2024 Peugeot e 2008 review 09

The all-electric Peugeot e-2008 has simply splashed onto the Australian new automotive market, round three years after the combustion-powered 2008 arrived in native showrooms.

Controversially the e-2008 has come to Australia in pre-update type. Peugeot just lately revealed the mid-life update for the SUV line-up which introduced new appears inside and outside, in addition to extra energy and vary for the e-2008. This mannequin is ready to reach regionally at an unconfirmed date.

For now, Peugeot Australia is barely being providing in a single highly-specified GT trim at launch, which is priced from $59,990 earlier than on-road prices. At this stage the corporate doesn’t plan to introduce a lower-specification e-2008 variant any time quickly.

The e-2008 electrical SUV is the second electrical automobile (EV) Peugeot Australia has launched regionally, following the e-Partner business van which has the very same electrical motor and battery setup. At roughly $60,000, would you think about this quirky French small electrical SUV?

How a lot does the Peugeot e-2008 price?

The Peugeot e-2008 at launch is barely out there in high-spec GT specification, which prices $59,990 earlier than on-road prices. In Victoria the electrical SUV is $65,455 drive-away (every state has totally different taxes).

The e-2008 GT is $16,593 dearer than its combustion-powered 2008 GT equal, which is kind of a big soar. There aren’t any choice packages out there within the e-2008 GT, with the one further price being metallic (+$690) or premium (+$1050) paints.

In phrases of equally priced rivals there are increasingly more arriving on Australian shores every month. Some notable examples embody the Cupra Born ($59,990), Hyundai Kona Electric Elite ($60,500), Kia Niro EV S ($66,590), in addition to the forthcoming Volvo EX30 ($59,990).

The Peugeot e-2008 GT’s pricing is only a stone’s throw away from the likes of the bigger and top-selling Tesla Model Y ($65,400). It’s additionally notably dearer than different Chinese-built electrical SUVs just like the BYD Atto 3 Extended Range ($51,011) and MG ZS EV Long Range ($55,990).

What is the Peugeot e-2008 like on the within?

Hopping within the all-electric Peugeot e-2008 feels similar to the combustion-powered 2008 at first. The two have the same hip top which suggests ingress and egress is straightforward.

The e-2008 is barely coming as a singular GT specification at launch, which means the vast majority of the inside trimmings mirror what’s commonplace within the 2008 GT.

The seats within the e-2008 GT are completed in a mixture of leather-based and Alcantara with inexperienced distinction stitching, which appears and really feel fairly luxurious. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable, together with electrical lumbar, and likewise has a therapeutic massage operate which is a bit of particular.

When I sat within the driver’s seat it felt actually supportive with loads of aspect bolstering hugging me in, though I couldn’t escape the sensation the knees have been up fairly excessive. I’m not sure if this was as a result of positioning of the high-voltage battery, as once I felt additional again underneath the seat with my ft there was a very pronounced rise for the battery pack.

Ahead of the motive force is a two-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel which is small and compact. It’s a bit of cute truly, with its pronounced ‘GT’ badge, and it feels thick in hand.

The steering wheel solely has a couple of buttons on it and two scroll wheels. The latter are a bit of complicated at first as a result of they’re not clearly labelled, so it’s a little bit of trial and error to determine what they really do. For those that are curious, the left-hand one alters the digital instrument cluster and different skips the audio observe.

There’s additionally a knobbly cruise management stalk hidden behind the steering wheel that you just gained’t discover is there except you have been truly on the lookout for it, or already knew it was there. If you’re planning to make use of cruise management I like to recommend taking a look at how this stalk works earlier than setting off.

Something that took me some time to get used to is how the steering wheel must be positioned in relation to the digital instrument cluster. I wanted to have the steering wheel out so far as it might go and nearly in my lap to be able to see the display.

I already know this setup of wanting over the steering wheel into the digital instrument cluster is controversial and never everybody’s cup of tea, however over the house of half-hour or so I received used to it. I additionally wasn’t compromised and will steer the automotive correctly.

The 10-inch digital instrument cluster has a 3D operate that’s tremendous fascinating to have a look at, particularly from the passenger’s aspect because it’s extra pronounced. I think about for some drivers this might be a bit of disorienting and they’d be trying to swap it off.

There are plenty of totally different informative content material pages on the digital instrument cluster that may be scrolled by way of. The vary, present pace, and throttle utility, amongst others, nonetheless, are additionally on present.

Moving throughout the usual 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is mounted excessive just like the digital instrument cluster, and tilted towards the motive force.

During my time over the e-2008’s native media launch I discovered the touchscreen was responsive sufficient, though it might be caught napping. This means it might use maybe a bit extra processing energy to be able to make the system really feel a bit snappier.

The infotainment system comes commonplace with a satellite tv for pc navigation system that labored effectively sufficient, although at factors it was a contact laggy or grainy.

There can also be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though they’re solely out there of their wired kinds which suggests you’ll want convey a USB cable with you. The smartphone mirroring window doesn’t take up the complete display because the local weather management sections flank both sides.

Speaking of local weather management, the one manner you’ll be able to alter these settings is thru the touchscreen. There are some piano-key buttons for sure features, however if you wish to change the temperature or the place the air is blowing, you’ll be utilizing the display. This can a bit of irritating on the transfer because it’s simple to overlook the spot you’re meant to click on.

Around the cabin there are some delicate plastics, though you don’t have to look far to discover a wider vary of more durable plastics. There’s additionally a good use of shiny piano black on the centre tunnel which I can assure gained’t take lengthy to get dirty and scratched.

Unlike the combustion 2008 fashions, the e-2008 has a small toggle swap for the gear selector. It’s similar to the one within the newest 308.

I discovered the e-2008’s drive mode selector is a bit of too far again, which means I have to bend my arm a bit of like a T-Rex to be able to function it.

Moving to the second row there’s an apparent step down in facilities. The seats nonetheless feel and look nice, however you do really feel a bit of like a second-class citizen. There’s sufficient head, shoulder, knee and prime house within the second row, although like the primary row I felt my legs have been up a bit excessive.

In phrases of second-row facilities there are two USB-A ports. That’s it. There aren’t any rear air vents, nor a fold-down armrest with cupholders…

The e-2008 comes with a guide tailgate, which is a bit of disappointing given its asking value. There is 434 litres of boot capability on supply, which is the very same quantity because the combustion-powered 2008 fashions.

The boot flooring has two positions, which in its highest place creates a small underfloor part that can be utilized to retailer the charging cables in.

There’s no spare tyre, which is sadly frequent in EVs. Instead there’s a tyre restore package which isn’t ideally suited as a result of this gained’t repair each subject.

What’s underneath the bonnet?

The Peugeot e-2008 GT is powered by a single, front-mounted electrical motor producing 100kW of energy and 260Nm

of torque. This is fed by a 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Peugeot claims the e-2008 GT can do the 0-100km/h dash in 9.0 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than the combustion-powered 2008. Flat out you’ll be doing 150km/h.

The e-2008 has a claimed WLTP vary of as much as 328km, which is notably decrease than plenty of equally priced EVs. It has a most AC charging charge of 11kW and a most DC charge of 100kW. Charging with the previous from 0-100 per cent takes roughly 5 hours, whereas charging with the latter from 0-80 per cent takes half-hour.

Over the native media launch drive of the e-2008 GT which coated round 100km of primarily city and metropolitan roads in Sydney’s north, the electrical SUV had a mean power consumption of 16.3kWh per 100km. That’s not too dangerous in any respect!

How does the Peugeot e-2008 drive?

Starting up the Peugeot e-2008 is a silent affair. You do have to push the beginning button for an ungainly period of time for it to register that it truly wants to change on.

When you get transferring there’s a low-speed whir that may solely be heard on the skin. This is so pedestrians and different weak street customers can hear once you’re approaching as a result of the automotive itself is so quiet.

The e-2008’s single electrical motor has sufficient energy to get you transferring with the site visitors, though you gained’t get your socks blown off.

If you flooring it you’ll pull forward of site visitors from the lights and really feel a slight push into the seat. EVs have an inherit surge of torque at low speeds as a result of it’s all out there from a standstill. You’ll shortly attain the boundaries of the 100kW electrical motor although.

Beyond the ‘Normal’ drive mode, the e-2008 comes with an ‘Eco’ and a ‘Sport’ mode. The former considerably reduces the ability output except you completely flooring it, whereas the latter makes the automotive really feel a bit faster although you gained’t be spinning wheels at any level.

The Peugeot e-2008 feels most at residence in metropolis or city environments, which is arguably the place the vast majority of patrons will spend probably the most of their time.

Given the e-2008’s steering wheel is on the smaller aspect, it already feels a bit like a go kart. This feeling is amplified with the lighter steering really feel.

Although the e-2008 is round 300kg heavier than the combustion-powered 2008 you hardly ever feels this added weight in common driving. Around sure corners for those who carry pace you’ll really feel it nevertheless it’s not overwhelming. The automotive additionally by no means understeers.

The e-2008 has the identical suspension {hardware} because the combustion-powered 2008, though there are barely totally different spring and damper tunes to compensate for the added weight.

Over pimply city and metropolitan roads the e-2008 feels actually comfy and by no means will get unsettled. It additionally takes all types of pace bumps in its stride.

One minor disappointment with the e-2008 is it doesn’t include a correct one-pedal driving operate. Instead there’s a ‘D’ and ‘B’ mode that each require the usage of the brake pedal to be able to come to an entire cease.

Like the Cupra Born, probably the most pure mode was the extra highly effective ‘B’ driving mode as a result of driving an EV with minimal regenerative braking feels a bit of unusual. In saying that, the brake pedal seemingly has regenerative braking constructed into it and the transition to common friction braking might be awkward and disjointed at instances. This is frequent trait amongst plenty of hybrids and EVs.

Building up the pace it’s obvious simply how quiet the e-2008 is. Peugeot appears to have achieved an ideal job in insulating and decreasing the quantity of street noise that enters the electrical SUV, even at increased speeds.

It’s evident when driving on highways and freeways the e-2008 doesn’t have a lot else to provide. It can keep freeway speeds actually effortlessly, however you’d want to actually take into consideration whether or not you’ve gotten sufficient house to do an overtake.

On the protection entrance, the Peugeot e-2008 GT is absolutely loaded. It comes with adaptive cruise management with cease and go, in addition to a lane-centring operate, amongst different options. Some notable absences although throughout the complete 2008 line-up is rear cross-traffic alert, in addition to a correct surround-view digital camera.

What do you get?

Peugeot e-2008 GT highlights


  • 18-inch black diamond reduce alloy wheels
  • Tyre restore package
  • Body-colour chequered radiator grille
  • Nera black aspect mirrors
  • Heated, power-folding aspect mirrors
  • Diamond black rear spoiler
  • Diamond black contrasting roof
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Auto high-beam
  • LED daytime operating lights with built-in fog lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Door-mounted puddle lights
  • Rain-sensing window wipers
  • Privacy glass
  • GT badging
  • E badging


  • 10.0-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wired Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Satellite navigation
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • Dual-zone local weather management
  • 8-colour ambient inside lighting
  • Keyless entry and push-button begin
  • Electric park brake
  • ‘e-Toggle’ gear selector
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Illuminated vainness mirrors
  • Frameless auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Chrome-trimmed sport pedals
  • Alcantara and leather-effect upholstery
  • Heated entrance seats
  • Electric driver’s seat adjustment
    • Electric lumbar help
    • Massage operate
  • Mode 3 charging cable

Is the Peugeot e-2008 secure?

The combustion-powered Peugeot 2008 has a five-star ANCAP security ranking, although for now the electrical e-2008 counterpart stays unrated.

Standard security options embody:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
    • Low-light pedestrian detection
    • Cyclist detection
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Active Lane Following Assist
  • Adaptive cruise management with cease and go
  • Traffic signal recognition

This is along with entrance, aspect and curtain airbags.

How a lot does the Peugeot e-2008 price to run?

The Peugeot e-2008 is roofed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee. In addition, there’s additionally an eight-year, 160,000km guarantee for the high-voltage battery.

Logbook servicing is required each 12 months or 25,000km, whichever comes first. The first 5 providers are priced as follows:

12 months/25,000km $258
24 months/50,000km $360
36 months/75,000km $258
48 months/100,000km $374
60 months/125,000km $272
Total $1522

Peugeot Australia additionally presents pre-paid servicing for the e-2008. A 3-year package deal prices $600, whereas a five-year package deal prices $1000.

CarExpert’s Take on the Peugeot e-2008

The Peugeot e-2008 is a cute and quirky little package deal that kinds as an interesting different to the rising variety of Chinese-built EVs on the Australian new automotive market.

It presents a refined and quiet driving expertise, with simply sufficient energy to maintain you happy. The small electrical SUV additionally comes nearly absolutely loaded which leaves you not wanting for a lot.

Given its steep asking value, I’m afraid the e-2008 GT might sadly type as a distinct segment of a distinct segment. Only 174 combustion-powered Peugeot 2008 automobiles have been offered to the top of August in 2023.

At roughly $60,000 this French electrical small SUV is only a stone’s throw away when it comes to value from the bigger and top-selling Tesla Model Y when it comes to value. Thankfully it’s not as a lot because the Kia Niro EV, or extra luxurious choices just like the BMW iX1, Lexus UX 300e, and Mercedes-Benz EQA.

Peugeot Australia claims it has “good” inventory of the e-2008 for this 12 months and may have sufficient provide to satisfy the demand. For now we’ll simply have to attend and see what affect this small electrical SUV truly has on the Australian new automotive market.

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