Peugeot e-2008 review

Category: Small Electric

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

There are quite a few cheaper EVs on the market if you're not bothered about passenger space or battery range. You could have a look at the Fiat 500, the Honda E, the Mini Electric or the Mazda MX-30 instead, or the MG ZS EV offers more space for less buck. The Kia e-Niro 39kWh and Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance cost around the same as the entry-level e-2008, while the e-Niro Long Range is a fair bit more. Don't forget that you get a government grant that reduces the list price, so when comparing prices do check whether that's been factored in or not. 

If you’re a company car driver looking to lower your benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bill then an EV is a no-brainer ­– if it works with your lifestyle. You'll pay next to no BIK for at least the next couple of years compared with a petrol or diesel car. Even a plug-in hybrid will cost you more in tax, but they don't have the range issues to worry about. 

Electricity costs are another plus point. If you charge at home on an Economy 7 tariff it's way cheaper to charge the e-2008’s battery than it is to fill up the tank of a petrol or diesel car. How long does the e-2008's battery take to charge? Well, you’re looking at around 7hrs from a 7kW home wall box (0-100%) or 50mins (10-80%) at a 50kW service station charger. If you can find a 100kW charger you can get that charge in under 30mins. If you happen to be considering the Tesla Model 3, it’s worth bearing in mind that Tesla’s Supercharging network is the best in the business – reliable and prolific.

The entry-level e-2008 isn’t brimming with kit, but you do get 16in alloy wheels, climate control, automatic lights and wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. We’d suggest stepping up to Allure trim, which adds bigger 17in alloy wheels, privacy glass, and also the passenger seat height adjustment and rear-view camera we mentioned before. We’d also see why you might be tempted by GT trim. It’s not ridiculously expensive and really starts to pile on the kit, with faux-leather/ cloth seats, ambient lighting, heated front seats and the bigger infotainment screen, full LED headlights and front parking sensors that have already been covered.

Euro NCAP awarded the e-2008 five stars overall but said the DS 3 Crossback  E-Tense is safer for adults and children – there are notable concerns about chest injuries for a child in a side impact. Ultimately, the MX-30 is one of the safest cars in the class, though. All e-2008s have automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane assist; Allure trim upgrades the AEB to look out for pedestrians and cyclists as well as cars; and GT trim adds blind spot monitoring.

Peugeot didn’t do very well in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. It placed 25th out of the 31 manufacturers tested, which was above Renault, Tesla, Nissan and Vauxhall, but behind Volkswagen and Citroën. And it was miles behind Mazda, BMW, Honda and Kia. The e-2008 comes with a three-year/ unlimited mileage warranty, with the battery covered separately for eight years or 100,000 miles. Kia’s warranty is a lot longer.

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If you don't need a massive range – most people's journeys aren't that big on average – the e-2008’s range should be just fine, and it delivers decent passenger space, a good-sized boot, a nice interior and a comfy and quiet ride. But we'd definitely suggest looking at the Kia e-Niro or Volkswagen ID.3 if you need something that will travel farther between charges or if you fancy an electric car that handles better.

  • Well made and attarctive interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Impressively quiet at speed
  • Not that quick by electric car standards
  • Peugeot's reliability isn't great
  • Rivals have longer range

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