New Peugeot e-2008 and DS 3 Crossback E-Tense vs Kia e-Niro: costs

Not one but two new small electric SUVs from Peugeot and DS have come along to challenge our favourite, the Kia e-Niro. Let’s see if the incumbent is in for a shock...

Peugeot e-2008 side

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

Right now, electric cars make an awful lot of sense if you’re a company car driver. You’ll pay a fraction of the benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax that you would with a petrol or diesel car; none of our trio will cost much more than £300 (for a 40% tax payer) in total up to March 2023. That’s a steal. If you’re leasing, the e-Niro is the cheapest at £240 per month, followed by the e-2008 (£256) and the E-Tense (£312).

The e-Niro is the priciest on PCP finance. On a three-year deal with a £3500 deposit and a limit of 8000 miles a year, it will cost £567 per month, compared with £529 for the E-Tense and £483 for the e-2008.

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense side

For cash buyers, the e-2008 has the lowest sticker price and the e-Niro the highest, the latter not helped by the fact that no Target Price discounts are available even after two years on sale. The pecking order is the same when it comes to overall ownership costs for private buyers over three years, although the difference isn’t huge, partly because the e-Niro has the strongest predicted resale values.

Electricity bills will also be smallest for e-Niro owners and biggest for those who choose the E-Tense, although exactly how much you spend will depend on where and when you plug in.

Kia e-Niro side

With its bigger battery and better range, the e-Niro takes the longest to recharge, requiring 10 and a half hours to go from empty to full via a typical home wallbox, compared with 7hr 15min for the others. The E-Tense and e-2008 can be charged a rate of up to 100kW, whereas the e-Niro is limited to 77kW; this means the French pair can get from 10-80% in less than half an hour if you use a suitable public rapid charger, whereas the e-Niro will keep you waiting for nearly 45 minutes.

The e-Niro goes some way to justifying its higher price by coming with the most kit, with heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and a sunroof all included, on top of the climate control, privacy glass and power-folding door mirrors that they all get.

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense vs Kia e-Niro vs Peugeot e-2008 costs

Safety features for each include automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance and, for the E-Tense and e-Niro, blindspot monitors – a £200 option on the e-2008. The E-Tense performed well across the board in its Euro NCAP tests; the e-Niro and e-2008 haven’t been tested specifically, but their regular equivalents proved to have weaknesses when it came to child protection.

None of these cars appeared in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, and nor did DS as a brand, but Kia ranked seventh out of 31, while Peugeot was well down in 25th place. Both the French cars provide a three-year warranty, while the e-Niro’s is seven years. All get much longer warranties specifically for their batteries.

Used alternative

2017 Tesla Model S 60

Tesla Model S front

For around the same money as any of the cars here, you could buy a three-year-old example of one of the most recognisable and fashionable electric cars around. The ground-breaking Tesla Model S is a swish, swift, spacious luxury car with, in this 60 version, a 248-mile official range and access to a quick, convenient public charging network. Our data shows that it isn’t very reliable, though.