This is the all-new Peugeot 2008 small crossover. After a decidedly lacklustre first iteration, this one is coming out fighting.
The headline act is an electric version, the e-2008. It uses the same powertrain as the upcoming, similarly all-new Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e – all three use PSA Group’s CMP platform.
The powertrain uses a 136bhp electric motor powered by a 50kWh battery pack. Peugeot claims a usefully long range of 193 miles on the WLTP cycle.
Plugged into a 100kW charger, an 80% charge takes just 30 minutes – using a lower-powered charger obviously takes a lot longer.
A few details changes mark the e-2008 out from the other models in the range including a “dichroic” Lion emblem, ‘e’ badging and a body-coloured grille. Inside, there’s loads of extra functions detailing every aspect of the powertrain in the infotainment system.
If you prefer a combustion engine, there’s a choice of 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol and 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel. The petrol motor comes in 100hp, 120hp and 155hp outputs, while the diesel has 100hp. All the engines meet the latest emissions standards and should return a lot of miles to the gallon.
The 2008 is much bigger than before, which should solve the lack of space that was one of the biggest criticisms levelled against its predecessor. Peugeot claims a boot capacity of 360 litres.
A lot of driver assistance and safety aids comes as standard/are on the options list, including a semi-autonomous driving system. There’s also Peugeot’s 3D i-Cockpit – a holographic head-up display. Every model comes with a 10in infotainment screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The small crossover segment is even more crowded now than when the first 2008 was launched. This one looks much more competitive.
By Graham King