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
The Peugeot’s angular dashboard is great, with a nice combination of metal-finish switches and dense-feeling fabrics and plastics making it nice to look and to use. In all but entry-level cars, you also 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 a little 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 speedometer.
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. We particularly wish that air-conditioning temperature adjustments didn’t require prodding through the touchscreen menus and leaving the navigation screen. Despite that, the general finish and appearance of the Peugeot’s cabin will be one of its biggest selling points.
Equipment, options & accessories
Even the entry-level e-2008 Active is well enough equipped to satisfy many buyers. It gets 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, a leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors and partial LED headlights as standard. Many will probably step up to mid-range Allure trim, since that adds roof bars, an upholstery upgrade and a variable boot floor among other extras and starts at almost £32,000. The Allure Premium trim adds extras like Peugeot 3D i-Cockpit display and LED Front Fog Lights with Cornering Function, but does cost nearly £35,000.
It's worth noting that following the reduction of the price threshold for the UK government's plug-in car grant (PiCG) to £35,000, Peugeot e-2008 GT and GT Premium models are no longer eligible for the now £2,500 grant.
GT trim models still gets the chequered grille (always body-coloured on the e-2008), as well as a contrasting roof, heated front seats, a larger 10-inch touchscreen, a reversing camera and full LED headlights. It promises to be one of the most popular choices, despite costing over £37,000. Top-spec GT Premium adds even more, with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot assistance and a panoramic sunroof among the extras, but it’s expensive at nearly £39,000.
Every e-2008 gets lane-keeping assistance, traffic-sign recognition and autonomous emergency braking, but only Allure and up get a radar-based system that functions at night and senses cyclists as well as pedestrians.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
Up front, the dashboard is dominated by a big touchscreen (seven inches on lower-spec cars, 10 inches on GT and GT Premium 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 Line and above – 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictPractical, 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 & comfort - currently readingThe 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