5.7.2021Peugeot e-2008 review
Two core trends in the current automotive marketplace are electric vehicles and crossovers. Combine the two, and surely you’re on to a winner. It’s what Peugeot - as well as a number of other manufacturers - has done, creating the e-2008. It’s offered as a Peugeot 2008, only electric, and without compromise compared to petrol or diesel crossovers. We find out whether it succeeds.
Review by Chris Lilly
PEUGEOT E-2008: PERFORMANCE
The Peugeot e-2008 uses what has quickly become a commonly found powertrain, used in a number of Stellantis Group models including the similarly-sized Vauxhall Mokka-e and Peugeot’s own e-208 supermini. I don’t even need to look up the core stats anymore because I’ve written them so often. The e-2008 uses a 100 kW electric motor, powered by a 50 kWh battery, with varying levels of power offered depending on mode; Eco has 60 kW, Normal has 80 kW, and Power features the full 100 kW.
Performance figures see a 0-62mph time of 9.0 seconds, and a top speed of 93mph, so the e-2008 isn’t quick, but nor is it sluggish. Of course, the electric motor means that short sprints make the Peugeot feel faster than it is, and it actually suits the crossover more than petrol power. It becomes eager to respond, nippy in traffic, yet capable of keeping up at motorway speeds.
Like the performance, the e-2008 actually benefits from the electric powertrain. It’s heavier than a petrol version, but the majority of that added weight is in the floor of the car, dropping the centre of gravity. It does it to such an extent that it almost feels like a supermini, countering the raised springs of the crossover styling.
It’s not the most refined ride in the world, but it drives nicely, soaking up most of any poor road surfaces encountered. It’s a well-judged set-up, that controls body roll enough, but not at the expense of comfort. The steering is similar in concept, with a small steering wheel helping, but aiding rather than the cause of a nice handling car. It’s precise, direct, and offers enough feedback to let drivers know what’s going on without feeling isolated.
Peugeot’s stylists are on a roll at the moment, creating some nice, interesting designs without creating fussy surfaces. The e-2008 is distinctive, but it’s not going to put potential customers off, and the proportions set things off nicely.
It’s not the largest of cars to sit in, but then this is ac compact crossover - effectively a supermini on stilts - so expectations must be tempered. With this in mind, rear occupant space is not luxurious, but good enough for children and occasional adults. Rear visibility is impacted upon by the sharply rising window-line, creating thick rear pillars, but a rear-view camera can negate some of this inconvenience. Occupants up front have plenty of space, and there are a handy number of cubby holes dotted about the cabin.
COMFORT & CONTROLS
Peugeot’s i-Cockpit is installed here in the e-2008, which sees a small steering wheel, raised instruments, and piano-key controls for much of the centre console. It looks great, and works well on the whole, with some nice premium touches; though quality isn’t a match for the price tag - not bad, but not great.
The infotainment system has been improved upon over recent years and has become a good (rather than excellent) set-up. The driver’s instruments are customisable, and mirror something a class up, and the driving position can be well set up. Seats are supportive even over long distances, and keep things comfortable up front.
PEUGEOT E-2008: MPG & RUNNING COSTS
The headline range figure for the Peugeot e-2008 is 206 miles on a charge, though that will drop to 191 miles on certain specifications. As I’ve found with most Stellantis Group EVs, the real-world range struggles to match up to quoted figures.
Having covered more than 300 miles in the e-2008, a reasonable average would be around 140-150 miles on a charge for mixed driving routes. Sticking to town for the most part could see that rise to 170+ miles, but that’s for serious city work. If you venture out of town much, it will drop, and a motorway run will see that become 120-130 miles in reality.
Charging systems for the e-2008’s powertrain have been well thought through. Standard AC charging impossible at up to 7.2 kW, whilst DC is possible at up to 100 kW. Both top up the 50 kWh battery relatively quickly, with a charge to 80% at maximum power on a DC point taking around half an hour. A full charge on AC will take less than eight hours.
There are three driving modes, which not only make things more efficient in Eco mode, but also stagger the power available as mentioned above. A B mode is available for greater levels of brake energy recuperation, and it’s a good strength for most settings. It’s not capable of ‘one-pedal’ driving however, nor does it offer variable levels other than D or B.
Peugeot offers the electric 2008 across the entire trim spectrum, making it a simple choice for any customer. Entry level Active Premium includes 16-inch alloys, air conditioning, eco LED headlights, electric parking brake, 7-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, steering wheel mounted controls, rear paring sensors, and automatic lights & wipers.
Allure adds 17-inch alloys, gloss black trim, reversing camera, and Active Safety Brake, whilst Allure Premium includes LED front fog lights, and configurable instrument panel. GT features sportier trim, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, and wireless phone charger. Top of the range GT premium adds 18-inch alloys, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and start, and part cloth/part Alcantara trim.
PEUGEOT E-2008: MODEL SUMMARY
The Peugeot e-2008 is a real alternative for those looking at crossovers. The 2008 range in general is a good one; stylish, practical, and good to drive. The electric version is better, with a reasonable driving range greater response, and no compromise in practicality. A higher purchase price can be off-set by lower running costs, making the Peugeot e-2008 the pick of the line-up.
Model tested: Peugeot e-2008 GT Premium
Engine / CO2: 100 kW electric motor / 0 g/km
Trim grades: Active Premium, Allure, Allure Premium, GT, GT Premium
On-road price: e-2008 range from £30,730. Price as tested: £38,580
Warranty: Three years / unlimited mileage
In the showroom: Now
Review rating: 4.0 Stars