Peugeot e-2008 reliability & safety
Don’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
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|4 stars (2019)||91%||84%||68%|
The petrol-powered Peugeot 2008 scored four out of five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests, which sounds alarming, but shouldn’t be. The tests were recently overhauled and made much more stringent, so it's not unusual to see cars introduced from late 2019 onwards receive four stars. Where the Peugeot fell short was on pedestrian impact safety, for which it scored 62%, and safety assistance (68%).
Peugeot e-2008 reliability & problems
It’s too early to comment on the long-term reliability of the e-2008, as it sits on a completely new platform and has an all-new powertrain. But electric cars have far fewer moving parts than combustion-engined vehicles, so they're typically far more reliable.
Buyers should take confidence in the fact the 2008's bigger brother, the Peugeot 3008, finished second overall in the 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, however. The brand placed an impressive eighth in the manufacturer standings, too.
The only shortfall on the safety-assistance front is that while the entry-level e-2008 Active trim level gets camera-based autonomous emergency braking (AEB) that'll automatically brake at city speeds if it senses an imminent impact with a pedestrian or vehicle, higher trims get a more advanced radar-based system that works at night and also senses cyclists.
The e-2008 is still very well equipped as standard, as it gets lane-keeping assistance, traffic-sign recognition and driver drowsiness monitoring, as well as the standard traction-control and six airbags. It’s a shame that adaptive cruise is only standard on top-spec GT Line trim, and we’d also like to see a driver’s knee airbag and a space-saver spare wheel introduced. Currently, there’s only space for a tyre repair kit.
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 & comfortThe 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 & safety - currently readingDon’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