Peugeot e-2008 review
|Car type||Electric range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Electric||191-206 miles||7hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||20mins (20-80%, 100kW)|
In much the same way the small crossover segment took off after the original Nissan Juke launched in 2010, the compact electric SUV market is seeing a plethora of new models launch in 2020. With buyers typically wanting loads of technology, funky looks, a roomy interior and low running costs for a short-hop lifestyle, this type of car is perfect for electric power.
So, by giving the new Peugeot 2008 electric power, the French brand is definitely on to something. The e-2008 is a roomier, higher-riding version of the e-208 hatchback and a major rival to the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro and MG ZS EV SUVs, as well as more conventional, hatchback-style models like the venerable Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen ID.3.
The e-2008 takes much of its essential technology from the e-208, including the platform, interior design, 50kWh lithium-ion battery and 100kW rapid charging speed. The latter will add 100 miles of range in only 20 minutes – or 40 minutes at one of the 50kW chargers you more commonly find on UK motorways.
The e-2008’s bigger bulk compared to the e-208 sees the quoted driving range drop a little, from 211 to between 191 and 206 miles depending on spec and wheel choice. Prices start from around £29,000 after the government grant, but most buyers will opt for at least the mid-range Allure trim to get some extra kit.
Practicality is important in this class, and the e-2008 doesn’t disappoint, with a 434-litre boot (the same as the petrol version, incidentally) and plenty of room in the back seat. That means an average-sized adult can comfortably sit behind a tall driver, while bending in to faff about with a child seat is easy.
Up front, the dashboard is dominated by a big touchscreen (seven-inch on entry cars and 10 inches on high-end models) that offers all of the functionality you’d expect, including multiple USB points, navigation with charging-point search function, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity. GT Line cars and above also get wireless phone charging.
On the road, the e-2008 feels absolutely effortless to drive – you just point and squirt. There’s no real involvement or finesse to make you relish a good route, but it’s an easy companion on any road and makes light work of awkward town streets and car parks. Our initial concerns about ride comfort on the larger 18-inch wheels proved unfounded, as even on UK roads the 2008 makes light work of rougher surfaces.
While the e-2008's driving range is more than adequate – especially compared to the ZS EV or a basic Nissan Leaf – it still looks short compared to the e-Niro's. Don’t expect a longer-range e-2008 any time soon, though; Peugeot tells us that while it can fit more batteries under the boot, it would rather keep costs down and interior space up, at least until technology allows for longer range from the same size battery pack.
Ultimately, the e-2008 isn't a class leader, but it’s still a likeable and exceptionally capable electric family car, with the potential for rock-bottom running costs. Given the style, practicality, technology and ‘buy it now’ appeal of the Peugeot, we expect it to be a rightfully popular option for first-time electric car buyers, despite strong competition.
For a more detailed look at the Peugeot e-2008, read on for the rest of our in-depth review.