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Used electric cars: Peugeot e-208 vs Vauxhall Corsa-e costs

These two year-old small EVs share many components and, with compelling used prices, are desirable buys. However, which should you put on your driveway?...

Peugeot e-208

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety

Although both of these cars began life at around £30,000, the Corsa-e has depreciated the most, and that's something to bear in mind for the future; you may get less back when you come to sell. However, the upside is that it is the cheaper car of the two to buy used, starting at around £21,000 in the Elite Nav spec of our test car. The e-208 in GT trim, on the other hand, starts at around £24,000, even if lesser specs lean more towards the Corsa-e's starting price.

Cheapest e-208's, regardless of trim, tend to be listed for around £22,000, while the equivalent Corsa-es go for around £20,000.  

The e-208 will cost a bit more to insure and service, but this is offset by the aforementioned slower depreciation. In terms of dependability, neither car featured in our latest Reliability Survey, but their respective brands did. Peugeot and Vauxhall came joint 22nd out of 30 manufacturers.

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Both cars are generously equipped, featuring climate control, heated front seats, automatic lights and wipers, keyless entry and start, 17in alloy wheels and cruise control, with the latter being adaptive in the e-208. Both cars also come with the ability to rapid charge at a rate of up to 100kW.

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Frustratingly, 100kW charging points are scarce in the UK, but if you can find one, both cars can be charged from 0-80% in just 30 minutes. Using a typical 7kW wallbox at home, a full charge will take a lengthier 7hr 30min.

In Euro NCAP testing, both cars – albeit in their non-electric 208 and Corsa forms – received a four-star rating (out of a possible five). Thankfully, good safety kit is present such as automatic emergency braking, blindspot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance.


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