The Peugeot e-2008 GT stood out when I was researching EVs to subscribe to - it appeared a good-value car that looked cool and offered everything I needed in a small-ish package.
Having driven the car for two months, I have come to appreciate its unique features and capabilities (and some downsides too!)
In this article, I will highlight the things to know if you’re looking to subscribe to a Peugeot e-2008 GT. This is my personal experience with this excellent EV!
This review is part-sponsored by elmo who were kind enough to give us a discounted rate.
The Peugeot e-2008 is an electric version of the 2008 small SUV that looks exactly the same as its petrol counterpart but has a 50kWh battery and a 136bhp electric motor in it.
It has an official range of 214 miles, but I found this to be closer to 150-160 miles. I drove it over the winter months, mostly in Eco mode, so your mileage may vary.
While researching this model ahead of subscribing to it, many reviewers praised the e-2008 for its practicality, equipment and value. For the most part, I agreed with it - it’s a great first EV that doesn’t cost the earth!
But it may not be the best in its class in terms of performance, interior comfort or range. However, it was such a great first EV to subscribe to and drive. Coming from an older diesel SUV, driving the e-2008 the first couple of days was a thrill.
The e-2008 GT also has three driving modes - Sport, Normal and Eco - that affect the throttle response and steering weight. Eco is great for normal driving and, obviously, if you want to save battery. Normal is closer to Eco, but it’s nippier and more responsive. In my experience, Sport will cut your range by 30% - 40%- but it’s so fun!
I found myself mostly driving in Normal as that actually, surprise surprise, provided a good balance between performance and battery range.
The performance is more than adequate for this price range and size EV. However, the motor definitely loses punch at higher speeds, even in Sport mode.
The e-2008 GT is easy and comfortable to drive, with very light steering and generally good visibility. The handling is secure, predictable and gives you the confidence that it can handle any road surface.
A stronger brake regeneration can be enabled (found by the gear lever), which is quite aggressive and can certainly allow for one-foot driving if that’s your thing.
The interior of the Peugeot e-2008 GT is very stylish and modern, and the design certainly gives a sense of quality and sophistication. Passengers at the back have good amounts of space, and the front of the car is just as roomy.
If you’re tall, you may find it a little tight behind the wheel. I simply couldn’t find a comfortable position. And I did try different seat positions, while the steering wheel didn’t really move up much!
The ride quality is decent on most roads, but it can be unsettled by potholes or bumps.
I quite liked the led light line running across the doors and the infotainment. However, you should definitely check all the different colours available. And also dim that! It’s way too bright, even in normal settings.
The e-2008 GT has a range of tech and infotainment features that give you pretty much everything you need. It comes with a 10-inch touchscreen display on the dashboard that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as 3D navigation and live traffic alerts.
It sports Peugeot’s i-Cockpit® 3D, which is a fancy name for the digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel that shows various information. It’s called 3D because there are essentially two screens (the front one is transparent), and it gives the illusion of depth. It’s cool, and I found it did its job well!
The e-2008 GT also has all the standard features you’ve come to expect from a modern electric car - wireless phone charging, ambient lighting, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and parking sensors. I was surprised to see it didn’t come with a tire pressure monitoring system!
By the way, if you care about the wireless phone charger, make sure the car comes with it installed, as some vehicles may have been shipped without it due to chip shortages - it seems like it’s a prevalent issue, and a lot of manufacturers are suffering from it.
The touchscreen is fairly easy to use, but some functions require too many steps or are hidden in the sub-menus. The physical buttons below the screen are also small and touch-sensitive, which can be distracting while driving, but the “piano” keys are great!
For a car that can connect to your home wifi, it is a bit unfortunate that you can’t do certain OTA updates. The Peugeot app says you can download the updates directly to the car, but the manual and the actual menus in the car didn’t show any way of installing an OTA update.
While I had the car on subscription, two updates were released - for the navigation and the vehicle touch screen. It seems like the only way to install them was to download them onto a USB stick using a computer and then plug that in the e-2008.
I found the car to be quite practical! It has a decent amount of boot space and practicality for a small SUV. It has a 434-litre boot that is the same size as the regular 2008, and it has no load lip, which makes it easy to load and unload items. I helped a friend move a dresser and it fit perfectly!
There’s a compartment in the boot floor as well, which I used to store the charging cables.
The front seats are supportive and adjustable, but some drivers may find it hard to get a good view of the digital dials behind the small steering wheel.
There are some clever storage areas in the cabin, such as a recessed area at the base of the dashboard for your phone, a central cubby hole under the armrest and large door bins.
However, the glove box is very small due to the fuse box under it.
I think the e-2008 is so versatile that it would appeal to a very large audience. Those who are looking to get their first EV and want a very familiar experience would be very happy with this car. There are no extra gimmicks or complex touchscreen menus to control the basic functions of the car. It was great!
On the other hand, if a value for money is your priority, then the Peugeot e-2008 GT would tick that box too. You don’t have to splurge on an expensive EV to enjoy the benefits of one, and the e-2008 GT provides an overall excellent driving experience. Check out which partners have this car in stock and subscribe to one today!
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