Peugeot e-208 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Peugeot e-208 costs quite a bit more to buy than some small electric cars, such as the Seat Mii Electric, Skoda Citigo-e iV and VW e-Up, but then you'd expect that because it's a bigger car that can travel a lot farther between charges.

Indeed, prices are broadly in line with the similar-sized Renault Zoe and Mini Electric, although the e-208's price does rise above those cars if you go for range-topping GT trim. We wouldn't recommend doing that, but we would advise avoiding the entry-level Active because this doesn't even have alloy wheels.

Allure trim gets you 16in alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning and power-folding door mirrors and is our favourite. GT Line trim adds 17in alloys, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, making it a tempting proposition, while the top-spec GT model nets you adaptive cruise control and heated front seats. 

Unlike the Renault Zoe and Mini Electric, which are limited to charging speeds of 50kW, the e-208's battery can support charging at up to 100kW. Frustratingly, 100kW charging points are rather scarce in the UK at the moment, but if you can find one, the e-208's battery can be charged from 0 to 80% in just 30 minutes. From a 7kW home charger, a 0-100% charge will take 7hrs 30min. 

Peugeot finished roughly mid-table in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey (18th out of 31 manufacturers) but it’s too early to say how the e-208 will perform where reliability is concerned. A three-year warranty, consisting of two years of unlimited-mileage cover from the manufacturer and an additional year provided by Peugeot’s UK dealer network, should help to ease any reliability concerns, however. Meanwhile, the battery is covered by its own eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty – similar cover to that offered by rivals. 

Euro NCAP tested a petrol-powered 208 and gave it a reasonable four out of five stars for safety. This score doesn't cover the e-208 specifically (because it's much heavier), but you do get automatic emergency braking (AEB) as standard on all trim levels, with range-topping GT trim also benefitting from blind spot detection.  

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Overview

Looks the part, has a great interior and is decent to drive to boot. Some rivals are cheaper or can go farther between charges, but the comfortable e-208 is the best all-round small electric car there is.

  • Eye-catching, classy-feeling interior
  • Decent to drive
  • Well equipped
  • The Renault Zoe can cover more miles between charges
  • Mushy brake pedal
  • Not the cheapest electric option

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