Peugeot e-2008 Test Drive

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Peugeot e-2008

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Peugeot e-2008 GT - a well-designed, compact electric SUV

This week I am testing the electric Peugeot with the designation e-2008, and here and now I must say that I find this one of the most beautiful segment-B SUVs or small SUVs among today’s popular ones.

24 Feb 2021

Peugeot e-2008 Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • heat pump as standard

  • standard equipment includes AC charging 11 kW 3x16A

  • particularly good sound proofing of the interior (confirmed by measurement)

  • lots of headroom in the back, up to a height of 190 cm (see photo)

  • 5 EuroNCAP stars (the highest safety rating)

  • DC charging up to 100 kW

  • battery warranty of 8 years/160,000 km (capacity must not drop below 70%)

  • the small yet powerful steering wheel is a pleasure to hold

  • ISOFIX also for the front passenger seat

  • good build quality of the entire vehicle

  • overall warranty of 5 years/60,000 km

  • infotainment with Android Auto and Apple Car Play

  • nice big storage compartment under the armrest

  • wireless charging

  • a deep glovebox

  • the center console has USB connectors type A and C (rear 2x USB A) 

  • three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Sport

  • quite decent 3D digital cockpit

  • infotainment is slightly turned towards the driver

  • trunk capacity of 434 liters, the same as the combustion engine version

  • traffic sign recognition

Cons:
  •  you cannot set the charging capacity limits, e.g., at 80%

  • the basic portable charger supplied into the common outlet can only  8A, i.e., full charging can last up to 25 hours (meaning you either have to buy a garage wallbox or a better portable charger)

  • it lacks adjustable lumbar support for the front seats

  • while driving, the display does not show the battery status in percentage, just the remaining range in kilometers, yet the large display has plenty of room for further information

  • the e-2008 is not purely an electro-platform, and I surmise that this causes the slightly higher consumption

  • the “piano black” center console - easy to get dirty and probably scratched over time

  • the cruise control is literally hidden under the steering wheel, so it takes a while to get used it being practically out of sight

  • only two modes of energy recovery (paddles under the steering wheel with more than two energy recovery modes are better solutions)

Test Drive

Peugeot e-2008 GT - a well-designed, compact electric SUV

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This week I am testing the electric Peugeot with the designation e-2008, and here and now I must say that I find this one of the most beautiful segment-B SUVs or small SUVs among today’s popular ones. I have listed above most of the pros and cons that I discovered.

The Peugeot e-2008 is 240 mm longer than the basic electric model e-208 (the wheelbase is 65 mm larger). This increase in dimensions translates to a much roomier interior, elevating it to a category above that of urban mobility vehicles. Mainly the space available in the rear seats and cargo area is much more suited to serving a family of four.

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The e-2008 has advanced Li-ion battery capacity of 50 kWh, of which 45 kWh is usable. For cars this size, this is sufficient if you are not planning frequent long drives. The engine performance (100 kW/260 Nm) is transferred to the front wheels. The top speed is limited to 150 km/h. In normal operation, this Peugeot is pretty fast. Like most electric vehicles, it has immediate throttle response, and thanks to the low placement of the battery, the body leans extraordinarily little, making driving it loads of fun. Solid acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds makes this all the truer. I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent soundproofing of the interior.

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hypercharger 150 kW

So, can the e-2008 sometimes be used for a long journey? It is spacious enough for a four-person crew, and so is the trunk. A roof box can also be mounted above. The highway range requires a bit of moderation, cca 150-180 km (if there were a reasonable upcharge to order a larger battery, say 65/60 kWh, it would be much better, and the range would increase by 100 “highway” km). This means that after driving a distance of 150-180 km, you need about 25-30 minutes to recharge using a fast charger, best with power of 75 or 100 kW. And by the way, after a week of testing, I can say that the e-2008 is wonderfully soundproofed, so a longer ride in it tires you out a lot less than a noisy car does.

Regrettably, when charging (especially slow charging in the garage or at work), you cannot set a charging capacity limit, e.g., at 80%. This is a big mistake because it is not good to constantly charge the Li-ion battery up to 100%. If you know that the next day you will not be driving far, it is always better to charge only up to 80 or 90%.

One major advantage is the heat pump supplied as standard. Especially in colder weather, it reduces the overall power consumption of the car.

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The trunk has a solid capacity of 434 liters, the same as the ICE version.

The trunk has a solid capacity of 434 liters, the same as the ICE version. The loading edge is at a reasonable height of 68 cm. The trunk width is 100 cm, depth 80 cm and height 54 cm. It lacks a 12V socket.

The infotainment is sophisticated. Besides having has its own navigation system, it also works with Android and Apple Car Auto Play. Without it, I wouldn’t buy the car. There is also a mobile application to the car, where you can check the charge status, start charging, preheat the interior, etc.

Further details (power, speed, charging, etc.) on the model e-Peugeot 2008 are available at the server ev-database.org

Peugeot e-2008 Photos

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