Peugeot e-2008 review
Practical, well equipped and decent value for money, the Peugeot e-2008 isn’t the best car 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||191-206 miles||7hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||20mins (20-80%, 100kW)|
The Peugeot-2008 is the French brand’s offering in the now highly competitive compact electric SUV market, and is a major rival to the Kia e-Niro, Hyundai Kona Electric, and Skoda Enyaq iV. As well as entry-level variants of the 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, 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 actually shares much of its essential technology and mechanical platform with the e-208 electric hatchback, and its sister cars 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 capabilities. The latter means you can recharge the e-2008 from 20-80% in just 20 minutes if you can find a fast enough charging point.
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 specification and wheel size. Prices start from roughly £31,000 after the UK government's plug-in car grant (PiCG), but most buyers will opt for at least the mid-range Allure trim to get some extra kit. Although, it is worth noting that the GT and GT Premium models are no longer eligible for the grant after the price threshold was reduced to £35,000.
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 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 MG ZS EV or entry-level Volkswagen ID.3 models – 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...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingPractical, well equipped and decent value for money, the Peugeot e-2008 isn’t the best car 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; the smooth electric drive 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