New Fiat 500 vs Peugeot e-208: practicality

The Fiat 500 city car has entered an exciting new era by going fully electric. But how does it stack up against the highly accomplished Peugeot e-208?...

Fiat 500 electric 2021 rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

The electric 500 is slightly larger than the petrol version, but it’s the baby in this test. You don’t notice too much when you’re sitting in the front, because both cars have plenty of leg and head room here, even for taller folk, and there isn’t a huge amount in it for width.

Whoever’s travelling in the back of the 500 will certainly notice the size disparity, though. First, they’ll have to get in – something that involves a degree of contortion because, unlike on the e-208, there are no rear doors.

Peugeot e-208 2021 rear seats

Once inside, taller adults will feel extremely deprived of both head and leg room. The e-208, itself relatively cramped compared with, say, a Volkswagen Polo, feels palatial in this company.

The 500’s boot is comparatively tiny, too; we managed to stuff just three carry-on suitcases below the parcel shelf, compared with five in the e-208. In short, don’t even consider buying the 500 if practicality is on the top half of your priority list.