Peugeot e-2008 interior
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.
Style is not something the e-2008’s interior has in short supply – in fact, it looks great.
For a kickoff you get a pair of huge infotainment screens that make the displays in other cars look like tiny calculator screens. Quality upfront is also up with the best in class with soft materials used everywhere but the lower parts of the interior.
Then there’s Peugeot distinctive iCockpit cabin design. Instead of forcing you to look at the instruments through the wheel, Peugeot has another way – fit an unnaturally small steering wheel and place all the instruments above it. Sounds great in theory, but in practice – say you have your seat set low and the steering wheel in its highest position – your view is often more restricted than it would be in a conventional setup.
And that’s not the only part of the Peugeot’s interior that prioritises form over functionality, the strip of switches that run across the centre of the dash. They have a stylish appearance and an expensive metal feel, let down by the fact they – and the touch-sensitive buttons above them – are a real fiddle to operate.
True, choose a VW e-Golf or a Hyundai Kona Electric and you’ll find their cabins are a paragon of sensible, but also rather boring and drab by comparison.
The Peugeot e-2008 has a really attractive interior, although not all of it is particularly easy to use.
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Entry-level Active models and next-rung-up Allure cars get a 7.0-inch touchscreen, while top-of-the-range cars get a 10-inch centre touchscreen. From Allure trim you also get a superb set of 3D digital display behind the steering wheel. All 2008s will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fitted as standard, so you can use the easy-to-navigate menus of your smartphone on the car’s big screen.
That’s a good thing because Peugeot’s own touchscreen isn’t the easiest to use. First to the positives though, the 10-inch centre screen is clear and colourful and it takes only two button presses to get from the main screen to inputting a postcode. The sat-nav computes routes quickly but there is a bit of lag if you try to pinch or swipe on maps like you would on your smartphone.
The smaller 7.0-inch screen is actually the same physical screen, but with its on-screen graphics restricted in size, which looks a little low rent.
It’s the system’s lack of intuitiveness that’s the bigger problem, though. There’s a confusing mixture of buttons, switches and touch-sensitive knobs and while there are hotkeys for some functions – such as air recirculation – others require a deep dive into the infotainment screen. Not so easy when you’re driving.
At least the digital dials behind the steering wheel look cool and the slick animations are on another level from any other car like this.
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