New Peugeot 2008 and e-2008: pics, specs, and electric power

The new Peugeot 2008 has been revealed, sporting a different outlook and an electric powertrain

John Evans
Oct 18, 2019

The new Peugeot 2008 SUV, on sale next year, bears more than a passing resemblance to the existing and very popular 3008 and seven-seat 5008. But where they are large and imposing vehicles, the new 2008 is, like the model it replaces, a compact SUV for smaller families.

It’s available with a choice of petrol and diesel engines but the big news is that there’s also an all-electric version called the e-2008 with a range of 193 miles.

Quick facts

  • Prices from £18,820
  • e-2008 claims 193-mile range
  • Incorporates Peugeot iCockpit
  • Smart phone controls for A/C
  • 360 litres of boot space
  • Deliveries expected mid-2020

When it goes on sale, the new 2008 and e-2008 will compete against a host of other small SUVs including the new Renault Captur, Nissan Juke (both of which will also be launched next year) Seat Arona, VW T-Cross, Mazda CX-3 and Kia Niro. In electric e-2008 form it’ll take on the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric.

The 2008’s predecessor benefited from having a reasonably roomy and practical interior, and a choice of efficient engines. It wasn’t huge fun to drive and it was little a bouncy but otherwise, it was secure and agile enough.

The new model will need to improve in all of these areas if it is to succeed in a competitive market, read on to find out if the new Peugeot 2008 is up to the task. We've got details on it's interior, engines and the e-2008.


2020 Peugeot 2008 model range

Where some car makers offer fewer trim levels with their electric vehicles, Peugeot says the e-2008 will be available in the same four trims as the petrol and diesel 2008. In ascending order of price, these are Active, Allure, GT Line and GT.

The idea, says Peugeot, is that it wanted the e-2008 to be integrated into the 2008 model range and not be seen specifically as an electric car.

Buyers will need to read the new 2008’s specifications list carefully to ensure they get precisely what they need since different trim levels bring different specifications, engine and gearbox options. For example, the basic Active trim doesn’t have the additional 10-inch entertainment screen while the most powerful petrol engine is only available with an automatic gearbox and GT trim.

Despite the presence of the e-2008, the most popular versions are likely to be the 1.2 petrols (there are three) and, for those doing a higher mileage, the 1.5 diesel.

2020 Peugeot 2008 interior

Its increase in length, width and wheelbase mean the new 2008 is roomier inside than before. A six-foot passenger can sit behind an equally tall driver quite comfortably.

With the reduction in the height of the roof, though, we’d caution against ordering the optional panoramic glass roof until you’ve experienced a 2008 with it fitted.

The new model loses out significantly is in the size of its boot which has shrunk to 360 litres across all versions compared with the old model’s 410-litre boot.

It does look and feel more upmarket than the old car thanks to greater use of soft-touch materials inside. The way the centre section of the dashboard is continued on the doors looks stylish and integrated, an impression enhanced by its carbon fibre-effect finish.

The new model features the latest version of Peugeot’s iCockpit. This has the same small steering wheel as before, over which the driver views the instrument display. What’s new is that the display is now a digital 3D affair with a head-up feature that projects, in hologram form, information at eye level to improve the driver’s reaction times. Versions above Active trim get an accompanying 10-inch entertainment display.

2020 Peugeot 2008 equipment

Although its precise availability on specific trim levels has yet to be confirmed, there’s plenty of convenience and safety technology on the new 2008 and e-2008. Wireless phone charging, Apple and Android connectivity, air conditioning and a digital radio all feature. There’s also a Focal premium sound system.

The e-2008 adds a range of charging options and a trip planning app allowing the driver to plot a route with good charging provision.

Again, depending on the trim level, the new 2008 models have a raft of safety and driver assist features including lane positioning assist, full park assist, emergency brake assist and active blind spot monitoring.

2020 Peugeot 2008 design

The 2008 and e-2008 follow the traditional SUV formula in having large wheels, a high roofline, plenty of ground clearance and a boxy, practical body. Both versions look very like the larger 3008 that has been so successful. Similarities include the black roof available on some versions, and the black strip that stretches across the car’s rear featuring claw-like tail lights. The new models are not that much smaller, either, being only 150mm shorter.

They’re usefully larger than the outgoing 2008 being 60mm longer between the wheels (called the wheelbase), 30mm wider and 140mm longer. However, the new car is lower at 1540mm compared with the old model at 1556mm. Even so, the other increases in size are sufficient to ease the 2008’s transition from crossover to SUV, a popular segment as the 3008 proves.

In line with Peugeot’s policy to make the e-2008 little different from the regular model, its only unique exterior features are a body-coloured front grille and some badges, and the absence of exhaust pipes.

GT and GT Line trims get full LED tail lights and 18in diamond-cut alloy wheels. 

2020 Peugoet 2008 engines

This version’s 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel engines are familiar from the outgoing model. Although Peugeot says they’re more powerful, and cleaner since they comply with the latest Euro 6d emissions standards.

As this was written, Peugeot hadn’t released official WLTP performance and economy figures for them.

The petrol line-up opens with the 99bhp 1.2 PureTech 100 manual, followed by the 128bhp 1.2 PureTech 130 manual or automatic and the 153bhp 1.2 PureTech 150, which is only available with an automatic gearbox.

Of the three, the 1.2 PureTech 130 is likely to offer the best combination of performance and economy (the current 1.2 PureTech 130 does 0-62mph in 9.3 seconds and returns 55.4mpg) but all will suit low to average-mileage drivers.

Higher mileage drivers should look to the only diesel in the range, the 99bhp 1.5 BlueHDi 100. A slightly older version of this engine is in the current 2008, where it does 0-62mph in 10.6 seconds and 70.6mpg. There’s a more powerful one in the current line-up but this isn't available in the new 2008.

2020 Peugoet e-2008 motor

The all-electric e-2008 is powered by a 100kW (136bhp) electric motor and 50kWh battery. It appears to be a recipe for reasonably strong performance but sister website Auto Express drove one and found it to be less sporty than other electric cars with similar power.

Another area in which the e-2008 lags behind some of the competition is its range. At 193 miles it’s less than the Kia e-Niro whose official range is 282 miles, although this model does have a larger 64kWh battery. A better comparison is the new Renault Zoe, due on sale later this year. It, too, has an 135bhp electric motor but a slightly bigger 52kWh battery. Its official WLTP range is 242 miles.

Peugeot has countered criticisms of the e-2008’s range by saying that it expects customers will be happy enough with it and hinting that the model will be cheaper than rivals.

The e-2008’s battery is cooled, allowing it to be charged from the new generation of 100kW fast chargers. Using one of these, the battery can be recharged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes, while a full charge using conventional 7.4kW and 11kW fast chargers will take between eight and five hours.

2020 Peugeot 2008 review

We haven't driven the new models but their increase in size and possibly weight, plus the 2008’s move from compact crossover to full SUV, leads us to believe it will feel very different. Fortunately, experience of the 3008 suggests this may be for the better.

Of the conventional engines, the mid-power petrol engine is likely to be best suited to the 2008, while the e-2008 could prove to be a quiet and relaxing performer.

Read the current generation Peugeot 2008 buyers' guide


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