While the 2023 Peugeot e-2008 GT is not your conventional small electric SUV, it does boast some interesting and quirky design elements that are not only truly French, but are sure to attract the attention of many artsy individuals.
The exterior features a sleek and modern design, with Peugeot’s signature front grille and LED headlights that resemble the fangs of a lion adding to its overall appeal. It has a raised ride height and black plastic cladding that gives it a rugged SUV look.
The smooth lines and bold creases add a touch of sophistication, while inside, things are quite daring. At first glance, the interior of the e-2008 GT looks incredible, offering a spacious and well-designed cabin.
High quality materials give a premium feel, and when you perch yourself in the driver’s seat, your eyes are instantly drawn to the odd, yet stylish steering wheel that is not quite round, but not quite rectangular in shape.
Above the steering wheel is a 3D instrument cluster which looks amazing, but falls down in terms of practicality as you find yourself having to look over the steering wheel, rather than through it, like most cars.
The quirky styling continues throughout the cabin, with some unique looking seats that are finished in leather, suede, and a cloth like texture. They do have a massage function for the driver though, and are power adjustable. Better still, they’re incredibly comfortable.
The fun doesn’t stop there either, as you’ll find bright green stitching throughout the cabin, instead of a generic black. Even the shortcut buttons under the 10.0-inch infotainment screen have been replaced with futuristic toggle switches.
It’s not all fun and games however, with the toggles and the buttons behind them creating a fair bit of confusion for the uninitiated. The heated seat controls in particular give little if any feedback, other than when you feel your butt get mighty toasty.
Then there’s the infotainment system itself. While the graphics are great, it’s super laggy, and you’ll need an IT support person to learn how to navigate it. The climate controls, which also sit on-screen, are difficult to adjust while driving.
It does come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto though, and there’s wireless phone charging, and ample connectivity options thanks to USB-A and USB-C ports. Ample leg and headroom in the rear provide plenty of room for your passengers too.
A large panoramic glass roof enhances the sense of space and provides a nice view of your surroundings. Despite being an electric vehicle, the e-2008 GT offers a decent amount of cargo space, with 434-litres with the rear seats up, and 1,467-litres with them folded.
It also comes with various storage compartments throughout the cabin to keep your belongings organised. There’s a heap of safety tech, with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring.
The e-2008 GT is powered by a front mounted electric motor that delivers 100kW of power and 265Nm of torque, which equates to a smooth and quiet driving experience. There are three driving modes; Eco, Normal and Sport.
What is disappointing is the lack of speed the Peugeot offers. Given that it’s an EV, you would expect a 0-100km/h time that would stack up against its internal combustion counterparts. Not so much in this case. It takes about 9.0 seconds to get there.
Keep in mind the Volkswagen T-Roc R is priced pretty much the same as the e-2008 GT at $59,300 before on road costs. Speed may not be your concern, nevertheless when you’re paying $59,990 it should at least be able to get you out of sticky situations.
It just feels underdone in terms of get up and go, and that’s especially so on the freeway. Don’t get us wrong, it’s an incredibly quiet and comfortable vehicle, it’s just slow. Range sits at around 328km, which is great in the city, but will mean planning longer trips.
Thanks to its fast charging capabilities though, you’ll be able to top up to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes. The regenerative braking system helps to maximise range as well. All-in-all, it’s an attractive small electric SUV, that offers something different from its rivals.
The Peugeot e-2008 GT is comfortable and quiet, has plenty of advanced features and a reasonable EV range. It’ll suit someone who doesn’t like to conform to the norm, and spends a lot of time in the city.
Our test vehicle was provided by Peugeot Australia for review purposes.