19,695
Price today: £8000
Power: 128bhp
Torque: 236lb ft
0-60mph: 10.3sec
Top speed: 116mph
Fuel economy: 62.8mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions: 119g/km

We’ve picked a first-generation (2007-2013) Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi 130 Visia, which cost £19,695 new and is worth around £8000 today. This 1.6-litre diesel is the model’s best engine. The Peugeot 3008 1.6 e-HDI Access EGC (2009-2016) was £19,845 new, and today fetches £6500 second-hand. It’s another strong diesel, with a high-quality cabin and great versatility. Finally, the Skoda Yeti 1.6 TDI Greenline II SE (2009-2013) was £18,505 and is now £8000. It has a huge cabin and versatile seating, while being cheap to run and fun to drive, too. All prices are based on a 2012 model with average mileage and full service history.

Engine and driving

On the road, the trio’s respective 1.6 diesels keep down emissions and maximise efficiency. The Nissan’s engine is the most powerful and torquey, pulling especially well above 1800rpm. And while the Skoda’s is the weakest unit that needs to be worked harder through its rather long-geared transmission, it easily outperforms the Peugeot, as that model’s semi-auto – the sole non-manual gearbox here – is slow-witted and jerky.

Skoda Yeti 1.6 TDI Greenline II SE

Engine: 1.6-litre diesel
List price when new: £18,505
Price today: £8000
Power: 103bhp
Torque: 184lb ft
0-60mph: 11.8sec
Top speed: 107mph
Fuel economy: 61.4mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions: 119g/km

The Qashqai’s dynamics are the most SUV-like here. Its soft ride soaks up bumps well, but the body rolls substantially in corners. At least the lean is progressive and the steering direct. The car-like Yeti has little body sway, plenty of front-end grip and good steering feedback, but the ride is choppy at all speeds. Without the Dynamic Roll Control of sportier models, the 3008 leans nearly as much as the Qashqai, and the firm ride can send shudders through the cabin. At least the steering is quick and light. The Skoda is the least refined at speed, with the Nissan’s occupants are best isolated from wind, engine and road noise.

Interior

These family wagons are all roomy in the front, with comfortable and adjustment driving positions. The Qashqai and 3008 have the best view out, whereas the Yeti’s has a much lower, almost car-like feel. In the rear, the latter’s passengers fare the best for space.

The prize for the biggest and cleverest boot goes to the Peugeot, with its three-stage floor that lets you divide the versatile space into two. Meanwhile, the Skoda’s sliding, tumbling and removable rear seats allow plenty of load options.

Soft-touch cabin materials give the Peugeot the classiest feel, but its infotainment controls aren’t especially user-friendly. At the other end of the spectrum is the Skoda’s simple, if slightly plain, dash, which is also very well built. The Nissan’s dash is well designed and easy to use.

Running costs

Peugeot 3008 1.6 e-HDi Access EGC

Engine: 1.6-litre diesel
List price when new: £19,845
Price today: £6500
Power: 110bhp
Torque: 199lb ft
0-60mph: 12.8sec
Top speed: 109mph
Fuel economy: 60.1mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions: 122g/km

The 3008 is the cheapest contender of the three to buy as it’s lost the bulk of its value already, while the other two cost about the same thanks to stronger residuals. The Peugeot is also the cheapest car to service, with the Yeti close behind. While the Nissan costs more to maintain, it is rated by the What Car? Reliability Index as the most reliable; surprisingly, the Skoda is rated as the least reliable. Some owners have also said that diesel Yetis subject to the Volkswagen Group’s emissions fix are now different to drive.

Fuel and taxation costs are higher for the 3008; its 60.1mpg isn’t far off the others’ economy figures, but its emissions sit just the wrong side of the 121g/km threshold, so it’ll cost £110 a year to tax. Its rivals cost £30. In this entry-level Access trim, the Peugeot isn’t very well specced, either, as it has little beyond its air-con, stereo and front electric windows. Both competitors get rear powered windows, alloys and an Aux input, too, and the base Qashqai Visia adds Bluetooth, while the higher-spec Yeti SE also includes climate control and rear parking sensors.

Verdict

Each car majors in different areas. The Peugeot’s classy cabin, clever boot and refinement make it a pleasure to live with; in a higher trim with Dynamic Ride Control, it would address the dynamic issues and slow-witted semi-auto box, but cost more. As it is, as the cheapest car here it’s worth considering, but bear in mind those low kit levels and higher fuel and tax costs.

If this test were solely about space and practicality, the family-friendly Skoda’s huge luggage area, flexible rear seats, generous kit and surprising agility would give it the win. Yet this Greenline variant’s pursuit of low emissions brings compromises including overly long gearing, while it’s noisy, too. It’s brilliant in some areas, but disappointing in others.

After all these years, the Nissan still emerges as the victor, even in this base form. It’s well equipped, roomy, good on the road and has a fine driving position. It’s quieter and more comfortable than the similarly priced Skoda, and doesn’t make the same driving sacrifices for efficiency. The original still rules the roost.

 

 

 

 

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