What is it like on the inside?
Sure, it’s decent to drive, but we reckon more fans will be won inside the 2008. It’s a big, big step up on its predecessor with plush materials, fancy stitching and some ambient lighting that doesn’t have a whiff of a cheap provincial town nightclub.
The star of the show is the ‘3D cockpit’, standard on all but the entry Active trim (which will make up a mere ten per cent of sales anyway). It takes the now de rigueur digital instruments but adds a double-layered, holographic feel to them, and Peugeot tells us it cuts 0.5sec from drivers’ reaction times.
It needs to be seen to be believed, but think of it like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit if it was able to display a big sat-nav map and a big speedometer all at once, among a dizzying array of other functions. It’s particularly natty in the e-2008, where you can get a nice graphic showing the energy flow betwixt batteries and motors. The biggest compliment we can pay is that it makes sense of Peugeot’s diddy steering wheel, finally warranting the compromised driving position it brings taller drivers.
Other points of note? There are four USB ports – one of them in the new-fangled USB-C format – as well as inductive charging, so you won’t be short of power for you and your passengers’ devices. One of which will also link seamlessly to the touchscreen via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though a neat forward-hinged cubby hole will also safely prop a phone up in portrait mode if you’re keen to use Waze while still viewing the car’s own media set-up. Thoughtful.
The 434-litre luggage space (rear seats up) doesn’t change between petrol, diesel and electric 2008s, and the boot floor is two tiered so you can tuck the scruffy charging cables away from your bags. There’s enough space in the back for most sizes of adult, too.
Perhaps the only real negative comes if you swing a door open while the car’s still running (while checking your distance from a kerb, or suchlike), a move which initiates the most dreadfully shrill noise in the history of motoring. It’s afflicted Peugeots for years and it’s awful.