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At a glance

New price £31,650 - £37,775
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PROS

  • Looks just like a regular 2008
  • Available in full range of trim levels
  • Impressive comfort levels
  • Identical practicality to normal car

CONS

  • Some may want more EV styling cues
  • More expensive than petrols and diesels
  • No one-pedal driving
  • Range can*t match crossover rivals

Peugeot e-2008 SUV rivals

Written by Tom Goodlad on

From the outside, there*s little to give away that the Peugeot e-2008 has a battery and electric motor lurking under its skin. Where many electric cars shout about their futuristic drivetrain with equally futuristic styling, Peugeot is taking the opposite approach with just lending its EV models a few subtle differences to regular petrol and diesel models.

That*s because the company is taking the approach of buyers picking their model of Peugeot, and then picking which kind of engine it has fitted. So, once you*ve decided you want a 2008, you can then choose between petrol, diesel or this electric e-2008, all available with the same trim level choice as well. You*ll just have to wait a little longer 每 you can order the car (as of the end of 2019), but deliveries aren*t expected in the UK until Spring 2020, a couple of months later than the regular cars.

Compare that with the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro 每 cars that have bespoke styling and different interiors to their donor cars 每 and Peugeot appears to be on to something here. Just by doing what it*s always done. That*s bound to boost its appeal to buyers feeling intimidated by opting for an electric car.

But the 2008 still has a fancy interior

2020 Peugeot e-2008 interior and dashboard

Inside the e-2008 you*re met with the same interior as the regular car, and that*s certainly a good thing. The 2008 features Peugeot*s latest evolution of its i-Cockpit design, with a small steering wheel sitting lower than the high-set dials behind, with a heavily sculpted dashboard with large touchscreen display perched on top, angled towards the driver.

It's the best version yet of this setup in terms of clarity and ease of use, with more shortcut buttons and a crisper display, although Peugeot has stepped it up with a 3D display for the driver. It can take a while to get used to, but once you realise the more important information appears closer to the driver, and the less important stuff appearing further back, it*s neat and clever. Plus, you can customise the display with what you want to prioritise.

Even better is the fact the e-2008 is just as practical as the petrol and diesel models. That means enough space for four adults, and one of the biggest boots among this type of car 每 especially in comparison to the cramped Kona Electric.

Does it drive like a regular 2008?

2020 white Peugeot e-2008 side profile

The e-2008 feels like a well-judged starter EV. Electric cars instantly deliver maximum pulling power, but the e-2008 isn*t tuned to deliver whiplash-inducing acceleration. While it has decent power, acceleration builds progressively rather than rapidly, accompanied by the trademark electric hums and whines.

That*s because Peugeot has wisely rationed the power to protect range. Maximum power in Sport mode is 100kW (136hp), but typically the e-2008*s motor has 80kW to deploy.

The battery-powered 2008 is some 350kg heavier than its petrol equivalent, and this changes the driving experience. The set-up feels cushier, a little bouncier, with longer suspension travel, and the nose marginally more hesitant to turn in. The brakes on the pre-production prototype we drove still need development, with firm pressure easily triggering the anti-lock braking (ABS) judder. We*ll reserve judgment until we*ve had a longer drive in the finished car, but the 2008*s inherent civility provides a splendid base for an electric car, where a lack of combustion noise and vibrations can expose refinement issues (but don*t in this case).

The e-2008 costs ?5k more than a 130hp petrol automatic (although monthly PCP and PCH costs are likely to be closer). That cash price is a pointed comparison: once you take into account the meagre domestic charging costs, 30% lower servicing bills and government subsidy, Peugeot vows that two vehicle*s running costs will be broadly similar 每 over 60,000 miles across four years.

Electric motor and charging

2020 Peugeot e-2008 badge

The electric e-2008 joins the e-208 in swelling the ranks of battery-powered Peugeots, although is expected to only account for 5% of sales. The only version available from launch has 136hp of power, and all the advantages of instant and effortless pulling power from a standing start. According to Peugeot, it offers a range of 193 miles (WLTP standard).

Its 50kWh battery pack means it doesn't have as big a range as the Kia e-Niro or Hyundai*s long-range Kona EV, but Peugeot*s electric SUV is cheaper than both with its ?28,150 starting price after ?3,500 government subsidy.

For anyone worried about the longevity of the power pack, it comes with a 100,000-mile eight-year warranty for 70% of its charging capacity. You get a selection of drive modes, which alter the level of energy recovery when braking. Like the Volkswagen e-Golf, that means a standard D-mode for normal driving or B-mode when you want to maximise energy charging when slowing.

In the UK, the e-2008 will come with a 7kW on-board charger, which will replenish the battery pack in 8 hours when plugged into a typical domestic wallbox with single-phase electricity. The maximum is a 100kW DC rapid charge, which will restore 80 per cent power in just 30 minutes. You can remotely control charging, and even set it up to heat-up the car before you set off (like the e-Golf or Nissan Leaf).

When can you buy one?

The Peugeot e-2008 is available to order now, with UK deliveries kicking off in April 2020. For find out more, click on the latest Peugeot 2008 news...

Read on for the full Peugeot e-2008 review.

Peugeot e-2008 SUV rivals