Just like with the 208, Peugeot has been clever with the car’s design meaning it can come as a petrol, a diesel and as this pure electric version called the e-2008. Because the e-2008 has been designed from the outset to be an electric car, there are no compromises when it comes to space inside and when it comes to driving – it’s way more fun to drive than a small SUV has a right to be.
Its nearest rivals are the Kia Soul EV and e-Niro, Hyundai’s Kona Electric and the MG ZS EV, but it’s only really the Soul that gets close in terms of style. The e-2008’s exterior has a really sharp look – particularly the GT and GT Premium models with their sporty styling and claw-like LED day-running lights – but the highlight is the interior. Not only does the dashboard look great, but it’s really nicely put together with high quality materials. There’s a great selection of standard equipment such as LED headlights, a double level boot floor and a seven-inch touchscreen with smartphone compatibility, but mid-range Allure Premium models really take things to the next level with a digital display for the dials with a cool 3D effect.
Just like the e-208, the e-2008 is powered by a 50kWh battery with 100kW charging capability, which means a range of between 191 and 206 miles (depending on specification - the bigger tyres on the posher models create more drag and hurt the range) and a zero-to-80% charge taking 30 minutes. The electric motor packs 134bhp which is pretty respectable for small SUV; on paper Peugeot claims nine seconds for 0-62mph but the e-2008 feels quicker than that, and the combination of firm (but not uncomfortable) suspension and Peugeot’s trademark small steering wheel gives a fun factor that’s lacking in most of the e-2008’s rivals.
In fact, the Peugeot is a very compelling small electric SUV. Sure, there are rivals that are cheaper and come with longer warranties, but few look or drive as well as the e-2008. It's biggest problem will be the new Vauxhall Mokka, which use the same hardware and looks just as good.