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Peugeot e-2008 interior & comfort

The e-2008 boasts an attractive dashboard design, quality materials and lots of equipment, but the touchscreen software feels clunky

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Interior & comfort rating

4.0 out of 5

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

The e-2008's angular dashboard is great, with a nice combination of metal-finish switches and dense-feeling fabrics and plastics making it nice to look at and use. In all but entry-level cars, you get digital dials with a 3D effect that makes the speed pop out more from the rest of the screen information, so it's easier to read at a glance. This has been lifted from the e-208, and while it sounds fussy, it works well in the context of Peugeot's technology-focused dashboard.

On the downside, the front seats could be more supportive and visibility to the rear three-quarters is restricted, while the small steering wheel and dash-top dials can make it awkward for some drivers to find a natural-feeling driving position that gives a clear view of the speedo. You might find yourself squashing the seat bolster every time you get in and out, in order to avoid the low steering wheel.

Peugeot e-2008 dashboard

The Peugeot’s dashboard looks appealingly angular and modern, and the variety of textures and sense of quality make this one of the classiest cabins in the class. But some may not like the slightly busy feel and it’s not the most logical of dashboard layouts to get used to. The cruise control stalk is almost completely hidden by the steering wheel, for example.

We particularly wish that air-conditioning temperature adjustments didn’t require prodding through the touchscreen menus and leaving the navigation screen. It’s frustrating that clicking the temperature icon gives you limited access to the climate control menu; you need to click the icon below or the physical button to get full control of it – which just seems unnecessary.

Despite that, the general finish and appearance of the Peugeot’s cabin will be one of its biggest selling points. 

Equipment, options & accessories

Changes to the trim-level structure in late 2021 saw Peugeot ditch the entry-level Active and Allure models, leaving the better-equipped Active Premium+, Allure Premium+ and GT specs to choose from. It means that even entry-level cars now get 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and climate control, as well as a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Stepping up to the Allure Premium+ brings 17-inch alloy wheels, gloss-black roof rails, a 180-degree parking camera and the excellent 3D digital instrument cluster. GT adds full LED headlights and high-beam assist, a bigger 10-inch screen with connected navigation, heated front seats and ambient lighting, plus wireless phone charging. 

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

Up front, the dashboard is dominated by a big touchscreen (seven inches on lower-spec cars, 10 inches on GT models) that offers all the functionality you’d expect, including multiple USB points, navigation with charging-point search function, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, digital radio, Bluetooth and – in GT – wireless phone charging.

It’s not the fastest-responding screen, nor does it have the best graphics in the class, but it’s a comprehensively equipped system nonetheless. The standard seven-inch screen has all the functions you could want, but the graphics (even on the bigger 10-inch screen) are a bit grainy and the menus can be a faff to navigate.

Simple things like turning the sat-nav voice commands off can be tricky, and ultimately the system lags behind those of many rival brands, including Kia, Hyundai and Volkswagen. We’d like separate controls for the temperature and the fan – like those you’ll find in the new Citroen e-C4 – but at least automatic climate control is standard on all electric versions of the e-2008. All models allow access to an app that allows you to control the car’s charging and temperature from your phone, too.

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