Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Just one EV powertrain available
  • Offers 136hp and 260Nm of torque
  • Battery range indicator difficult to rely on

Picking your e-2008 is very easy in terms of what’s under the bonnet – there’s just one choice. Power is provided by a 50kWh battery pack powering a 136hp (horsepower) electric motor via the front wheels and a single-speed automatic transmission.

Electric motor specs

Model Power and torque
0-62mph time
Top speed
50kWh (all models) 136hp, 260Nm 8.5secs 93mph

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Performance is brisk, as in any electric car, but Peugeot has avoided going down the route of over-the-top rapid acceleration. The torque is instantly available, but in its Normal drive mode, the e-2008 sets off in a much more serene and calm way compared with the often-wild Kona Electric. That doesn’t mean it’s slow – it pulls away smoothly and in silence, and still quicker than the majority of the regular 2008 range.

If you do want a zap of extra power, you can select Sport mode for quicker responses (and an extra 40Nm of torque) from the electric motor. Then it feels more eager to get going, but still doesn’t overwhelm the chassis like the Hyundai. It feels more akin to the Kia e-Niro in its power delivery, while an Eco mode slows things down to prioritise preserving available driving range.

There’s very little drama in the way it builds speed, with just the sound of a bit more wind noise to give you the clue you’re moving faster along the road. You can nudge the gearlever back to enable stronger regenerative braking, but you can’t do this via a set of paddles on the steering wheel, plus there’s no one-pedal-style driving like in a Nissan Leaf.

It’s worth noting that the distance-to-empty read-out on the dashboard is difficult to rely on for people new to the car, especially for those with range anxiety. The issue stems from the fact that after a full recharge, it displays the maximum possible WLTP mileage, rather than an estimated figure based on previous driving. This means once underway, the range indicator drops more quickly than the miles driven. Not good for newbies, or those with range anxiety.

2020 Peugeot e-2008 driving mode

Handling

  • Feels very similar to regular 2008
  • Tidy handling overall, but a bit of body roll
  • Extra weight helps with composed feel

Most electric versions of internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE) weigh more, and this is the case with the e-2008, to the tune of around 350kg. Because that weight is centred low in the car (the battery pack is spread beneath the rear seats and under the floor), it doesn’t have too much of a pronounced effect on the way the car handles.

Where the regular 2008 feels quite agile in the bends, the e-2008 just has a slightly dulled feeling. It’s only really noticeable if there’s a series of twists and turns, feeling like it can’t quite react as quickly as a petrol model, but most of the time it still feels grippy and planted – perhaps more planted than ICE versions because of that extra bulk.

The car’s light steering remains though, which does aid in making it feel keener to turn into a corner – sometimes making you turn a bit too much into a bend as the steering is quite quick. Popping the car into Sport mode adds a bit more weight to the steering, but the lightness found in other modes means it’s nice and easy to manoeuvre in town and in car parks.