Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Should you buy a Peugeot e-2008?

It’s looking very promising indeed. The e-2008 we’ve driven so far is an almost-ready pre-production model, but even from that it’s clear that it’s a pleasing option as a small family crossover that just happens to have an electric motor and not a petrol or diesel engine. As of the end of 2019, you can order the car but deliveries aren’t expected until Spring 2020.

There are few compromises in terms of practicality and performance when compared with the regular models, and if you look at the costs over a longer-term then it doesn’t appear as expensive as you might think. Yes, the range can’t match the Kia e-Niro’s or the Hyundai Kona Electric’s, but that purchase price is also a good amount lower than either.

On a purely subjective level, the e-2008 is more smartly styled than its Korean rivals, and the interior much more interesting to be in. It may not have the win on standard equipment next to those cars, but the Peugeot’s interior feels much more modern and of higher-quality.

The Peugeot also offers a more composed ride compared with the Hyundai, and a good amount more space than it too. It loses ground to the Kia in this area though, a car that’s more spacious and equally comfortable in terms of ride quality.

The e-2008 works as a first electric car for buyers looking to make the jump. It doesn’t feel intimidating, and it doesn’t suffer the fate of some electric cars that look and feel a bit too futuristic for the sake of being futuristic. Save for some ‘e’ badges dotted about the place, the Peugeot is like any other 2008 that happens to be electric. And it’s all the better for it.

You probably don’t need the top-ranking GT model, so we’d head for mid-spec Allure or GT-Line trims, the latter providing a few more eye-catching design details and plusher interior.

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