Peugeot e-2008 is a small SUV that does look similar to its petrol and diesel version and is the first EV launched by this French company Peugeot. Despite being expensive, it will save a lot of money on its motoring. Thanks to its smooth torque, refinement, and relatively settled ride, the e-2008 is much better to ride. Although unlike other EVs there is no compromise in comparison to ICE models when it comes to practicality. Furthermore, what makes Peugeot the solid first EV is its good level of tech and plenty of kits. The amazing experience the EV brings makes it worth being on the buyer’s shortlist who is buying an EV for the first time.
Design of Peugeot e-2008
E-2008 has taken a cutting-edge look which makes it as if it is 3D-printed but does little to distinguish itself from its petrol and diesel version. However, it does have a jazzy front grille and plenty of ‘e’ badges that highlight its greener method of propulsion. There are other two types of models—GT and GT Premium models. Both the models have a sharp look and the GT premium in particular have a sporty style and claw-like LED day-running lights.
The exterior of Peugeot e-2008
Peugeot e-2008 SUV is powerfully sculpted and has a streamlined body. The SUV is emphasised by aerodynamic inserts and boasts an athletic physique. To highlight its sporty, tenacious personality, the e-2008 has a striking front end, distinctive signature lights, and a horizontal bonnet topped with a black diamond roof. In addition to that, the silhouette is fluid and robust and has raised ground clearance. The side panels are styled sharply and aggressively.
The distinctive front end of the EV SUV attributes a setback windscreen that draws attention to its streamlined athletic design. Underlining the modern look of the feline aesthetic it comprises a horizontal bonnet that sits atop the chrome grille. At the edge of this grille on either side are the headlights and the three-clawed lights.
Talking about the rear of this car features a gloss black stripe across the back which is intensified by the spoiler and twin chrome exhaust. All of this gives a beautiful finish to the line. The three-claw running lights along with the rear signature LED lights further accentuate both the advanced designs and its visibility.
Interior of Peugeot e-2008
The e-2008 comes with a parking sensor in a standard model, a rear-view camera in an Allure Trim, front parking sensor in a penultimate GT trim. All the versions have dipped LED headlights but the GT Trim is the only one with a dipped and main beam bright headlights. The driving seat and the steering wheel are both adjustable for height. The steering wheel can also be adjustable for reach. The seat is a little narrow and does not have lumbar adjustments. It might take drivers some time to adjust to find a comfortable sitting position.
The Peugeot e-2008 has screens with 3D effects and replaces the analog dial. A 7.0″ touchscreen is available in an entry-level Allure Premium Trim with no sat-nav. A 10.0″ touchscreen with navigation can be found in GT Trim. The buttons have an expensive feel to them and the tactile upper surface is complemented by the gloss black trim.
The car also has a panoramic opening glass roof that allows plenty of light to enter the SUV. It also comes with a manual roller blind. The e-2008 also provides enough leg and headspace for a tall guy to easily fit inside. The fact that it is very narrow in size, the space compared to the other EVs like Kia e-Niro and Volkswagen ID.3 is quite small. The rest of the storage space is reasonable which includes space under the central armrest, cubbies, door pockets, and glove box.
The passenger space is also quite fine but has enough space for a 6-foot guy not to feel pinched. The height of the passenger seat can be adjustable but does not provide lumbar support. Unlike other EVs, the e-2008 does have a front boot space but the rear one is available which can fit 5carry-on. It does have space for charging cables under the boot floor and its height can be adjustable.
Technology in Peugeot e-2008
Peugeot e-2008 comes with an assist pack plus that allows semi-autonomous driving. This will help in lane positioning and automatically keeps a safe distance between the car in front. It also has advanced grip control modes which are mud, sand, and snow. Also, it has hill assist descent control. Adding more on to the safety features, it also includes blind-spot detection, active safety brakes, distance alert, smart beam assist, road signs, and speed limit recommendation and recognition.
The e-2008 comes with a 50kWh battery and the bigger the battery the longer the mileage. The mileage for this car is estimated to be 206km which is quite less than the Kia e-Niro which happens to be 282km. The battery has 134bhp and can overcome 0-60mph in 9 secs.
Luxury that appeals in Peugeot e-2008
In this Peugeot e-2008 EV SUV, the roads and the wind sound are greatly suppressed. It is also quite softly sprung and while driving if there is a bigger undulation at a speed it can cause a bit of a bounce. It is also less jiggly and cushions over speed bumps making the driving experience very appealing.
Although there are some negative points. The steering wheel is very small and needs greater concentration when taking turns on the road. It also leans more in the corners and has snatchy brakes that one might need to get used to.
A great car by a French company. Especially its safety features. Although some improvements are needed to be done regarding comfort, much of the interior might need to be upgraded like the steering, the seats, and the infotainment section.