A two-year-old Land Rover Discovery Sport costs the same as a brand new Peugeot 5008, but which offers better value?
If you’re shopping for a new seven-seater at the moment, chances are your head has been turned by the glut of new seven-seat SUVs that have been hitting the market lately, which combine the oh-so-popular SUV stance with a spacious interior that allows you to carry seven people.
Of these, one of the best is the new Peugeot 5008. It’s particularly good inside, with an interior that matches flexible seating to a stylish, high-quality dashboard and comfortable seats. But on the outside, too, the 5008 is a bit of a head-turner, and with low CO2 emissions, it’s cheap to run.
The thing is, for the same price as a new 5008, you could have the cachet of a Land Rover badge. Granted, you’ll have to buy used – but if you’re prepared to do so, a Land Rover Discovery Sport could be yours for no more than the cost of the Peugeot. Tempted? Read on to find out whether buying new or used makes the most sense for you.
*** Note : £1 = $1.33 (correct at time of post)
Peugeot 5008 1.2 PureTech 130 Allure
- List Price: £26,295
- Target price: £25,088
- Official fuel economy: 55.4mpg
- Emissions: 117g/km CO2
- Power: 128bhp
- 0-62mph: 10.9sec
- Top speed: 117mph
Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 TD4 180 SE
- Price new: £32,665
- Price today:£25,000
- Official fuel economy: 53.3mpg
- Emissions: 139g/km CO2
- 0-62mph: 9.4sec
- Top speed: 117mph
Price today is based on a 2015 model with average mileage and a full service history
New Peugeot 5008 vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport – styling
The 5008 builds on the neat looks of its smaller sibling, the 3008, with a very similar front end treatment that makes it look imposing and aggressive in the rear-view mirror. Sadly, it’s less well-resolved as you move further back, with a series of complex swage lines and an awkwardly upright tail that’s necessary to ensure there’s enough space for the third row of seats in the rear.
It’s more likely, then, that it’ll be the Land Rover Discovery Sport that tugs at your heartstrings the most. Its nose is less imposing but still manages to look purposeful, while the side profile and tail end are far more cohesive than those of the 5008. What’s more, with strong whiffs of the more upmarket Range Rover about it, the Discovery Sport undoubtedly carries the more desirable image of the two cars.
New Peugeot 5008 vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport – driving
Both of these cars place their emphasis on comfort rather than sporty handling, but of the two, it’s the 5008 that’s the softest, soaking up bumps admirably whether you’re driving around town or out on the open road. The Discovery Sport does a fine job on the motorway, but at slower speeds it becomes a little less forgiving, picking up expansion joints and worn surfaces. The problem is exacerbated if the car you’re buying has had larger wheels fitted as an optional extra.
In corners, however, the Discovery Sport provides better traction in this form, because it has four-wheel drive – the 5008 has front-wheel drive, no matter which model you choose, and also offers less grip, which means it tends to push its nose wide earlier through corners. If you ever need to do any serious off-roading, that difference will come into sharp focus, for the Discovery Sport will keep going long after the 5008 has got stuck.
The 5008 fights back with the impressive performance on offer from its 1.2-litre petrol engine. Granted, it’s not quite as powerful or as quick as the Discovery Sport on paper, but it’s responsive and free-revving, and serves up what poke it does have in a useful and responsive way. That contrasts with the Discovery Sport, whose 2.0-litre diesel feels rather leisurely – and, when paired with the six-speed manual gearbox, lacking in flexibility.
The petrol engine in the 5008 is also quieter than the Discovery Sport’s diesel, contributing to the overall sense of splendid isolation you get in the Peugeot. By dint of the Land Rover’s engine being a diesel, there’s also more vibration through the steering wheel and pedals.
New Peugeot 5008 vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport – interior & equipment
In times gone by, you’d never have expected a Peugeot to hold a candle to the build quality of a Land Rover. But times have changed, and these days the 5008’s beautifully made interior is more than a match for the Discovery Sport’s. In fact, with its dense, high-quality plastics, stylish design and standard, configurable LCD screen in place of the dials, the 5008 actually feels more special.
That said, it isn’t quite as easy to use. The Discovery Sport’s layout is very straightforward, with physical switches for some key systems which the 5008 buries within the touchscreen menus. The Land Rover’s dials will also be easier to read for some drivers; you view them conventionally, through the steering wheel, whereas the Peugeot’s sit atop the dashboard, which means they’ll be obscured for some shorter drivers by the smaller steering wheel.
The 5008 is, however, the better-equipped of the two cars. With this Allure trim, you get dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, privacy glass and 18in alloy wheels, plus a huge suite of safety kit.
By contrast, the Discovery in SE specification does without sat-nav, but you do at least get part-leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated windscreen, rear parking sensors, cruise control, controls on the steering wheel and dual-zone climate control. You could, of course, upgrade to an SE Tech or an HSE to get sat-nav and a bit more kit, but of course you’ll have to pay more for this than you would for the 5008.
New Peugeot 5008 vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport – space & practicality
Interior space is really the 5008’s trump card, and, it could be argued, where its slightly more awkward styling pays off.
Up front, both cars are much of a muchness, but in the middle row of seats the differences start to show. The 5008 features three individual seats, whereas the middle passenger in the Discovery Sport will have to make do with a raised perch in the middle of the bench.
Things worsen for Discovery Sport passengers in the rearmost row, where the seats are barely big enough to take two adults and it’s a real squeeze to gain access. Access isn’t the easiest thing in the world in the 5008, but it’s better, and once in there’s actually room for adults to sit, although admittedly they wouldn’t want to spend too much time back there.
What’s more, the 5008’s boot is simply enormous and, more importantly, a sensible shape, too, with no wheel arch intrusions. You can also slide the rearmost seats to vary the amount of space on offer, and the rear two rows fold flat, too.
The Discovery Sport’s boot is smaller than the 5008’s and it isn’t quite as well shaped, but it’s still big enough for most people’s needs. Its seating isn’t quite as flexible as the 5008’s, though – you can only fold the seats down.
New Peugeot 5008 vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport – costs
Both of these cars will cost you roughly £25,000 to buy, although either could cost you even less if you happen to find or haggle a particularly good deal. However, because the Discovery will already have its most severe depreciation behind it, it’ll retain a far greater proportion of its value when you come to sell it on in a few years’ time. If you’re buying on finance, mind you, you’ll probably be able to find a deal with lower monthly repayments on the 5008 thanks to the wider range of finance options (and, of course, you can choose to lease with the 5008, too).
The big difference is that with the 5008, you get a full three years’ warranty thrown in. You’ll have to settle for a two-year-old Land Rover, which means you’ll only get around a year left of the original warranty, unless you can find an approved used example within budget, in which case Land Rover will throw in a two-year used car warranty.
The chances are you’ll need it, too. The Land Rover Discovery Sport came 25th out of 27 large SUVs featured in our latest What Car? Reliability Survey with a fairly dismal score of 43%, and Land Rover as a brand also came second to last. Mind you, the 5008 might not be much better; it was too new to feature in the survey, but Peugeot as a manufacturer came 27th, just four places above Land Rover.
The Peugeot also noses ahead of the Land Rover in terms of its fuel economy – which is particularly impressive when you consider it’s powered by petrol, whereas the Discovery Sport is a diesel. And because it’s powered by petrol, the fuel itself will also be slightly cheaper to buy for the 5008.
Some of the savings you make on fuel might be mitigated by the tax costs, mind you. The 5008’s CO2 emissions are much lower than the Discovery Sport’s, but because of the new tax arrangements that came in in April 2017, it’ll actually cost you £25 more to tax in your first year and £5 more per year thereafter.
New Peugeot 5008 vs used Land Rover Discovery Sport – alternatives
If you’re buying new, there’s a welter of seven-seat SUVs like the 5008 becoming available. The most obvious alternative is the Skoda Kodiaq, which is a terrific family hauler that majors on practicality and space, although you don’t get quite as much for your cash as you do with the Peugeot.
There’s also the Kia Sorento, which is costlier than the Peugeot, but it’s just as comfortable and offers even more space, plus the bonus of a long warranty. And if you can live without the extra row of seats, you could also consider the Mazda CX-5, which is great fun to drive, well-built and very efficient in the real world.
On the used market, seven-seat SUVs of this size are fewer and further between. You’d have to go for an even older Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90 in order to match the Land Rover’s premium image for the same price, or settle for something a little more mainstream.
If five seats will do, you have much more choice. The BMW X3, for example, is a terrific SUV with a great blend of ride and handling, and it’s available for similar prices to the Discovery Sport. The Audi Q5, meanwhile, has one of the highest-quality interiors of any SUV going, and there are plenty around to choose from. And if neither of those floats your boat, the Volvo XC60 shares the Discovery Sport’s emphasis on comfort and quality and costs less to buy than most of its premium rivals.