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Used electric cars: Honda E vs Peugeot e-208: verdict

You can save up to £9000 by buying either of these two small electric cars nearly new rather than new. They're both bang on-trend, but which one makes more sense used?...

Peugeot e-208 rear cornering

Our verdict

What this test proves is that the Honda E is more than just a pretty face. It's a very desirable small electric car, and if it fits into your lifestyle you'd be more than happy with it. It's well equipped, for starters, has a great interior, is zippy around town and is impressively refined. However, with such a short range, you’ll have to be committed to the idea of using it as a local commuter car or have access to something with a more conventional engine or a longer range. 

The Peugeot e-208 really could be your only car. It's not quite as nippy and manoeuvrable around town, but it has five seats, a much larger boot, a longer range and the benefit of faster charging. It's also slightly cheaper to buy at this age, and that seals the deal for us. 

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1st – Peugeot e-208

Peugeot e-208 side

For Better range; sharper handling; more practical; quicker charging
Against Driving position won’t work for everyone; so-so infotainment system

Honda E side

For Classier interior; smoother ride; quieter at a cruise
Against Restrictive range; only four seats; tiny boot

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Honda E Advance

Honda E badge

Engine Electric motor
Peak power 152bhp
Peak torque 232lb ft
Gearbox Single-speed automatic
0-60mph 7.2sec
Top speed 90mph
30-70mph 7.1sec
30-0mph 8.2sec
70-0mph 43.8m
Noise at 30mph 61.8dB
Noise at 70mph 67.3dB
Official range 125 miles
Real-world range 110 miles
Efficiency 3.1 miles/kWh*
Cost of full charge £4.98**
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Specifications: Peugeot e-208 GT

Peugeot e-208 badge

Engine Electric motor
Peak power 134bhp
Peak torque 192lb ft
Gearbox Single-speed automatic
0-60mph 7.7sec
Top speed 93mph
30-70mph 7.5sec
30-0mph 8.7sec
70-0mph 48.8m
Noise at 30mph 62.5dB
Noise at 70mph 67.7dB
Official range 217 miles
Real-world range 165 miles
Efficiency 3.3 miles/kWh*
Cost of full charge £8.40**
CO2 emissions 0g/km

*From car’s trip computer  **Based on official battery capacity and an electricity price of 14p/kWh