Peugeot e-2008 GT Premium
Sharing much of its technology with the 2021 GreenFleet Vehicle of the Year, the Peugeot e-2008 adds more practicality to the same efficiency and long range mix, Richard Gooding discovers
What is it?
The e-2008 is the electric version of Peugeot’s 2008 small SUV, based on the 208 small hatchback. The all-electric e-208 was named the 2021 GreenFleet Vehicle of the Year, and the e-2008 uses the same technology as Peugeot’s small car award winner. Built on the e-Common Modular Platform (e-CMP) – along with the DS 3 E-Tense, Vauxhall Corsa and Vauxhall Mokka, as all these brands are now part of the vast Stellantis group – the same 100kW electric motor and 50kWh battery combination are shared.
What range does it have?
Similarly to the e-208, the e-2008 is one of the longest-range small electric cars. At the time of testing, the single-charge range of the Peugeot small SUV was up to 206 miles. However, in early 2022, Peugeot added technological changes which improved this distance to up to 214 miles. A 7.4kW on-board charger is standard, but a £300 11kW unit is optional.
Two regenerative braking modes benefit efficiency. The standard setting modulates the set-up to give a sensation similar to engine braking, and the enhanced 'B' mode gives a sharper response and increased deceleration, controlled with the accelerator pedal. Easy to use, with a flick of the gear selector, it really makes a difference to the amount of regeneration on offer.
How long does it take to charge?
Peugeot officially quotes a rapid charging time of 30 minutes to 80 per cent battery capacity on a 100kW connection. This increases to in-between seven and eight hours on a home 7.4kW wallbox. On a 10A/3kW domestic socket, this rises to 24 hours.
How does it drive?
Externally, the e-2008 looks similar to its combustion-engined siblings, but gets a smarter front grille and Peugeot badge with blue highlights. ‘E’ and ‘GT’ badges also feature, and overall, with its sharp creases and lines, the e-2008 is very distinctive. That distinctiveness is carried on inside, Peugeot’s 3D i-Cockpit placing all the important features and controls around the driver. The split-level dashboard might take some getting used to for some, but it works well. The configurable 3D instruments look great, and with quality of a higher standard then Peugeots of the past, the overall impression is a lot more premium. Practicality is good, too, with the same 434-litre boot as petrol and diesel models.
As with most electric cars, the e-2008 is immediate and spritely from a standstill thanks to its 192lb ft/260Nm of torque. There’s more than enough performance for cutting through busy traffic in city streets and when the car ventures out onto the open road. As with the e-208, the e-2008 is refined, and delivers a fun driving experience. Easy to place, with a largely comfortable ride, the e-2008 can be a relaxed cruiser, too. Suited to urban and out-of-town environments. Three modes tailor the driving experience for maximum range or more performance. 'Normal' is for daily use, 'Eco' prioritises range, while 'Sport' focuses on performance.
What does it cost?
The Peugeot e-2008 is available in five trim levels. The £33,265 Active Premium is the entry point, and includes 16-inch alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, automatic air conditioning, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 3.5-inch digital instrument display, a seven-inch colour touchscreen, and an electrochrome rear view mirror. The £34,865 Allure Premium features 17-inch alloy wheels, leather effect seat trim, a 180-degree reversing camera, Peugeot 3D i-Cockpit, and an active safety braking function.
The £37,215 e-2008 GT adds ambient lighting and aluminium pedals, a blind spot monitoring system, front parking sensors, heated seats, LED exterior lighting, a 10-inch colour touchscreen and wireless smartphone charging. As tested, the £38,415 GT Premium includes 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, and alcantara seat trim.
How much does it cost to tax?
Under current taxation bands, Peugeot's electric small SUV is exempt from VED charges, both in the first and following years. The e-2008 also attracts a one per cent Benefit In Kind (BIK) company car rate for 2021-2022, rising to two per cent in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
Why does my fleet need one?
Stylish, well-equipped and efficient, Peugeot’s electric small SUV has a decent range and is enjoyable to drive. Living up to its badging, the car has an upmarket feel, too, helped by the smart interior technology on show. Offering all the enticing appeal of GreenFleet’s 2021 Vehicle of the Year but in a more practical package, like the e-208, the e-2008 should fit the bill for those wanting a small car with low running costs.
Peugeot e-2008 GT Premium
Engine: 100kW / 134bhp electric motor and 50kWh lithium-ion battery
Range (WLTP): 214 miles
GF Efficiency: 4.07m/kWh
VED: £0 first-year, £0 thereafter
Price (OTR): £38,415 (including VAT, £38,990 as tested)