Peugeot e-208 Review
The Peugeot e-208 looks just as fantastic inside and out as petrol and diesel 208s and is great to drive. It’s pricey in comparison, though, and still tight in the back
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- Decent range
- 100kWh charging standard
- Comfy and quiet to drive
What's not so good
- Most expensive 208 by far
- Rear space
- Fiddly infotainment screen
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Some of the very first cars were EVs, but comparing them with modern EVs like the Peugeot e-208 is like comparing the latest iPhone with morse code. The e-208 can be rapid-charged as standard, can be controlled using an app and will go an impressive 211 miles on a full charge. It’s so good, in fact, that it won the carwow Little Legend Award along with the standard 208 for 2019.
This is the e-208’s first generation, but the 208’s second. It gets an extensive redesign inside and out, as well as offering diesel, petrol and pure-electric versions – the first small car to do so. Those looks, Peugeot hopes, will tempt you away from other small EVs such as Renault Zoe and Vauxhall Corsa-e.
The 208’s new sculpted bonnet, three-claw LED light designs and prominent rear piano black trim give it an even more distinctive look than its predecessor, as well its alternatives. The e-208 is set apart by its ‘e’ badging and special Peugeot badge that changes colour in different lights.
A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system lies at the centre of it all as standard, which includes DAB radio and Bluetooth, but more importantly Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too. An option (or standard on GT models) is a 10.0-inch version of the same system which also includes a built-in sat-nav. In both cases, the screen is high resolution and the menus fairly easy to navigate with e-208-specific energy info included, although the small on-screen buttons can be hard to hit confidently while driving.
There’s no knocking Peugeot’s new 3D digital dials, though. They’re standard from Allure trim and projected onto different layers to give a three-dimensional effect and look superb, but importantly also display key information clearly and are customisable so you can choose what you want to see. The e-208’s dials differ slightly from the standard car’s, display energy, range and charge info.
Space is more of a mixed bag. Two adults will have no problems getting comfortable in the front seats and the driver gets loads of standard manual seat and wheel adjustment. However, adults in the back seats will find their knees brushing the front seatbacks even if their heads are clear of the ceiling. Still, the e-208’s boot doesn’t shrink over the standard car’s thanks to its clever battery placement.
The Peugeot e-208’s electric motor and decent range makes it just the thing for slinking almost silently around town.
Under the e-208’s bonnet sits a 136hp electric motor with enough poke to give the e-208 nippy performance around town while its 50kWh battery has enough juice to travel for up to 211 miles between charges. Speaking of charges, you’ll only need 30 minutes to boost the e-208’s batteries from flat to 80% fully charged using a fast public charge point.
Traditionally-powered small cars like the Ford Fiesta will put a bigger smile on your face around corners, but versus other small EVs like the Renault Zoe the e-208 is more fun. It steers and changes direction eagerly will be more than enough for most and the fact that its comfy in town is another huge plus.
You can also get the Peugeot e-208 with a range of driver assistance systems designed to make long trips less stressful, including a clever cruise control feature that’ll accelerate, brake and steer for you on motorways. All-in-all the Peugeot e-208 has to be on your list of test drives if you’re in the market for a small electric car.
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