What is it like on the inside?
Good as it may be to drive, it’s the e-2008’s cabin that’ll likely win most people over. This is how we imagined future car interiors would look a couple of decades ago, when we also presumed monorail and hoverboard would be chief among 2020's alternative transport options.
Its headline act is undoubtedly the ‘3D cockpit’, standard on all but the cheapest 2008 (which will count for just ten per cent of sales). 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.
Far more impressive in real life than any pictures, imagine it like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit if it could display a big sat-nav map and a big speedometer all at once, among a vast array of other functions. In the e-2008 you can toggle to a pleasing graphic showing the energy flow between the batteries and motors. The biggest compliment we can pay the whole setup is that it makes sense of Peugeot’s diddy steering wheel, finally warranting the compromised driving position it brings taller drivers.
Beyond a joyous set of dials, there are other goodies: 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 displays. A nice touch, huh? Thought’s gone into this car.
The 434-litre luggage space (back seats up) is no worse than a petrol 2008 and the boot floor has two tiers, allowing you to keep mucky charging cables away from your Nice Things. There’s enough space in the rear seats for most sizes of adult, too. Particularly if you’ve avoided the big pano glass roof.
But we must nitpick, and if you’ve driven a Peugeot in the last five or six years, we suspect this vexes you to. Open your door an inch or two while the car’s still running (checking your distance from a kerb, for instance) and you’ll initiate the most painfully shrill sound in the history of not just cars, but travel itself. It’s awful.