The design team must have been nervous when it was announced that the Peugeot 2008 (and the smaller 208) would be released with a fully electric option alongside the traditional petrol and diesel variants – surely the buying public would expect an outlandish design.
People want their electric cars to stand out, right? People expect cutting-edge, futuristic design to match the innovative technology under the surface. Well, Peugeot doesn’t believe that’s the case, and nor do several other manufacturers. In fact, it’s become the trend for electric versions of fuel-powered cars to camouflage themselves amongst their conventional stablemates, saving resources and helping electric car buyers to feel less self-conscious.
So Peugeot’s electric car design team had an easy life; with the petrol and diesel-powered 2008 already a fairly neat looking thing, all it took was a slight change to the front grille (with horizontal lines instead of vertical ones) and a few ‘e’ badges and their work was done. So if you like the look of the 2008, you’ll find the e-2008 similarly appealing inside and out.
But is there more to admire than its striking French looks? That’s an important qustionm given that there’s plenty of electric car competition. Its rivals, the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric rule the roost in this territory, with the impressive new Renault Zoe close behind and a crop of cheaper city car-sized rivals in the shape of the Seat Mii Electric and Volkswagen e-Up.
The e-2008 gets an interior that offers style and space, a 50kWh battery that gives it an official range of 193 miles, as well as all the other low-running cost benefits of EV ownership. But how does it stack up against its rivals, and version should you go for if you choose to buy one? Read on to find out.