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Great British BIK Off: seven-seat SUVs

  • Seven-seat SUVs for company car drivers
  • Family-friendly practicality with SUV styling
  • Which combines the best comfort and performance for the price?

For family buyers looking to combine space, style and value for money, practical SUVs appear to offer the best combination of traits.

With an ever-growing number of them seen on the road, we've pitted two of the best against each other to see which makes the most sense as a seven-seat family car: the Skoda Kodiaq and the Peugeot 5008.

Skoda Kodiaq Scout 2.0 TDI 190hp DSG, £213 per month

Skoda Kodiaq Scout 190 blue

The firm’s first ever SUV makes a strong case for itself in this sector, offering plenty of space, a good level of refinement and a decent drive.

The S is five-seat only, while the Scout and Sportline are strictly seven-seaters. All the other models are available with a choice of the two configurations. 

The posher Scout model we feature here comes with the complete rugged appearance and the most powerful 2.0-litre TDI 190hp engine, a DSG automatic gearbox and a 0-62mph time of 8.8 seconds.

Skoda Kodiaq Scout dash

It attracts a benefit-in-kind of 35%, equating to a BIK cost of just over £213 per month for a 20% taxpayer. While the 150hp version is slightly cheaper per month, the engine needs to worked harder - which will hurt fuel economy - and is not homologated for towing.

Skoda Kodiaq Scout

P11D

BIK rate (%)

Monthly BIK cost (20%)

mpg

2.0 TSI 180hp DSG

35,455

35

£206.82

38.2

2.0 TDI 150hp DSG

35,680

34

£202.19

49.6

2.0 TDI 190hp DSG

36,540

35

£213.15

49.6

Alternatively, do away with the off-road appearance and select the SE L model. This means all models tabulated above dip below £200 per month in BIK costs.

 Skoda Kodiaq SEL

P11D

BIK rate (%)

Monthly BIK cost (20%)

mpg

2.0 TSI 180hp DSG

32,970

35

£192.33

38.2

2.0 TDI 150hp DSG

33,195

34

£188.11

49.6

2.0 TDI 190hp DSG

34,055

35

£198.65

49.6


Peugeot 5008 GT Line 2.0 180hp BlueHDI auto, £184 per month

Peugeot 5008 Emerald blue

Considering this used to be a people carrier in its previous iteration, the current-generation 5008 disguises its seven-seat flexibility in a far more desirable SUV-styled body.

All models come with seven seats and the 5008 goes one further with the ability to remove the third rearmost seats altogether.

Peugeot 5008 folded rear seats

The posher GT Line Premium model we feature here comes with the 2.0-litre engine producing a lower 177hp engine, compared to the Skoda. The automatic gearbox is a little less slick and while it’s also slower with a 9.2-second 0-62mph time, the higher claimed mpg figure counteracts this.

 GT Line Premium

P11D

BIK rate (%)

Monthly BIK cost (20%)

mpg

1.6 PureTech 180 auto

35,188

27

£158.35

49.6

1.5 130 BlueHDI auto

35,129

26

£152.23

68.9

2.0 180 BlueHDI auto

36,889

30

£184.45

58.9

There is no four-wheel drive option, but it attracts a lower benefit-in-kind of 30%, equating to a BIK cost of just over £184 per month for a 20% taxpayer. The 1.5-litre 130hp version is even cheaper per month but at least it has the ability to tow, even if it will struggle more at full capacity.

Opt for GT Line and these prices drop even further:

 GT Line

P11D

BIK rate (%)

Monthly BIK cost (20%)

mpg

1.6 PureTech 180 auto

33,299

27

£149.85

49.6

1.5 130 BlueHDI auto

33,279

26

£144.21

68.9

2.0 180 BlueHDI auto

35,039

30

£175.20

58.9

Compared to the GT Line Premium, you’ll miss out on keyless entry, a panoramic roof and a powered tailgate, but the heated front seats with a massage function for the driver might benefit those looking for maximum long-distance comfort.

Which one is best?

The Skoda is quicker, provides more space for each individual passenger but is the pricier of the two. The Peugeot hasn’t completely forgotten its MPV-practicality virtues from the past with more flexible seating and also offers lower running costs.

To find out how these compare in the cabins and on the road, find out in the full twin test by clicking on the picture below

Skoda Kodiaq Scout vs Peugeot 5008