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Peugeot E-3008 review – an impressive range, but disappointing performance

“The Peugeot E-3008 is a good car, but it’s expensive and doesn’t move the game on enough”

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Pros

  • Impressive range
  • Beautiful, premium interior
  • Practical

Cons

  • Harsh ride
  • Lacklustre performance
  • Expensive

Verdict – is the Peugeot E-3008 a good car?

The Peugeot E-3008 is a good car, but it’s perhaps marred by the high expectations set by its quirky, futuristic exterior and the hype surrounding its underpinnings. In practice, it fails to move the game on as significantly as you might expect, and while it boasts a beautiful interior and an impressive range, it’s let down by lacklustre performance, a harsh ride and an expensive price tag – though competitive finance deals can negate the last point slightly.

Peugeot E-3008 models, specs and alternatives

The Peugeot 3008 has been a regular in the brand’s range for almost two decades now, starting out as a family-friendly MPV and eventually morphing into an SUV – now there’s an all-electric version called the Peugeot E-3008 which aims to take that family SUV recipe and combine it with the lower running costs of an EV.

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Furnished with an electric powertrain, the Peugeot E-3008 has arrived into a hugely competitive class that didn’t exist a decade ago, but the brand’s reinvented premium image is what it will be hoping appeals to buyers looking for something a bit different.

The latest Peugeot E-3008, like its petrol-powered counterpart, features a sleek new look featuring a sloping roofline that’s quite a departure from the upright proportions of its predecessor. At the front, it gets Peugeot’s trademark ‘three-claw’ LED lights on either side which are reminiscent of a lion’s scratch. The headlights themselves are very thin and angled downwards for an aggressive look. The rear is relatively minimalist, and rather than a Peugeot logo, the word ‘Peugeot’ is written on the rear light bar and ‘E-3008’ sits below this.

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The E-3008 is one of the first cars from Peugeot and its Stellantis parent company to be based on a new electric car platform that will underpin a long list of future models from Vauxhall, Citroen, Alfa Romeo and other brands, so it’s a significant model that has a lot riding on it.

Trim levels

Power options

  • Allure
  • GT
  • Standard Range single-motor (207bhp)
  • Long Range single-motor (230bhp)
  • Dual Motor four-wheel drive (320bhp)

Range, charging & running costs

“The Peugeot E-3008 boasts an impressive range which seems close to quoted figures in the real world”

One of the most impressive things about the Peugeot E-3008 is its on-paper range figure. This mid-size coupe-SUV is capable of covering up to 422 miles on a single charge in Long Range guise. However, even the entry-level Standard Range’s 326-mile figure is impressive, coming close to the top-spec Skoda Enyaq’s 348-mile range.

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The E-3008 is even equipped with fast charging technology, so you won’t have to wait long when you do need to charge up, either. Its fastest 160kW charging speeds are better than the speeds offered in the Renault Scenic (150kW) although they’re still slightly behind those of the Tesla Model Y or Hyundai Ioniq 5. Still, that should be quick enough for a 20-80% top up in just 30 minutes.
 

Model 

Battery size

Range

Peugeot E-3008 Standard Range

73kWh

326 miles

Peugeot E-3008 Long Range

98kWh

422 miles

Peugeot E-3008 Dual Motor

98kWh

TBC

How efficient is the Peugeot E-3008 in the real world?

During our drive of the Peugeot E-3008, we managed to achieve roughly 307 miles to a charge, which is not bad at all, considering the official range for our test car was 326 miles.

What will the Peugeot E-3008 cost to insure?

Insurance groupings for the Peugeot E-3008 are yet to be confirmed, but competitors such as the Skoda Enyaq (and Enyaq Coupe) span groups 23 to 36 (for the performance vRS model), but the Tesla Model Y sits in groups 48 to 50. It’s hard to hypothesise where the Peugeot E-3008 might sit, but because of its slightly premium image it’s likely it will sit between these two competitors in terms of insurance cost.

Electric motor, drive & performance

“The Peugeot E-3008’s performance is disappointing, and its ride is way harsher than it should be for a family SUV”

One of the first things you’ll notice stepping into the Peugeot E-3008 is its quirky driving position and small steering wheel. It’s now a Peugeot trademark and certainly makes the E-3008 stand out against rivals in this regard, but we recommend sitting in the car to check you’re a fan of this setup before you buy.

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Unfortunately, we were largely unimpressed with the E-3008’s driving experience. We found the steering to have an odd, unnatural feeling to it. Put it into sport and the steering gets heavier, but not necessarily more engaging. 

Through a series of corners, it does feel nimble, but it comes at a significant cost to the car’s ride. It’s far too firm for a family SUV and transmits a lot of imperfections from the road into the car’s cabin and seats.

On the positive side, the E-3008 is a very refined car, so it’s quiet inside thanks to good sound deadening and a lack of wind and engine noise. The regenerative braking is good, too, and we like the paddles on the steering wheel that allow the driver to quickly and easily adjust its intensity.

Is the Peugeot E-3008 good to drive in town?

The entry-level E-3008 Standard Range offers sprightly performance under 30mph, so it’s best suited to town driving in this respect, but unfortunately, the steering feels strange even at low speeds, and the ride is overly harsh, while potholes seem to be a bigger problem in town.

Is the Peugeot E-3008 good to drive on long journeys?

Our test car’s entry-level motor failed to feel punchy enough at motorway speeds, despite its power figure. A Dual Motor version is set to arrive later which should offer even more power and feel more capable on the motorway as a result, but we’ll reserve full judgment for when we try it. There are some useful features to make motorway driving more feasible, though, such as an E-Routes feature which calculates the best route to take considering your available range and distance between charging stations.

Is the Peugeot E-3008 good to drive on B-roads?

Unfortunately, we weren’t particularly impressed with the E-3008’s driving feel, and this will be apparent on B-road blasts. While it’s agile and composed through corners, our test car transmitted lots of bumps into the cabin on country roads, and it felt very fidgety. We found acceleration to feel rather underwhelming, contributing to a lacklustre B-road experience.

Model 

Power

0-62mph

Top speed

Peugeot E-3008 Standard Range

207bhp

8.8 seconds

105mph

Peugeot E-3008 Long Range

230bhp

TBC

TBC

Peugeot E-3008 Dual Motor all-wheel drive

320bhp

TBC

TBC

Carbuyer notes

“As long as you’re not moving, the E-3008 is an impressive car. Unfortunately, the driving experience doesn’t live up to expectations.” John McIlroy, Editor-at-large

 

Interior & comfort

“Peugeot’s interiors have impressed in recent years, and the E-3008’s is no different”

If you’ve owned or test-driven a recent Peugeot 308, E-308, or any of the brand’s models of late, then the E-3008’s interior will be very familiar. Peugeot has been on a journey to position itself as more upmarket than in the past, and its recent cabin designs have been futuristic and unique, with widespread use of quality materials.

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The dashboard gets an elegant, swooping design cocooning the driver with a good blend of sporty and luxurious feel which is unlike any other interior in this market sector – we’d even go as far as to call it class-leading.

Is the Peugeot E-3008 infotainment and navigation system easy to use?

Like the brand’s other models, the E-3008 gets Peugeot’s i-Cockpit digital driver’s display which works well. Unlike in the 308, the E-3008’s digital gauge cluster flows into the infotainment screen seamlessly as a 21-inch display. There’s a second display that shows customisable shortcuts below the air vents to help you jump quickly to certain features of the infotainment.

Is the Peugeot E-3008 well equipped?

All versions of the Peugeot E-3008 get everything most drivers would think to ask for, but considering the price jump of almost £4,000 between Allure and GT models, we think the GT could do with more to make it stand out. It’s a bit disappointing that entry-level Allure costs just shy of £46k and doesn’t come with front parking sensors or heated seats, but considering this is the only real significant addition on the top-spec car, we’d still stick with Allure.

What options should you choose on the Peugeot E-3008?

It seems a little stingy that a 360-degree camera is still an option on the GT model, as well as a heat pump. While we’d be happy to forgo the camera, the heat pump is a worthy addition  – it helps the E-3008 by preconditioning and warming its battery in cold weather so it operates at optimal conditions and the range figure is better preserved. Heated rear seats and an airy panoramic sunroof can also be added as an option, and customers can opt to keep the Allure’s smaller 19-inch wheels on GT-spec cars (rather than the standard 20-inchers) which could help improve the stiff ride somewhat.

Key features

Allure

  • 21-inch panoramic curved display
  • Sat nav
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera
  • Keyless entry and go
  • LED headlights
  • 19-inch wheels

GT 

(Allure plus…)

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Black Diamond contrast roof colour
  • Black lower door cladding and widened wheel arches
  • 3D LED tail-lights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Foot-operated powered tailgate
  • Eight-colour upgraded ambient interior lighting
  • Heated front seats
  • Alcantara with faux leather upholstery
  • Rear central armrest with smartphone holder and cupholders

Practicality & boot space

“It won’t win any awards for practicality, but the E-3008’s interior and boot space is adequate for most buyers’ needs”

The Peugeot E-3008 is smaller than many rivals but it offers a lot of interior space for passengers, so still feels spacious despite its swooping roofline. Granted, it’s not the most spacious mid-size electric SUV you can buy, but we doubt even six-foot-tall adults will have an issue with the rear space on offer. Perhaps the middle rear seat could be a little more generously sized, but a passenger sitting there would find it bearable for shorter trips.

Size comparison

Model 

Length

Width

Height

Peugeot E-3008

4,542mm

1,895mm

1,641mm

Skoda Enyaq

4,649mm

1,879mm

1,605mm

Renault Scenic

4,470mm

1,864mm

1,571mm

Tesla Model Y

4,751mm

1,850mm

1,600mm

Does the Peugeot E-3008 have a big boot?

The Peugeot E-3008 is no class leader in terms of boot space, but it’s roomy enough with 520 litres on offer. Fold the seats down and you free up 1,480 litres which will be more than adequate enough for most buyers. If boot space is a priority, then rivals do have it pipped, with the Skoda Enyaq and Tesla Model Y offering a lot more.

Boot space comparison

Model 

Boot space

Peugeot E-3008

520 litres

Skoda Enyaq

585 litres

Renault Scenic

545 litres

Tesla Model Y

854 litres

Is the Peugeot E-3008 a good tow car?

The Peugeot E-3008 has a maximum braked trailer weight of 1,250kg, which isn’t loads, but enough for a small caravan, or a trailer to take garden waste to the tip, for example.

Reliability & safety

Reliability & safety

“Peugeot performs better than many rivals for customer satisfaction, and the E-3008 boasts a new competitive warranty”

The latest Peugeot 3008 and E-3008 are too new to have featured on our latest Driver Power Customer Satisfaction survey, but Peugeot as a brand came in a respectable ninth place out of 32 manufacturers in 2023, beating sister brands Citroen (11th), Vauxhall (24th) and Fiat (31st) as well as rivals Renault (29th) and Skoda (20th). 

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It didn’t quite beat Tesla in third or Kia in sixth, but reliability scores were better, with just 19% of Peugeot owners reporting an issue with their car in the first year, compared to 25% of Kia owners and a worrying 40% of Tesla owners.

How safe is the Peugeot E-3008?

Neither the latest Peugeot 3008 nor the E-3008 have yet been tested by Euro NCAP to assess safety. It’s at least good to know, however, that lots of safety equipment is fitted as standard, such as autonomous emergency braking, Peugeot SOS & Assistance that calls out responders in an emergency and a driver attention monitoring system, as well as lane keep assist and traffic light recognition tech.

What are the Peugeot E-3008 service intervals?

Peugeot recommends servicing the E-3008 every 12 months or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. The brand offers plans to spread the cost of servicing over monthly payments for up to 60 months – contact your local Peugeot dealer to check how much this would cost for a Peugeot E-3008 as the brand is yet to release servicing costs for this model specifically.

What is the warranty on the Peugeot E-3008?

The initial warranty for the Peugeot E-3008 is an industry-standard three years or 60,000 miles – whichever comes first. However, the E-3008 will be the first car offered by the brand to be covered for an additional two years or 15,000 miles each time it’s serviced by an official dealer for up to eight years or 100,000 miles – a warranty called Peugeot Allure Care. While that’s less than is possible with Toyota’s 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, you have to service your Toyota annually, or every 10,000 miles to ensure that warranty is valid. Kia also offers a competitive seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, while Hyundai offers cover for up to five years with no mileage cap.

Should you buy a Peugeot E-3008?

The Peugeot E-3008 sports a striking design – admittedly one that buyers will either love or hate – lots of space, a very competitive electric range and a beautiful cabin design. The problem is, that while these are worthy merits, the E-3008 fails to make as much of an impact as we’d have hoped in some other areas.

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We’re living in a time where it’s almost expected that an EV should wow you with punchy performance, and unfortunately the E-3008 – at least in entry-level guise – fails to do this where other similarly-priced rivals can.

We’d love to argue that its agile driving dynamics and lack of body roll make up for this, but that also comes at the expense of ride comfort, which is a trait arguably more relevant to buyers of a family SUV.

It’s by no means a terrible car, but with many rivals making big strides in this area of the market in terms of innovation, we were expecting more from the E-3008; a car that’s hugely important for Peugeot and its parent company. 

While it’s expensive, too, one saving grace is that strong finance deals do make the Peugeot E-3008 worthy of your consideration, so keep your eyes open if you think Peugeot’s family SUV could be the car for you.

What is the Carbuyer pick of the Peugeot E-3008 range?

With around £4,000 between the entry-level and top-spec E-3008 models at the time of writing, we’d stick to the entry-level Allure, which still feels well-equipped. It’s a shame that front parking sensors and heated front seats don’t come as standard on this £46k car, but it’s not worth the extra outlay for the GT model.

Peugeot E-3008 alternatives

The Peugeot E-3008 has arrived in a market blossoming with other EVs that offer a similar package but tend to blur the line between bodystyles. Like the E-3008’s coupe-SUV design, the Skoda Enyaq is offered as a Coupe variant, while there are similarly spacious EVs like the Kia EV6, Renault Scenic and the Tesla Model Y.

How we tested the Peugeot E-3008

We tested the Peugeot E-3008 on UK roads in May 2024.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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