The e-2008 fits into that group of established offerings mostly because it has been around for a while now. First released in 2019, the 208-supermini-based 2008 came in petrol, diesel and electric forms. But now, for 2023, the diesel is dead and the petrol and electric versions have had a makeover to keep them competitive.
The changes to the electric e-2008 are more comprehensive, and focus on battery and infotainment upgrades. It gets parent company Stellantis's latest 54kWh battery – which also features in the new Jeep Avenger and the updated DS 3 – and while it's only 4kWh larger than before, it means its electric range has jumped from 214 to 251 miles (WLTP claimed, 249 miles on versions with larger wheels). Charging capability remains at 100kW which means a zero-to-80% charge will take around 30 minutes.
There's also a new, powerful 154bhp electric motor. It still powers the front wheels, and while it doesn't deliver the type of performance you get in an MG4, it's quick enough for a small family SUV. The trademark small steering wheel gives a sporting feel when you're in the mood to have some fun on the school run, while the soft suspension gives great ride comfort on pot-holed roads.
Peugeot has also updated the e-2008's interior with a few new materials, and all cars now get a larger 10-inch touchscreen with new menus and it's far easier to use than before. Thankfully hasn't changed one of the car's most desirable features and that's the sense of quality. The e-2008 feels plush and expensive and puts a Volkswagen ID.3 to shame. In fact it's so well screwed together that we'd question spending the extra cash on its sister car, the posher DS 3.
That feeling of being expensive is reflected in the price, though. Entry-level cars start at just over £36,000 but we'd guess most buyers will go for Allure and GT models with their smart alloys wheels and i-Cockpit digital dial displays, and they come in at a hefty £38,350 and £40,550 respectively; First Edition tops the range at £41,600. Even finance deals are chunky with a mid-spec Allure requiring a a near-£4,000 deposit and monthly payments of nearly £700. Chinese rivals are noticeably cheaper.
Peugeot isn't chasing the value end of the small electric car sector though, it says, and the e-2008 does make a good case for itself. If you want a stylish small electric car that's good to drive, has a realistic 200-mile electric range with a comfortable, quality feeling interior, the e-2008 is well worth a look.