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

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?...

Honda E charging port

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

New, the Peugeot e-208 in range-topping GT trim, as tested here, would have set you back £33,600 before the government grant of £3000 was applied. Bought at a year old, it's dropped to a more affordable £24,000. Indeed, if you choose the e-208 in more popular Allure trim, you can get one for just £21,000.

The Honda E's cute looks are just one of the reasons it's still immensely desirable, and so used prices are holding steady. New, it would have cost you just under £32,700 before the grant, but it's now possible to pick one up for around £25,000, which is a useful saving. 

The e-208 will cost you fractionally more to insure, but the Honda E will cost more in electricity. 

Peugeot e-208 charging port

In range-topping trims as tested, both cars were generously equipped, with climate control, heated front seats, automatic lights and wipers, keyless entry and adaptive cruise control all standard from new. Only the e-208 came with the ability to rapid charge at a rate of up to 100kW. The Honda E has a maximum charging speed of 50kW.

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It’s possible to charge the e-208’s battery from 10-80% in less than 30 minutes if you use a suitably fast public charger. The Honda E’s, meanwhile, will take 36 minutes to get to the same level, despite being smaller. The size difference does mean that a 0-100% charge from a 7kW home wallbox will take just 5hr 15min for the Honda E, as opposed to 7hr 30min for the e-208.

As for safety, both cars scored four stars, out of five, in the Euro NCAP tests, although the e-208 has only been tested in conventional, non-electric form. Both cars come with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance as standard.


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