The interior layout, fit and finish
This is no high-riding SUV, its ground clearance isn’t any 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.
A 3D-effect driver display comes as standard in place of conventional instruments. It serves no real practical purpose but is a unique bit of tech in this class that’s well executed. It’s standard equipment from mid-spec Allure.
Entry-level Active models get a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with shortcut buttons on both sides of the screen. A bigger, 10.0in touchscreen is available as an option (it’s standard only on the e-2008). The system itself is a bit laggy and generally fiddly to operate, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto do at least come as standard.
If you go for that bigger screen, the touch-sensitive shortcut buttons are moved to sit above the piano key-styled physical buttons that protrude from the dash. While the physical switches are clearly labelled and good to use, the touch-sensitive ones can frustrate; it’s not always obvious when you’ve actually pressed them.
It’s also annoying that the air conditioning controls are hidden within a touchscreen menu – as is the case with all current Peugeot, Citroën and DS models – simple physical dials would be more convenient.
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 Renault Zoe.
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