Peugeot e-2008 Review

The Peugeot e-2008 is an electric small SUV. It makes alternatives look dull, is practical and comfortable, though it costs more and has a shorter range than a petrol or diesel.

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What's good

  • Looks great
  • 100kWh charging standard
  • Pokey performance

What's not so good

  • Pricey to buy
  • Relatively short range
  • Alternatives are more fun

Peugeot e-2008 Review

The Peugeot e-2008 is an electric small SUV. It makes alternatives look dull, is practical and comfortable, though it costs more and has a shorter range than a petrol or diesel.

7/10
Wowscore

This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car

What's good

  • Looks great
  • 100kWh charging standard
  • Pokey performance

What's not so good

  • Pricey to buy
  • Relatively short range
  • Alternatives are more fun
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Overall verdict

Always need the very latest smartphone? Follow the latest catwalk fashion statements? Well, the Peugeot e-2008 might be your sort of car. It’s not only an in-vogue small SUV, but also runs purely on electricity. Rest assured FOMO will be a thing of the past with one on your driveway.

But if you’ve wrestled with the idea of buying an EV and worry it’s all too big a step, then the e-2008 is the EV for you – all that distinguishes it from 2008 is its new grille and badging.

Still, even without obvious hints to its electric propulsion, the e-2008 is a sharp, modern-looking car with a variety of LED light slashes and bodywork creases that make a VW e-Golf and Hyundai Kona Electric look a bit dull.

And the same is true of the inside where you’ll find yourself enveloped by the e-2008’s sculpted design and a pair of large infotainment screens. It looks brilliant and feels pretty expensive, too, though the Peugeot’s fiddly controls could learn a lot from the more intuitive VW and Hyundai.

On the upside, there’s not much to complain about in terms of practicality. There’s plenty of room for a young family and loads of storage spaces to help you keep the interior tidy. Even boot space – there’s room for a set of suitcases – remains the same as in the regular 2008.

The most obvious clue that the e-2008 is electric comes when you start it, silently. It’s powered by a 100kW (or 136hp) electric motor, which doesn’t seem like much but factor in 260Nm of torque that’s available the moment you put your foot down, and it feels surprisingly quick.

The e-2008 is like a Quartz wristwatch – it looks completely conventional on the outside but under its skin, traditional mechanicals are replaced by electronics.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

Charging to 80% on a 50kWh public fast charger will take around 50mins, but the e-2008 comes with 100kWh charging as standard. if you can find one, the time drops to 28 minutes. A charge on a domestic plug will take 20 hours, and that home charge will translate to around £7 in cost, which versus a petrol car over the same distance will save you around £16. If you can’t charge at home, take a look at our charging map to find your nearest public charger.

The Peugeot e-2008 is a relaxing car to drive, with little noise, effortless performance and no gearbox to worry about the e-2008 is a point-and-shoot tonic to the misery that is real-world driving in town.

Higher speeds reveal the heavier e-2008 is less happy cornering quickly than the standard car, although there’s not a huge amount in it. And the cars are similarly closely matched on the motorway with the electric model’s silent motor keeps things nicely hushed, though it still suffers from a little bit of wind noise around the windscreen.

It’s here that the e-2008’s modest 192-mile range becomes more of an issue because it drops rapidly at cruising speed. In the city, the range steadies thanks to regenerative brakes that top up the battery when you lift your foot off the accelerator, though they only apply a light force, so you can’t rely on them to brake the car like you can in a Nissan Leaf.

All of which means, the e-2008 makes a strong case for itself as a stylish, practical and extremely comfortable SUV. If you can live with the limited range, it’s the pick of the 2008 range. Check out our Peugeot deals page for the very best prices.

What's it like inside?

The Peugeot e-2008’s interior doesn’t look or feel much different to the standard model’s, which is a good thing. It looks fantastic and is good quality, although some of the buttons can be fiddly.

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How practical is it?

A family with small children will have no trouble with the e-2008, although if you often carry adults in the back, they might find it less comfortable.

Boot (seats up)
434 litres
Boot (seats down)
1,467 litres

Even before you get sat behind the e-2008’s steering wheel you’ll notice the benefits of its upright SUV body. Getting in is a cinch and you could can slide back out again rather than having to haul yourself to your feet like you do in a lower-slung car like the Peugeot 208.

There’s very little to complain about in terms of space up front. Head and legroom aren’t an issue and a wide range of adjustment for both the steering wheel and seat (top-end models seats are electrically adjusted and heated) means you can always get a comfortable driving position. 

That said, whether your body’s geometry works with Peugeot’s iCockpit design isn’t guaranteed, so you may have to compromise slightly on your driving position just to get a clear view of the dials above the steering wheel.

The back seats will also be fine for anyone up to six foot tall, although it’s a shame it’s doesn’t offer any adjustment. Oh well, there’s loads of head and foot room and even the middle seat is okay for a fifth passenger. Try to put anyone taller in the back, though, and you’ll find knee room is in short supply, particularly if you and your front seat passenger are a similar height. 

Need to carry little people? No problem – the e-2008 has room for three baby seats and the mounting points are easy to find hidden behind (flimsy-feeling) zips on the bottom of the seats.

Peugeot has crammed its e-2008 with storage spaces so it gets four door pockets that will all swallow a bottle of water, a deep space underneath the front centre armrest and a couple of cupholders in between the two front seats.

More novel is the lidded cubby on the centre console which has a stand for your phone. And there’s no need to worry about charging because you can have your 2008 with no less than three USB ports, plus a USB C and 12v power socket.

The Peugeot has a 405-litre boot meaning it’s about average for the class. The boot has an adjustable floor which means heavy luggage can be slid into place and the boot’s square shape makes it easy to load. 

If you need more room, the Peugeot’s back seats split 60:40 – so you can balance between boot and rear passenger space – to reveal a total load capacity of 1,471 litres or enough to fit a few loads from IKEA. 

What's it like to drive?

The Peugeot e-2008 feels spritely in town and is comfortable with it, but you’ll be able to travel further between stops in a petrol or diesel 2008.

Electric cars are just brilliant in town, and in the e-2008, you benefit from its slightly raised driving position too.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

The most obvious clue that the e-2008 is electric comes when you start it, silently. It’s powered by a 100kW (or 136hp) electric motor, which doesn’t seem like much but factor in 260Nm of torque that’s available the moment you put your foot down, and it feels surprisingly quick.

Charging to 80% on a 50kWh public fast charger will take around 50mins, but the e-2008 comes with 100kWh charging as standard. if you can find one, the time drops to 28 minutes. A charge on a domestic plug will take 20 hours, and that home charge will translate to around £7 in cost, which versus a petrol car over the same distance will save you around £16. If you can’t charge at home, take a look at our charging map to find your nearest public charger.

The Peugeot e-2008 is a relaxing car to drive, with little noise, effortless performance and no gearbox to worry about the e-2008 is a point-and-shoot tonic to the misery that is real-world driving in town.

Higher speeds reveal the heavier e-2008 is less happy cornering quickly than the standard car, although there’s not a huge amount in it. And the cars are similarly closely matched on the motorway with the electric model’s silent motor keeps things nicely hushed, though it still suffers from a little bit of wind noise around the windscreen.

It’s here that the e-2008’s modest 192-mile range becomes more of an issue because it drops rapidly at cruising speed. In the city, the range steadies thanks to regenerative brakes that top up the battery when you lift your foot off the accelerator, though they only apply a light force, so you can’t rely on them to brake the car like you can in a Nissan Leaf.

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What's it like inside?

The Peugeot e-2008’s interior doesn’t look or feel much different to the standard model’s, which is a good thing. It looks fantastic and is good quality, although some of the buttons can be fiddly.

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