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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

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£32,460 - £37,910
Fuel Type:
Electric

Pros

  • Decent real-world range
  • No practicality compromises
  • Cheaper than rivals

Cons

  • Unexciting to drive
  • Three-pin cable costs extra
  • Average infotainment graphics
Car type Range Wallbox charge time  Rapid charge time 
Electric214 miles7hrs 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 MG ZS EV, as well as entry-level versions of the Skoda Enyaq iVVolkswagen 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 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 capabilities. The latter means you can recharge the e-2008 from 20-80% in 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 a maximum of 225 to a maximum of 214 miles depending on exact specification.

Prices start from roughly £33,000 – a figure that is higher since the government announced reductions in the plug-in car grant (PiCG); no e-2008 models are eligible for the revised incentives. Peugeot has also revised the trim structure for 2022, ditching the Active and Allure specs in favour of 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, 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 Mazda MX-30's 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 e-2008, read on for the rest of our in-depth review...

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