Peugeot e-2008 vs Hyundai Kona Electric vs Kia Soul EV: space and practicality
The Peugeot e-2008 has the biggest boot here by some margin, but it comes at the expense of rear-seat space
There are some useful practical touches to the Peugeot e-2008. For example, the boot is 434 litres in size (the biggest on test) and the variable-height floor comes in handy for charging-cable storage – a Type 2 cable is standard. Despite this, sitting in the back of an e-2008 soon makes you realise space is somewhat at a premium.
This lack of room is especially apparent compared to the Kia Soul EV, which feels the most spacious inside and has rear doors that make it easier to get in and out of the back. Peugeot isn’t alone in its struggle to match the Soul EV’s impressive practicality, as when it comes to space the Hyundai Kona Electric is closer to that of the Peugeot than the Kia. Even then, the Kona’s rear seats feel tighter than those in an e-2008.
Hyundai does pull one back over its sister brand, though, as the Kona’s boot is 17 litres larger than the Soul’s (332 vs 315 litres). Modest gains, perhaps, but comparison of the two South Korean cars often comes down to small margins. Irrespective of this, those looking to carry a buggy around (or golf clubs, depending on lifestyle choices) will find the Peugeot’s large boot makes things easier – providing its shorter range is not an issue.
While the Kona is the shortest car on test, this lack of length translates to good manoeuvrability, although neither rival is any harder to park. To help with slotting cars into tight spaces, both the Hyundai and Peugeot come with a parking camera and all-round parking sensors, while the Kia makes do with rear-only sensors, but does also come with a reversing camera.
Even though it’s behind its rivals in terms of parking assistance, the Soul feels (in some ways) less of a compromise, as it has been designed solely as an electric vehicle. As a result, the interior maximises available space, providing more storage for the kind of bric-a-brac cars regularly carry. Having a large, square body is a bonus, too, as it provides good headroom. Plus, the higher ride height and big windows ensure visibility is strong.
In This Review
- 1IntroThe e-2008, Kona Electric and Soul EV show that a discerning electric-car buyer can have style, practicality and plenty of range – but which is the best buy?
- 2Range and chargingThe Hyundai and Kia draw first blood, boasting greater range thanks to their bigger batteries
- 3Running costs and warrantyThe Hyundai’s long battery warranty helps it finally stand out, but all the models here promise incredibly low running costs
- 4Performance and handlingBoth the Peugeot and Hyundai put up a good fight, but the Kia offers the best driving experience here
- 5Interior and infotainmentThe Kia Soul EV again makes ground on its rivals here, but the Peugeot e-2008 isn’t far behind
- 6Space and practicality - currently readingThe Peugeot e-2008 has the biggest boot here by some margin, but it comes at the expense of rear-seat space
- 7Safety and reliabilityDespite Kia and Hyundai being part of the same company, there’s quite a difference in owners’ ratings for their models
- 8Verdict and specificationsEvery car here has its merits, but despite its higher price, the Kia Soul EV is our pick of the bunch