We first drove the impressive Peugeot 2008 12 months ago & thanks to Covid 19, have only just got to grips with the electric version, the e-2008. Peugeot’s philosophy of “choose your car, choose your powertrain” means that the 2008 is available in petrol & diesel as well as electric.
The e-2008 is powered by the same 50kWh battery & 134bhp electric motor that drives electric stablemates, the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, Vauxhall Corsa-e & Peugeot e-208, with the latter our reigning Small EV Car of the Year. The e-2008 is slightly larger than these, so the maximum claimed electric range is 206 miles. Maximum power comes is 136bhp (100 kw) & a top speed in Sport mode of 93mph. Luggage capacity with the rear seats up is 311 litres & with rear seats down is 1106 litres.
The e-2008 is offered in Active Premium, Allure, Allure Premium, GT Line & top-spec GT Premium. The range starts from £33,680 for Active Premium, up to £39,630 for the GT Premium.
All models get Bluetooth, DAB radio, Mirror Screen with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, a smartphone docking station & voice recognition. Also standard are rear full LED 3D PEUGEOT signature ‘Claw Effect’ lights with daylight function, automatic follow me home headlights, PEUGEOT i-Cockpit 3.5″ instrument display & compact steering wheel, twin up front USB’s, two rear USB’s, a push button start & Peugeot’s gloss back piano key functions.
As you move up through each spec within the range, you’ll add larger alloys, the i-Cockpit with configurable 3D head-up instrument panel or i-Cockpit with 10″ capacitive colour touchscreen & a multitude of exterior upgrades such as gloss black longitudinal roof rails, LED front fog lamps with remote cornering function, Eco LED headlights & a colour coded roof.
We were testing the GT line e-200. Inside, Peugeot have really improved the interior over the previous model. There’s a centrally mounted colour touchscreen infotainment screen, plus in front of the driver, a version of Peugeot’s I-Cockpit, with a 3D version on Allure spec models & above. The function buttons are located underneath the touchscreen, a 7″ version on Active Premium, Allure & a 10″ version on GT Line & GT Premium, which enables drivers to utilise the Peugeot piano key toggle switches & easy access buttons on each side. Some of the details on the top of these, are quite small & it takes a few minutes to decipher the functions whilst on the move, a problem carried over from the 208, but compared to what else is out there, the inside of the 2008 is pretty impressive quality-wise & certainly makes a bold statement.
Some reviewers are not sold on Peugeot’s small steering wheel, but as with the e-208, in the e-2008, we think it’s great, adding to the small car driving experience. Despite it’s diminutive size, driver’s may need to utilise the fore & aft adjustment on the steering wheel, as the top of the steering wheel can obscure the I-Cockpit dials.
The e-2008’s wheelbase is only 65mm larger than the 208, but inside, especially up front, passengers have more legroom & headroom. Up front, all of the switchgear & buttons are easy to reach. The touchscreen is straightforward to use & the graphics super-clear. Connecting to AppleCarPlay is simple & the cars infotainment system as whole is very good.
Because the e-2008 is almost identical in every way to the petrol or diesel version, it’s quite easy to forget your driving an EV. The main difference inside is there’s a gear switch rather than a lever, where you can activate the regeneration function. You can select from Drive, Neutral, Reverse or Park. When you’re in Drive, you pull the stick back once & you go into B, which creates more brake regeneration. It’s very simple to use & when activated doesn’t feel at all jerky nor spoil the drive & if used regularly, will top up the battery as you make your way around urban areas.
The e-2008 comes with a choice of three driving modes. Eco, which slow’s everything down & is perfect for the motorway. Normal, which gives you a bit more get up & go, useful in urban traffic & Sport, which sharpens up the throttle response & the steering, making it the most enjoyable especially on winding, undulating roads. As each setting suggests, you increase or decrease the battery power available based on which one you select. And, will use more or less battery range as well.
As far as drivability goes, the e-2008 like the e-208 doesn’t feel overly unbalanced by the battery. It’s great in a straight line & the instant electric acceleration is quite addictive. On winding roads you can feel a little bit of weight in the car but it’s not obtrusive. Our only criticism is the ride, which on our GT Line’s 18″ wheels is both fidgety & noisy, especially over poorly maintained roads. Smoother tarmac proves much less so.
Charging & range
As charging times go, the e-2008 takes 7h 30 min to charge from 0–100% bon a standard 7.4kW home charger. Public charging on a 22kW charger from 15-80% takes 5 hours, on a 50kW charger 45 minutes & a 100kW rapid charger 30 minutes.
Driving locally or over short distances, mostly in Eco mode & utilising the B regenerative braking function, will see a range of 200 miles in your e-2008 a distinct possibility. Take your e-2008 onto the motorway, drive faster then 60 mph, or select Sport mode & you’ll see the range drop quite considerably. Factor in outside temperatures of under five degrees centigrade & you’ll further see your range drop. We reckon that 150-160 miles is amore likely guideline of the e-2008’s range. These issue’s are not unique to the e-2008, but are common with all EV’s & it’s simply a case of adjusting your driving to suit an electric car.
Pros & Cons
Those clever people at PSA, now Stellantis, decided to offer the same battery across many of their model’s, including vans & in the e-2008 its most definitely a success. On the plus side, it is a larger car than the e-208 & offers customers a little bit more interior room. However, the boot capacities, 311 litres, are the same.
As with other EV’s the 0% BIK & zero emissions make a compelling argument for company car drivers to select an e-2008 over it’s petrol or diesel brethren. If you regularly drive longer distances, we still believe that the electric version may not work for you yet. You’ll also need access to a home wall box to plug-in regularly, so that you van take full advantage of your electric car.
The e-2008 is both pricier to buy & to lease than the petrol versions, but the caveat is that it will be much cheaper to run. Based on a home electricity price of 12-14p per kWh, a full charge giving you a range of 160 driving miles, should cost £6 – £7, whereas filling up a petrol SUV will cost four times that. Take advantage of discounted domestic providers night time charging rates of 5p per kWh & it’s even cheaper. Be aware though, that paying to use a public charge point is likely to cost you over 20p a kWh.
In our opinion, the Peugeot e-2008 is a welcome addition to the electric car world. It offers a bit more room inside than sister model the e-208, whilst also featuring a decent range of 206 miles, which we reckon is more likely in the real world, to be 160 miles. There’s not a lot of electric competition in it’s sector yet, save for the Vauxhall Mokka-e, which we’ve yet to drive & perhaps the Citroen e-C4 which offers a slightly different take in the sector. So if you want a small electric SUV then the e-2008 is very much worth your time.
An Emmanuelle Petit 4/5