Peugeot e-2008 review: running costs & insurance
The Peugeot e-2008 is more expensive than its petrol counterpart, but it’s competitively priced compared to rivals and should be cheap to run
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|25-27||3yrs/60,000 miles||2yrs/16,000 miles||From £135/£269|
While roughly £36,000 may sound like a lot for a compact SUV, there's no avoiding the fact the e-2008 is an deceivingly practical electric car with a generous kit list. The new Kia Niro EV is around £1,500 dearer, while the MG ZS EV and Smart #1 are not only cheaper, but offer more range, too. On a PCP or lease deal, the difference in monthly cost between the e-2008 and its main rivals isn’t likely to be huge, though.
It’s worth remembering that charging the e-2008 at home will be much cheaper than using a public rapid charger – especially if you have an EV-specific energy tariff. Electric cars are also exempt from the London Congestion Charge as well as ULEZ, which could save city dwellers a lot of money in the long run.
Peugeot e-2008 insurance group
The e-2008 falls into insurance groups 25 to 27, depending on the exact specification chosen; this slightly undercuts its premium DS 3 E-Tense sibling, which starts in group 29.
Peugeot offers a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is industry standard but still disappointing next to the longer guarantees offered by rivals like Renault, Kia and Hyundai. The Peugeot’s battery is covered separately for eight years and 100,000 miles; it'll be refurbished for free if it drops below 70% of its as-new performance during that time.
With long service intervals of two years or 16,000 miles, Peugeot estimates servicing costs will be 30% cheaper for the electric 2008 than for its petrol and diesel-engined counterparts. Each service tends to cost around £200, and there are fixed-price packages available.
As with any pure-electric car, the e-2008 is free from vehicle excise duty (VED) – also known as ‘road tax’ – until 2025.
According to the latest figures, the Peugeot e-2008 is projected to retain anything between 40% and 42% of its value over three years and 36,000 miles. While most electric cars tend to resist depreciation quite well, in this case, the petrol 2008 actually holds onto its initial asking price better than the EV, with it projected to cling onto over 50% over the same period.
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 costs - currently readingThe 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