Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Modern with a high-tech feel
  • More user-friendly than it initially looks
  • Quality is impressive

There aren’t many cues to identify the inside of the e-2008 over the 2008, aside from some different seat trim and a couple of ‘e’ badges dotted around (same goes for the outside), and it’s all the better for it.

The 2008’s interior is one of the best among its compact crossover rivals, evolving the firm’s i-Cockpit setup into one that’s of high-quality and better ergonomics than previous models. You get a set of digital dials located high on the dashboard, with a small steering set lower than in more traditional cars.

On top of the dashboard is a large touchscreen display angled towards the driver, while the rest of the interior is sculpted and made using interesting materials that look and feel of good quality. It’s a real step up over the old 2008, and more than a match for the Renault Captur and Volkswagen T-Cross. In fact, it’s more than a match for more expensive cars.

The infotainment system is fairly easy to use thanks to a crisper display than the older 3008, but still requires a degree of faffing for some simpler functions. That said, there are more physical buttons lower down than in those models, but the buttons are small so you’ll need to concentrate on what you’re pressing (or touching, as some are touch-sensitive). Spend some time in the car and you’ll learn what’s where.

The 3D dials on higher-spec models can take a bit of getting used to. Some information appears closer to you than others, as Peugeot says it prioritises the most important stuff to appear nearer. You can still switch between different displays like you could in Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, but with more dramatic animation. It all looks very nice, but can be a bit slow to react in some cases.

Is it comfortable?

  • Supportive seats on all models
  • Refinement is very impressive
  • Comfortable ride as well

The e-2008 weighs about 350kg more than the regular 2008 due to its battery pack, but that serves to settle the car’s sometimes-fidgety ride quality. On most roads, the e-2008 feels relaxed and planted with a more compliant feel. It’s very nicely judged, and makes for a comfortable and peaceful ride.

Combined with the impressively comfortable and supportive seats, it’s a very VW-esque in how it feels – no bad thing. It doesn’t thump into bumps in the road, with that heavier kerbweight helping to contribute to a more composed feel and more bounce when you do hit bumps. This does mean it can feel like it rolls a bit more in corners, but this is a small family crossover, not a sporty coupe.

Electric cars often highlight more noises entering the cabin from the road, wind or wheels, but the e-2008 seems to shrug this challenge off as well. There’s a bit of wind noise around the pillars at the front and the mirrors, but overall, it’s a very serene and calming drive. That this is from a pre-production car, it’s all the more impressive.