A starting price of less than £30,000 for a genuine four-seat EV (after the £3000 government subsidy) is still pretty compelling in 2020, and particularly so when that car is as easy on the eye and pleasant to travel in as the e-2008. That kind of pricing takes the car out of reach of some of the rivals mentioned overleaf on value for money, and it should be a very viable choice for those for whom the car’s range is sufficient.
For those with more buying power, however, range may be an issue. Our testing suggests you’ll get just shy of 150 miles from a full charge in mixed everyday use, dropping to 135 miles at a consistent motorway cruise but rising to as much as 170 or 180 miles at a steady 50mph and around town.
That may be fine to someone whose only realistic alternative is a 39kWh Nissan Leaf or an even shorter-legged MG ZS EV, but it looks meagre compared with the genuine 250-plus miles offered by cars from Kia and Hyundai. It’s also unlikely to make very many people comfortable with the notion of an e-2008 as their only car, which, given the brief of the modern do-it-all crossover, does seem a notable failing.