Peugeot E-2008 review
Good-looking, practical and well-equipped, the Peugeot E-2008 isn't the best in its class, but it's likeable and more than fit for purpose
- Decent real-world range
- No practicality compromises
- Cheaper than rivals
- Unexciting to drive
- Three-pin cable costs extra
- Awkward driving position
Wallbox charge time
Rapid charge time
7hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)
27mins (10-80%, 100kW)
Peugeot E-2008 verdict
The Peugeot E-2008 is an attractive small electric SUV with a stunning interior that’s unfortunately let down by an awkward driving position – so much so we’d really recommend you try before you buy. A facelift in 2023 has brought with it several well-received improvements such as a greater electric range and a slicker infotainment system, which certainly make the E-2008 a more appealing proposition. However, it’s hard to ignore the high list price; some rivals are cheaper, more spacious, and offer a longer driving range.
Range details, specs and alternatives
The Peugeot E-2008 is the maker’s smallest electric SUV and is essentially a jacked-up version of the E-208 supermini. This means it falls into the competitive compact electric SUV segment, which is already rife with strong offerings such as the Kia Niro EV, Hyundai Kona Electric and MG ZS EV.
Peugeot forms part of parent company Stellantis, which also owns the likes of Citroen, DS, Jeep and Vauxhall. All four brands also make small electric SUVs, with the E-2008 sharing its parts with – as well as competing against – the Citroen e-C4, DS 3 E-Tense, Jeep Avenger and Vauxhall Mokka Electric.
A 2023 facelift for the Peugeot E-2008 brought a tweaked exterior design as well as an upgraded powertrain – as seen in the Avenger. This comprises a 154bhp electric motor (up from 134bhp) and a battery that’s increased in size from 50kWh to 54kWh. This results in a range boost up to 251 miles on the WLTP tests (from 214 miles), which is a welcome improvement, given rivals such as the Smart #1 have, until now, offered far better range figures than the Peugeot.
As before, the Peugeot E-2008 gets 100kW rapid charging capability as standard, which is a faster maximum speed than what’s found in some small EV rivals like the aforementioned Kia and MG. Peugeot says it’s possible to top-up the E-2008 in as little as half an hour if you’re connected to a fast enough public DC charger.
Peugeot offers the facelifted E-2008 in four specifications: Active, Allure, GT and the limited-run First Edition. Even the base Active comes well equipped, with LED headlights, automatic air conditioning, a central touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and rear parking sensors. The Allure is our pick of the range with its larger touchscreen, digital dials and front parking sensors. Next up is the GT model which gets adaptive LED lights, sports seats and a reversing camera. The First Edition model is rather expensive (at over £41,000) but gets luxuries like electrically-adjustable heated Alcantara seats, built-in sat nav and 11kW on-board charger. Only 100 of these will be available, though.
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In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingGood-looking, practical and well-equipped, the Peugeot E-2008 isn't the best in its class, but it's likeable and more than fit for purpose
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Peugeot E-2008 doesn't offer the longest range in the class, but it's competitive and has 100kW rapid-charging capability
- 3Running costsThe Peugeot E-2008 is more expensive than its petrol counterpart, but it’s competitively priced compared to rivals and should be cheap to run
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe E-2008 is fit for purpose if not fun; the smooth electric powertrain makes it effortless to drive, though
- 5Interior & comfortThe Peugeot’s interior looks and feels fantastic, but it’s let down by an awkward driving position
- 6Practicality & boot spaceA good-sized boot and plenty of passenger space make the Peugeot E-2008 a decent family car
- 7Reliability & safetyDon't be alarmed by the four-star Euro NCAP rating: crash tests are becoming ever-harder to ace and the Peugeot E-2008 is still a very safe car