Peugeot e-2008 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Interior

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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

This is no high-riding SUV; the e-2008's ground clearance isn’t much greater than that of a normal small car. Its seats are mounted quite high, though, so you still get a relatively SUV-like driving position.

There’s plenty of adjustment in the steering wheel and driver’s seat, but Peugeot’s love of small steering wheels could cause a problem. As is the case in the brand’s other models, you’re forced to look over, rather than through, the steering wheel to see the instrument display. Although the dials are set higher than usual to attempt to remedy this, the result of this unconventional design is that not everyone will be able to find their perfect driving position and see the instruments perfectly. 

Allure trim upwards have digital instruments with a ‘3D’ effect that's a case of form over function; it makes them trickier to read at a glance than the equivalents in rivals such as the Kia e-Niro or Hyundai Kona Electric. At least, if you’ve selected the right layout for the digital screen, your speed readout is placed in a usefully prominent position. You can also prioritise sat nav maps or other information by scrolling through the display from the steering wheel.

Entry-level Active models get a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with shortcut buttons on both sides of the screen. A larger, 10.0in touchscreen is standard from Allure Premium trim upwards. We’ve only sampled the larger touchscreen, and while it looks quite impressive sitting atop the e-2008s dashboard, the system itself is a bit laggy and generally fiddly to operate. We’re also not keen on the touch-sensitive buttons located just below the screen as it’s not always obvious when you’ve actually pressed them. 

It’s also annoying that the air conditioning controls are buried in a touchscreen menu – as is the case with all current Peugeot, Citroën and DS models – simple physical dials would be more convenient. On the upside, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto do at least come as standard. 

It’s a shame about these ergonomic quibbles, because the e-2008’s interior is otherwise great. Not only does it look fantastic inside, but its looks are backed up by excellent build quality with (mostly) plush materials. The dashboard surfaces are pleasantly squishy to touch, and it’s only really on the doors that you’ll find cheaper feeling plastics. In terms of quality, it might not quite be up there with the overall solidity and plushness of the Audi E-tron, but it isn’t far away – that’s very impressive considering the price difference. It’s much more pleasant than the interiors in the Kia E-Niro, Hyundai Kona Electric and MG ZS EV.

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