Peugeot e-2008 SUV review
“Eye-catching inside and out, the Peugeot e-2008 has a decent electric range and is impressively smooth”
- Good value
- Fast-charging available
- Shorter range than rivals
- Not as agile as petrol versions
Peugeot has added to the growing collection of electric SUVs on the road with the e-2008, and it’s very possible the brand’s dealers will be swamped with interest. Fusing the striking looks of the fresh Peugeot 2008 SUV with an almost silent electric drivetrain, with no loss in practicality, the Peugeot e-2008 will no doubt appeal to many buyers.
Helping its appeal is a price that undercuts both the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro. After the Government’s £3,500 grant, the top-spec e-2008 GT model still comes in at slightly less than the Kona’s entry price. If you’re used to petrol and diesel cars, it’ll still look comparatively expensive, but the upside is that recharging the battery costs much less than refilling the tank and the car is free to tax.
It’s fair to say that you’ll be recharging the e-2008 more often than you’d refuel a petrol or diesel car, as Peugeot’s electric SUV offers up to 206 miles of range. That’s more than the entry-level Nissan Leaf or the MG ZS EV but it can’t match the impressive ranges of the Hyundai and Kia.
The Peugeot e-208 hatchback uses the same powertrain and achieves 211 miles of range, but the e-2008 is a bigger and heavier car. One electric motor and a 50kWh battery provide 136bhp to the front wheels, and 0-62mph takes a sprightly nine seconds - that’s quicker than nearly all other Peugeot 2008 models, and it feels smoother to drive as well.
One reason to choose the e-2008 over its rivals is the interior. There’s a 10-inch HD touchscreen fitted to some trim levels, which is impressive and easy to use, while the buttons grouped under the central air vents are styled like piano keys. These not only look good, but feel tactile too. Most of the materials feel upmarket, and higher trims get an exclusive grey Alcantara suede-like seat upholstery. You also get a digital instrument cluster, regardless of trim level, and, like all other new Peugeots, you look over the small steering wheel instead of through it. Not everyone gets on with this setup, so make sure you take a test drive to see if it suits you. An identical 434-litre boot to the standard Peugeot 2008 means there's no downgrade for practicality.
On the outside, only a handful of ‘e’ badges and a fared-in grille with body-coloured elements mark it out as something different to the petrol or diesel models. The charging port is located under the fuel filler cap.
Recharging from 10-80% will take around half an hour on 100kW DC fast-chargers, and around eight hours from a 7.4kW charger.
MPG, running costs & CO2
The Peugeot e-2008 may be slightly more expensive to buy than similarly specced petrol or diesel models, but you’ll start to see the savings when recharging. It’ll cost much less to top up the battery than to refill a fuel tank, and you can expect 193 miles between full charges. That’s about average for the latest electric cars, and although the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro both have a much more impressive range, the Peugeot is considerably cheaper to buy than either of those two.
You’ll need to recharge the e-2008 about twice as often as refilling a petrol car, and doing so takes around eight hours from a 7.4kW public charger or home wallbox. Find a 100kW fast-charger (most common on the UK’s motorway network) and refilling to 80% takes roughly half an hour.
There’s a MyPeugeot companion app you can download, and it lets you control a range of the car’s features from your smartphone. You can preset the climate control before you get in the car, remotely check the charging status and tell the charger when to start topping up the battery - you can schedule the time it starts for when the electricity is cheaper - at night, for example.
Tax is free, whether you’re a private or business customer. The warranty will match the petrol car’s three-year/60,000-mile cover, while Peugeot should offer fixed-price service plans that you can spread out in monthly payments. The e-2008 needs servicing every 16,000 miles or two years, compared to 12,500 miles or annually for petrol models.
Engines, drive & performance
All Peugeot e-2008 models come with a 134bhp electric motor and a 50kWh battery. Besides the 153bhp petrol engine it’s the most potent in the range, and 0-62mph is dealt with in nine seconds. That’s similar to the Kia e-Niro, and the e-2008 feels very punchy as a result, with strong acceleration up to 50mph, at which point things become a bit more sedate. There’s no gearbox to slow things down, either, so acceleration is smooth and immediate. The top speed is limited to 93mph so as not to drain the battery too quickly.
Battery packs are heavy and the Peugeot e-2008 is over 300kg more than the petrol and diesel models as a result. That’s like having four adults on board at all times, so Peugeot has set up the suspension differently to lessen the effects of the extra bulk. It has mostly succeeded; the e-2008 handles well and body roll is kept in check the majority of the time, but the petrol 2008 does feel more agile and a bit sportier. Unless you drive the two cars back-to-back, however, you probably wouldn’t find much to complain about in the way the e-2008 drives. There's enough grip and the light steering is precise enough to give you confidence when driving the car quickly.
Interior & comfort
Peugeot’s recent models have dashboard designs that are like no other car on the road, and the new Peugeot e-2008 is no different. You still look at the 3D i-Cockpit digital instrument cluster (standard on all models) over, rather than through, the steering wheel. Peugeot says most people will be able to see the dials over the wheel with the seat and steering wheel adjusted correctly, but you might find it takes a while to get used to.
There’s a much more upmarket feel to the latest 2008. Soft-touch materials cover more of the interior, and the physical buttons on the centre console are styled to look like piano keys. They feel like they could easily be from a more expensive car, while contrast stitching is offered and gives the interior a lift. Above them is a touchscreen available in two sizes; cheaper models make do with a seven-inch screen while higher-spec cars get a sleek HD 10-inch unit. Top models also get an exclusive grey suede-like seat upholstery option.
The e-2008 is well-equipped across the board. All models come with a digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, lane-keeping assist, two-zone air conditioning, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, LED headlights and a leather steering wheel. Allure adds active safety braking, front parking sensors, bigger wheels and an electric handbrake. Upgrading to GT Line brings a sportier look, a reversing camera, heated front seats and sat nav, while top-spec GT includes a panoramic sunroof and extra safety kit. You also get wireless phone charging and three years' connected services.
Most of the time the e-2008’s ride is smooth, but the extra weight of the batteries can make it bounce slightly on uneven tarmac. With no engine, the e-2008 is also impressively quiet and refined.
Practicality & boot space
Owning an electric car can involve sacrificing some of the practicality of the equivalent petrol or diesel model, as the battery packs take up space under the boot floor. The latest Peugeot 2008 was designed to have petrol, diesel and electric powertrains from the start, so there’s no less space in the e-2008.
The car’s wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) is 60mm longer than that of the Peugeot 208, and legroom is much better as a result. Headroom is also decent, and rear-seat passengers can slide their feet quite far under the front seats.
Boot space is good at 434 litres, comparing favourably to the SEAT Arona, although some rivals such as the Renault Captur and Citroen C3 Aircross offer more load space because they have a rear bench that you can slide forwards.
The Peugeot e-2008 makes do with a tyre repair kit instead of a space-saver spare wheel, but there is space under the boot floor to store the charging cable. It’s worth noting that if you want to charge from a standard three-pin home socket, you’ll need a different cable that’s not included as standard.
Reliability & safety
The Peugeot e-2008 hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP yet, so we can only speculate about the safety of the car. It should be excellent - all models come with an impressive array of safety kit including lane-keeping assistance, speed limit recognition, emergency braking assistance with pedestrian detection and plenty of airbags. The top-spec GT model also has adaptive cruise control, lane-positioning assist and blind-spot monitoring. The regular Peugeot 2008 scored four stars in crash-testing in 2019, increasing to five stars when extra safety kit is fitted.
Peugeot performed very well in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. The larger Peugeot 3008 SUV finished second out of the 75 cars on the list, while the brand came eighth out of 30 in our manufacturers list. A reasonably low 12% of respondents reported a reliability issue in the first year of ownership.