Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The e-2008 gets a 50kWh battery and an electric motor that powers the front wheels and delivers 134bhp and 192lb ft of torque. A 0-62mph time of 9.3sec means it offers similar pace to the cheaper MG ZS EV; in other words not scintillatingly rapid in a drag race, but brisk enough from rest to 30mph so it’ll easily whisk you around town. The top speed is 93mph, but acceleration rather tails off somewhat as you draw closer to that speed; gone is the instant hit of acceleration you experience at slower speeds.
There are a few different drive modes you can cycle through depending on whether you want to prioritise range or performance, and you can also adjust the level of regenerative braking.
The e-2008 is easy to drive, with light, accurate steering. And, although it won’t ignite any driving passion on a country-road, you can say the same of rivals like the Kia e-Niro, Hyundai Kona Electric and MG ZS EV. Being quite a bit heavier than the fossil-fuel powered 2008, the e-2008 feels a bit lethargic on country roads, not offering the agility of the Kona Electric or smaller electric cars like the Seat Mii Electric.
The e-2008 also suffers from a firm ride. This can become irritating at low speeds, where the car is unsettled by road imperfections that wouldn’t faze an e-Niro. Up at motorway speeds and on less patchy roads there’s little to complain about, though.
The e-2008’s WLTP-verified official range of 206 miles is nothing special by the standards of the latest electric cars. And while we’ve yet to put the e-2008 through our Real Range test to find out what's easily achievable in real-world driving, we doubt you would see much more than 180 miles from a full charge – that’s some way short of the 253 miles managed by an e-Niro in real-world conditions.
As with all electric cars, the e-2008 has something called regenerative braking. This enables the car to recover energy that would otherwise be lost during braking, and convert it into electricity to feed back into the battery. The system is engaged when you press the brake pedal, and makes the latter feel curiously spongy compared with that of a petrol or diesel car; this can make it hard to slow your progress smoothly until you're used to the way the pedal feels.
Again, just like most electric cars, the e-2008 is impressively quiet on the move. There's only a gentle hum of the electric motor at low speeds, while up at 70mph there's less intrusive wind and road noise than you’ll hear in a Kona Electric or an MG ZS EV.
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