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 Renault Zoe; 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 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 Renault Zoe, Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric. With quite a bit of additional weight compared with the fossil-fuel powered 2008, the e-2008 feels quite lethargic on country roads, not offering the agility of the Kona Electric, or smaller electric cars like the Mii Electric.
The e-2008 also suffers from a firm ride which can become irritating at low speeds where it gets unsettled by road imperfections that wouldn’t faze an e-Niro. Up at motorway speeds and on smooth roads there’s little to complain about, though.
The e-2008’s range on a full charge isn’t much to celebrate; its WLTP-verified official range of 193 miles is nothing special by the standards of the latest electric cars. It still goes further than the Seat Mii Electric, but that car is much cheaper. The Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro can both travel further than the e-2008 between charges.
To charge the battery from 0-80% from a rapid DC charger takes 30 minutes, a 7.4kW home charger will do the same in eight hours. You can charge it from a standard three-pin plug at home, but that’ll take more than 20 hours. As an option, it can use chargers that offer 11kW charging speeds – enough to give you an 80% charge in five hours. It’s a shame this feature isn’t standard across the range.