Peugeot e-2008 review
|Car type||Electric range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Electric||193 miles||7hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||20mins (20-80%, 100kW)|
It seems odd that there aren’t more compact electric SUVs. After all, the small-but-tall family car has been one of the fastest-growing segments ever since the original Nissan Juke raised its head in 2010. With buyers typically wanting loads of technology, funky looks, a roomy interior and low running costs for a short-hop lifestyle, the small SUV is perfect for electric power.
So by giving the new Peugeot 2008 electric power, the French brand is definitely onto 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, and the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback.
The e-2008 takes much of its essential technology from the e-208, including the platform, interior design, 50kWh lithium-ion battery and charging speeds of up to 100kW. 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 193 miles. Prices start from around £28,000 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 405-litre boot and plenty of room in the back seat, so an adult can comfortably sit behind a tall driver, and bending in to faff about with a child seat is easy.
Up front, the dashboard is dominated by a big touchscreen 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, Bluetooth and – on GT Line cars and above – wireless phone charging.
The e-2008 handles confidently. 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. What’s less ideal is the ride comfort, which on the 18-inch wheels of our test car was fidgety over coarse surfaces.
While the driving range is more than adequate – especially compared to the ZS EV or a Nissan Leaf – it still looks short compared to the e-Niro. 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 battery-cell 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 despite strong competition.
For a more detailed look at the Peugeot e-2008, read on for the rest of our in-depth review.