There are more than a few zero-emission cars out there that can make you go electric, so why should one consider getting the Peugeot e-2008? Mainly for one reason: money.
While the bigger and more luxurious Mercedes-Benz EQC and Jaguar I-Pace will set you back £70,665 ($91,525) and £65,195 ($84,440) in the UK, respectively, the French subcompact SUV has an on-the-road manufacturer recommended retail price of £29,065 ($37,645).
The e-2008 has a 206-mile (332-km) range in the WLTP cycle and the 50 kWh battery is compatible with 100 kW fast charging. As a result, it will take you around 30 minutes to charge it from 0 to 80 percent, but it becomes an 8-hour or so process when using a 7 kW socket.
The e-2008 has three driving modes, named Eco, Normal and Sport, and what they do is regulate the amount of power available. As you can expect, the first two make it feel sluggish, and it’s not that good in the Sport either. Still, it promises to get you to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 10 seconds and up to a top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h) thanks to the 134 HP (136 PS / 100 kW) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque produced by its electric motor.
As Rory Reid notes in his video review, the zero-emission SUV feels underpowered at over 40 mph (64 km/h). On the plus side, it is relaxing to drive, the steering is quite responsive and the suspension absorbs most bumps on the road.
Buying the e-2008 means having to live with the quirky electronics too, but if you can get past that, you will find a very honest, and decent, EV.