Peugeot e-2008 electric SUV: prices, specs and details
Order books are open now, with the first customer deliveries due to take place in late April 2020. Early buyers will also get a Pod Point home wallbox charger thrown in for free, as well as a six-month subscription to the Polar public charging network.
The Active trim comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, electric and heated door mirrors, Peugeot’s iCockpit instrument display, Active Safety Braking, an electric parking brake and pre-heating functionality as standard. Peugeot offers a Personal Finance Lease deal for Active cars: an initial payment of £5,500 is followed by monthly instalments of £309 over a period of four years. The optional final payment stands at £11,709.
Meanwhile, the next-level Allure trim costs from £30,300, adding 17-inch alloys, gloss-black B-pillars and rear bumper, leather-effect seats, LED front foglights and a modular boot floor, among other features.
The GT Line spec adds 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, green interior stitching, mood lighting, heated front seats, aluminium pedals, a reversing camera. At the top of the range, the GT version of the e-2008 costs from £34,275, introducing adaptive cruise control, lane-positioning assistance, blind-spot monitoring, Alcantara seats and a panoramic glass roof.
The e-2008 is the SUV version of the Peugeot e-208 electric hatchback, and is a sister model to the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense. It comes with a 50kWh battery and an official WLTP range of 206 miles – only slightly less than the 211 claimed by the e-208 and what potential rivals like the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric can manage. The car has a 134bhp electric motor and is capable of using 100kW rapid chargers, with an 80% top-up taking just 30 minutes.
Peugeot e-2008 design
Given the popularity of the larger 3008 SUV (soon to be made available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain), Peugeot has stuck to a similar design philosophy for the 2008. It features all-LED light clusters, with fang and claw-shaped daytime running lights, as well as sharp triangular 'scalps' that join the bodywork above the wheels to a line running across the doors.
At the back, a strip of black plastic joins three LEDs together, exaggerating the car's width. On top-spec GT and GT-Line versions, a contrasting black roof will be a standard feature. The only visual differences between the e-2008 and the combustion-engined versions are a body-coloured front grille, some 'e-2008' badges and the absence of exhaust pipes.
According to 208 and 2008 project leader Guillaume Clerc: “We didn’t want our customers to drive a car that’s seen specifically as an EV. We wanted to integrate electric power into a normal car.”
Inside, there's more room than in the outgoing 2008, due to the wheelbase being 60mm longer. The car is also 140mm longer and 30mm wider overall than its predecessor. Even six-footers should be able to get comfortable, while allowing room for another tall adult to sit behind them.
Boot space has been increased to 434 litres – 10 more than the old 2008 – and there's underfloor storage for charging cables in the e-2008. The driver enjoys the latest incarnation of Peugeot's iCockpit technology, with a 3D digital display standard across the range and (on every version but the entry level) a 10-inch infotainment screen.
On-board technology includes USB sockets, Apple and Android smartphone connectivity and a ledge for holding your phone securely in place, as well as driver-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, road-sign recognition, lane-departure warning, a self-parking system, automatic emergency braking and automatic high-beam headlights.