Peugeot e-2008 review
Practical, well equipped and decent value, the electric 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
- Average infotainment graphics
|Car type||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Electric||214 miles||7hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||27mins (10-80%, 100kW)|
The Peugeot e-2008 is the French brand’s offering in the highly competitive compact electric SUV category. It's a major rival to the Kia e-Niro, Hyundai Kona Electric and MG ZS EV, as well as entry-level versions of the Skoda Enyaq iV, Volkswagen ID.4 and Hyundai Ioniq 5.
To compete with both the newcomers and well established entries in this class, the Peugeot is packed with technology, plus it has a roomy interior, low running costs and funky styling that it shares with its smaller hatchback siblings – the Peugeot 208 and Peugeot 308.
The e-2008 shares much of its technology and mechanical platform with the e-208 hatchback, as well as the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE, Vauxhall Corsa-e and Vauxhall Mokka-e. The interior design is also taken from the smaller e-208, as is the 50kWh battery and 100kW rapid-charging speed. The latter means you can recharge from 20-80% in 20 minutes if you can find a fast enough point. The e-2008’s bigger bulk compared to the e-208 sees the range drop a little, from a maximum of 225 to a maximum of 214 miles depending on exact specification.
Prices start from roughly £34,000, with no version of the e-2008 eligible for the plug-in car grant (PiCG). Peugeot revised the model's trim structure for 2022, ditching Active and Allure specs in favour of the better-equipped Active Premium, Allure Premium, GT and GT Premium models.
Practicality is important in this class, and the e-2008 doesn’t disappoint, with a 434-litre boot (the same as the petrol version) 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-level 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 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 handles awkward town streets and car parks with aplomb. 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 range is more than adequate – especially compared to the Mazda MX-30 or entry-level Volkswagen ID.3 – 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.
Ultimately the e-2008 isn't a class leader, but it’s still a likeable and capable electric family car with the potential for rock-bottom running costs. Given its style, practicality, technology and ‘buy it now’ appeal, it's a popular option for first-time electric car buyers, despite strong competition. For a more detailed look at the e-2008, read on for the rest of our review...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingPractical, well equipped and decent value, the electric 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
- 5Interior & comfortThe e-2008 boasts an attractive dashboard design, quality materials and lots of equipment, but the touchscreen software feels clunky
- 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