The Peugeot e-208 is priced well below premium electric cars such as the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-tron, and its lower trim levels also undercut the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric. However, those rivals should go farther on a full charge, and are rather better to drive.
Entry-level Active trim comes with basic steel wheels, yet provide a function that can pre-heat the car before you get in. Automatic air conditioning is standard, too. Allure adds 16in alloy wheels and the 3D-effect driver display we described earlier. GT Line models get 17in alloys, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera, while top-spec GT models get a semi-autonomous parking assistance system, the larger 10.0in touchscreen and adaptive cruise control with lane-positioning assistance. It also gives you heated front seats.
The battery can charge at up to 100kW and, if you use a fast charger like the ones you’ll find at many motorway service stations, the e-208 will charge from 0-80% in around 30min.
Peugeot finished roughly mid-table in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, placing 18th out of 31 manufacturers, but it’s too early to say how the brand’s first ever electric small car will perform where reliability is concerned.
Every e-208 gets 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. Meanwhile, the battery is covered by its own eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty that’s similar to that offered by rivals.
Neither the 208 or e-208 have been crash tested by safety experts Euro NCAP but the early signs are promising. Automatic emergency braking (AEB) comes as standard, along with a ‘distance alert system’ that delivers a warning if the car senses it is at risk of a collision with a vehicle or pedestrian in the road ahead. Traffic sign recognition, to keep you abreast of the prevailing speed limit, is also standard across the range, as is lane-keeping assistance and a driver attention alert system. A blindspot monitoring system is optional.