Peugeot e-2008 review: range, battery & charging
The Peugeot e-2008 doesn't offer the longest range in the class, but it's competitive and has 100kW rapid-charging capability
|Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|214 miles||7hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||27mins (10-80%, 100kW)|
The Peugeot e-2008 has a decent driving range, but falls short of what alternatives like the Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric can manage. Charging speeds of up to 100kW also mean it can take advantage of the more powerful chargers that have become common across the UK.
Peugeot offers an app that allows you to control and check the state of charging, as well as pre-set the cabin temperature so the car has warmed up or cooled down in advance of departure. There are few things more smug-inducing than stepping into a car that has de-iced itself and warmed up while your neighbour gets the ice-scraper out.
Peugeot e-2008 range
Following some technical tweaks in November 2021, the Peugeot’s official claimed driving range tops out at 214 miles, depending on things like specification and wheel size. Bigger changes are on the way, however, as a mid-life facelift for 2023 has introduced a larger 54kWh battery pack (up from 50kWh) which, Peugeot says, will increase range to a maximum of 254 miles.
While we are yet to drive the facelifted model, we have driven the old car with the smaller battery on a hot day. Here, the digital display estimated a range of roughly 180 miles – not far off Peugeot’s claims, but you’ll use more energy with the air con on full blast. The e-2008 features a heat pump which should, in theory, help the car get closer to its claimed range during the winter months by taking some of the strain off the heating system. That said, we think it’s reasonable only to expect around 150 miles in colder weather with a mix of motorway and town miles – hopefully slightly more in the facelifted car.
The e-2008 will charge fully from a 7kW home wallbox in around seven hours and 15 minutes. If you need a quick top-up to keep going on the motorway, it can add 100 miles of range in 20 minutes, or get to 80% full in half an hour courtesy of its 100kW charging capacity.
A Type 2 charging cable is provided with the e-2008, allowing you to plug into most AC charging stations as well, but you pay extra for a three-pin cable to plug into a standard domestic socket, which will take over 22 hours to deliver a full charge.
The Peugeot’s rapid charging is done using the standard CCS socket on the car’s flank, where you’d expect the fuel filler to be on a conventional car. You don’t need to worry about a cable for rapid charging, as any DC charger (that is, every charger of 50kW or higher) has the cable tethered to the charging station itself.
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 & charging - currently readingThe 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 & comfortThe 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