2023 Peugeot e-2008 GT review

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Peugeot has committed to having an electric variant of every model by the end of 2025, which is a bold claim given this Peugeot e-2008 is the first in its passenger vehicle range. So, how good is it?

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What we love
  • Premium look and feel to the interior
  • Very efficient powertrain
  • Relaxed, wafting ride and quiet cabin ambience
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What we don’t
  • Costs too much for what it is
  • Lacks dynamic polish
  • Limited range may be a challenge

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2023 Peugeot e-2008

The Peugeot e-2008 is a compact electric SUV that promises a blend of practicality, style and efficiency. It is part of Peugeot’s strategy to electrify its range, and it represents the electric variant of the 2008 SUV model.

The e-2008 is a significant step towards the brand’s commitment to offering an electrified variant of every model in its line-up by 2025. It’s worth noting that the e-2008 that lands in Australia has already been superseded by a facelifted version of the same vehicle in Europe.

It’s powered by a 100kW/260Nm electric motor fed by a 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is a modest yet adequate set-up for city driving. The car maker claims a driving range of 328km on a single charge, which is largely achievable based on preliminary drives.

How much does the Peugeot e-2008 cost in Australia?

The Peugeot e-2008 is a five-door small electric SUV aimed squarely at urbanites who don’t do big mileage on a regular basis. It is the flagship of the 2008 small SUV range commanding a price of $59,990 plus on-road costs. 

It’s positioned above the combustion-engined 2008 GT in terms of price by almost $17,000. This is quite a hefty premium for an EV version of an existing car, but the e-2008 does get a variety of features and equipment in an attempt to justify this premium.

Our test car wears Vertigo Blue paint, which adds $1050 to the price. It also comes with a Type 2 wallbox connector – which many EVs don’t give you – but Peugeot does charge extra ($1325) for the arguably more useful domestic three-pin charging cable. 

The drive-away price on our test car is $66,655.

The Peugeot e-2008 is quite well equipped, especially considering it’s based on the GT trim level. Here are some of the key features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry with push-button start and proximity locking
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat with massage function
  • Gloss-black trim
  • Adaptive LED headlights and ‘triple claw’ rear LED tail-lights

However, it’s worth noting that despite the $60K-plus purchase price, the e-2008 does not come with a powered tailgate.

In terms of EV alternatives, there are quite a few to choose from because 2023 was a bumper year for $40–$60K EVs. 

There’s the new Hyundai Kona Electric and the related Kia Niro EV ($66,590 plus on-road costs).

Below those are the BYD Atto 3 SUV (from $48,011), BYD Dolphin hatchback (from $38,890), MG 4 hatchback (from $38,990), MG ZS EV SUV (from $47,337) and GWM Ora hatchback (from $39,990). There’s also the BYD Seal sedan (from $49,888) and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 crossover (from $72,000) and Ioniq 6 sedan (from $74,000), plus the Kia EV6 crossover (from $72,590).

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So, no shortage of alternatives for the money, and to suit a variety of buyer needs. How the Peugeot slots into this landscape – and how it stands out – could be its biggest challenge.

Key details 2023 Peugeot e-2008 GT
Price $59,990 plus on-road costs
Colour of test car Vertigo Blue
Options Premium paint – $1050
Domestic charge cable – $1325
Price as tested $61,315 plus on-road costs
Drive-away price $66,655
Rivals Tesla Model 3 | Hyundai Kona EV | BYD Atto 3

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How much space does the Peugeot e-2008 have inside?

The interior of the Peugeot e-2008 offers a premium feel with high-quality materials and modern displays. The cabin feels well put together, with no squeaks or rattles on the test car, and it offers smart presentation, ample seat adjustment, and good outward vision.

It’s well equipped with features like a 10-inch centre touchscreen display, digital instrument cluster, and comfortable seating with massage function for the driver. 

The e-2008 also features Peugeot’s i-Cockpit dashboard layout, which combines a tiny, low-set steering wheel and high-set instrumentation. This design can be a bit polarising, as the wheel can obstruct some of the instrumentation and may not provide the most comfortable driving position for everyone.

In terms of storage, the e-2008 offers roomy door pockets and ample cupholders, but it lacks in odds and ends storage. The second row offers moderate room for little ones or a couple of adults on short journeys, with separate power outlets but no rear air vents. The boot space is 434 litres, which extends to 1467L with the 60/40-split folding rear seats stowed.

2023 Peugeot e-2008 GT
Seats Five
Boot volume 434L seats up
1467L seats folded
Length 4300mm
Width 1815mm
Height 1550mm
Wheelbase 2605mm

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Does the Peugeot e-2008 have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

The Peugeot e-2008’s infotainment system is designed to be user-friendly, but it does have a few quirks. The system is centred around a 10-inch touchscreen display, which is accompanied by a bank of piano keys and hard-wired switchgear underneath it. This set-up allows for relatively easy climate-control adjustment on the move and eliminates the need to dig through touchscreen sub-menus for these functions.

The screen features DAB+ digital radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite navigation. It’s also paired with a separate 10-inch digital instrument cluster and head-up display.

However, the e-2008 does miss out on wireless phone charging, which many rivals at this price have. Also, I find that the ergonomics of the i-Cockpit display, which combines a tiny, low-set steering wheel and high-set instrumentation, obstructs some of the instrumentation.

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Is the Peugeot e-2008 a safe car?

The Peugeot e-2008 hasn’t been specifically tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP. However, the regular petrol 2008 model, on which the e-2008 is based, was awarded a five-star score by ANCAP in 2020 based on testing conducted by Euro NCAP back in 2019. 

The airbag count of the e-2008 comes in at six, which includes front, side and curtain airbags.

It’s important to note that the testing protocols back then were considerably less stringent than they are today. It’s also worth noting that the e-2008’s electric-vehicle architecture and components will change crash-test results compared to its ICE sibling.

2023 Peugeot e-2008 GT
ANCAP rating Untested

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What safety technology does the Peugeot e-2008 have?

In terms of safety equipment, the e-2008 is loaded with features, including:

  • Six airbags
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Forward collision warning
  • Multi-collision braking
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Driver attention alert
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane centring assist
  • Blind-spot detection

Additionally, there’s an acoustic vehicle alerting system that generates sound at low speeds for pedestrian safety.

How much does the Peugeot e-2008 cost to maintain?

The Peugeot e-2008 is quite affordable to maintain, especially when compared to many traditional internal combustion-engined vehicles. 

A five-year service plan for the e-2008 will set buyers back $1000, according to Peugeot Australia. This is almost half the price of an internal-combustion 2008.

Servicing is set at commendable 12-month/25,000km intervals.

If you sign up to Peugeot’s pre-paid system, you’ll be looking at only $200 per year for the first five years.

It’s worth noting that these costs are for scheduled maintenance and do not include any potential out-of-warranty repairs or replacements that might be needed.

The Peugeot e-2008 is not a cheap car to comprehensively insure. Our sample quote came out at $2563 per year for a $60K agreed value, or $2513 for market value. This quote is indicative only, and is based on a 35-year-old male with a clean driving record garaging the car in Chatswood NSW. Your quote may differ depending on the circumstances.

At a glance 2023 Peugeot e-2008 GT
Warranty Five years, unlimited km
Battery warranty Eight years, 160,000km
Service intervals 12 months or 25,000km
Servicing costs $600 (3 years)
$1000 (5 years)

Is the Peugeot e-2008 energy-efficient?

The Peugeot e-2008 has an energy consumption rate of 16.1kWh per 100 kilometres, according to the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure) standard used in Europe.

During our week-long test, the e-2008 averaged out at a respectable 15.1kWh/100km, which ranks it among the most efficient EVs currently on the market. 

The Peugeot e-2008’s recharging speed depends on the type of charger you’re using. Here’s what you can expect:

  • If you’re using DC power for fast charging, the e-2008’s battery can purportedly be charged from 0 to 80 per cent in around 30 minutes. The maximum charging capacity is rated at 100kW.
  • If you’re using an 11kW AC wallbox, Peugeot says it will charge from empty to 100 per cent in about five hours.
  • If you’re charging at 7.4kW, it will take about 7.5 hours to charge from empty to 100 per cent.

Energy Efficiency Energy Stats
Energy cons. (claimed) 16.1kWh/100km
Energy cons. (on test) 15.1kWh/100km
Battery size 50kWh
Driving range claim (WLTP) 328km
Charge time (11kW) 5h
Charge time (50kW) 1h 05m
Charge time (85kW max rate) 30m (claimed 0-80%)

What is the Peugeot e-2008 like to drive?

The Peugeot e-2008 is powered by a 100kW/260Nm electric motor fed by a 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack, offering a modest yet adequate set-up for city driving. The car maker claims a driving range of 328km on a single charge, which is largely achievable based on preliminary drives.

The e-2008 also features Peugeot’s i-Cockpit display, which combines a tiny, low-set steering wheel and high-set instrumentation. This design can be a bit polarising as the wheel can obstruct some of the instrumentation and may not provide the most comfortable driving position for everyone.

In general, the e-2008 is an easy car to drive. It’s compact and manoeuvrable, which makes it well suited to urban living. It’s not a scintillating car to drive, especially in Normal mode that only gives you access to 80 per cent of its power. But even Sport mode is far from sporty, because 100kW and 260Nm can only do so much when shifting a vehicle weighing 1548kg plus occupants and gear. 

Overall, the e-2008’s driving experience leaves room for improvement. The weight of the batteries affects the car’s dynamics, resulting in poor body control and excessive roll. The electric drivetrain struggles for motivation during brisk overtaking moves and the brake pedal action is inconsistent.

Key details 2023 Peugeot e-2008 GT
Engine Single electric motor
Power 100kW
Torque 260Nm
Drive type Front-wheel drive
Transmission Single speed
Power-to-weight ratio 64.6kW/t
Weight (tare) 1548kg
Spare tyre type Tyre repair kit
Turning circle 10.4m

Should I buy a Peugeot e-2008?

Priced at $59,990, the e-2008 is a significant step up from the combustion-engined 2008 GT. While it’s a decent entry into the EV market, there are other options that offer better value for money.

But Peugeot has its fans, and they won’t be disappointed in the e-2008 because it hits all the styling hallmarks of the French brand, if not its dynamic ones.

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How do I buy a Peugeot e-2008 – next steps?

The electric e-2008 Peugeot is only available in one specification, so buyers will only need to consider their favourite colour before running out of decisions to make.

Peugeot is importing limited numbers into Australia, but says it has the capacity to keep pace with demand, so buyers shouldn’t wait more than four to six weeks for their order to be fulfilled.

We strongly recommend taking a test drive at a dealership before committing because personal needs and tastes can differ. Find your nearest Peugeot dealer via this link. If you want to stay updated with everything that’s happened to this car since our review, you’ll find all the latest Peugeot news here.

Ratings Breakdown

2023 Peugeot e-2008 GT Wagon

7.0/ 10

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Glenn Butler is one of Australia’s best-known motoring journalists having spent the last 25 years reporting on cars on radio, TV, web and print. He’s a former editor of Wheels, Australia’s most respected car magazine, and was deputy editor of Drive.com.au before that. Glenn’s also worked at an executive level for two of Australia’s most prominent car companies, so he understands how much care and consideration goes into designing and developing new cars. As a journalist, he’s driven everything from Ferraris to Fiats on all continents except Antarctica (which he one day hopes to achieve) and loves discovering each car’s unique personality and strengths. Glenn knows a car’s price isn’t indicative of its competence, and even the cheapest car can enhance your life and expand your horizons. 

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