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 classes ever since the original Nissan Juke raised its garish head. 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 Peugeot is likely onto something with the e-2008; 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 driving position is good, provided you can find a comfortable compromise with the small steering wheel and high-set digital dials. The ‘3D’ holographic dials that subtly raise the speed readout from the rest of the displayed info are great, but if you have to adopt an unnatural-feeling driving position to see them, no amount of clever digital wizardry is likely to make up for it.
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 and has a rather noisy, uncouth bump absorption and wheel judder over more significant surface imperfections.
Ultimately, the e-2008’s standout qualities are its textural, angular dashboard design, high standard specification and decent practicality. The way it drives is just fine, but nothing to get excited about, and 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.
Still, the e-2008 is cheaper than Kia and Hyundai's offerings, and could well be easier to get hold of, since Peugeot is taking orders now and expects deliveries from April 2020 onwards. Not only that, but the residual forecast is good, and even with a very low deposit of less than £1,000, you can get in an e-2008 for around £400 a month.
Ultimately, the e-2008 isn't a class leader in terms of its driving range, infotainment or the way it drives – we’d point to the e-Niro for that. But it’s still a likeable and exceptionally capable electric family car, with potentially class-leading 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.