Peugeot e-2008 review: interior, dashboard & infotainment
The Peugeot’s interior looks and feels fantastic, but it’s let down by an awkward driving position and laggy infotainment system
Perhaps the Peugeot e-2008’s biggest strength – as well as one of its drawbacks – is its striking interior. With more angles than a trigonometry exam, the Peugeot’s concept car-esque cockpit is different to the minimalist interiors of rivals such as the cheaper MG4, but boasts superb material and build quality.
Peugeot e-2008 dashboard
If you’ve sat in any Peugeot over the last few years you’ll be familiar with the brand’s polarising ‘i-Cockpit’ layout. While in most cars the dials are mounted behind the steering wheel, with the driver looking through the gap between the spokes to read them, i-Cockpit instead mounts the digital driver display above a small, squared-off steering wheel.
The digital instruments themselves are relatively easy to read and even come with a snazzy 3D effect on top models. While they aren’t the most configurable, and can feel a bit dark and dingy, we do like how they change appearance in respect to what drive mode you’re in.
The real issue is the small steering wheel; this has to be positioned quite low in order for you to be able to read the dials over the top. While this may be fine for some drivers, others will find this uncomfortable, with the wheel knocking into your legs each time you turn it. This could be somewhat of a dealbreaker for many, so we recommend at least sitting in an e-2008 and taking it for a test drive to find out whether you could live with this setup.
Equipment, options & accessories
Choosing your ideal Peugeot e-2008 is simple as there’s only three trim levels to choose from: Active, Allure and GT. Even entry-level cars 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 brings 17-inch alloy wheels, gloss-black roof rails, a bigger 10-inch screen with connected navigation, a 180-degree parking camera and the excellent 3D digital instrument cluster. GT adds full LED headlights and high-beam assist, heated front seats and ambient lighting, plus wireless phone charging.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
As standard, the Peugeot e-2008 comes fitted with a seven-inch infotainment system, while higher-spec cars get a 10-inch unit. The smaller screen hasn’t got many features and is a bit low-res, so drivers will mostly be relying on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – both accessible via a USB cable.
The larger 10-inch screen gets built-in TomTom sat nav which is good if you’d rather not use your phone. However, despite the extra screen real estate on offer, Peugeot’s infotainment system still can’t match that of rivals such as the Kia Niro EV and Smart #1 in terms of responsiveness, ergonomics and graphical quality – there’s a few too many sub-menus which can be a bit frustrating.
In This Review
- 1VerdictGood-looking, practical and well-equipped, the Peugeot e-2008 isn't the best 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 if not fun; the smooth electric powertrain makes it effortless to drive, though
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe Peugeot’s interior looks and feels fantastic, but it’s let down by an awkward driving position and laggy infotainment system
- 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