Peugeot e-208 review

Category: Small Electric

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Peugeot e-208 costs more to buy than some small electric cars, such as the Fiat 500, but then you'd expect that because it's more practical and can travel 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 one of the top trim levels. We wouldn't recommend doing that, but we would advise avoiding sparsely equipped Active trim.

Active Premium trim gets you automatic air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. We reckon Allure is the pick of the range, though, because it adds posher seats and some smarter exterior styling. The higher trim levels, particularly GT and GT Premium, stray into ID.3 territory so are too pricey to recommend.

Unlike the Renault Zoe and Mini Electric, which are limited to charging speeds of 50kW, the e-208's battery can support charging rates of 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 10-80% in around 30 minutes. From a 7kW home charger, a 0-100% charge will take 7hrs 30min. 

Peugeot finished a disappointing 25th (out of 31 manufacturers) in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, although the e-208 itself wasn't included. 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. Meanwhile, the battery is covered by its own eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty – similar cover to that offered by rivals. 

You get automatic emergency braking (AEB) on all models which, if you go for GT or GT Premium trim, works at night and can recognise cyclists. These top two trim levels also benefit from blindspot monitoring. However, the e-208 received a relatively disappointing four stars (out of five) for safety when appraised by Euro NCAP, with whiplash protection for adults sitting in the back rated as 'poor'.

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Overview

Looks the part, has a great interior and is decent to drive. Some rivals are cheaper or can go farther between charges, but the e-208 is the still a fine all-rounder.

  • 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

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