Peugeot e-208 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Performance & drive

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Let’s start with the numbers. The e-208 has a 50kWh battery that powers a 134bhp electric motor – enough to propel the-208 from 0-60mph in a spritely 7.9sec during our tests. That means it’s comfortably quicker than a Renault Zoe, although not quite as nippy as a Kia e-Niro or Mini Electric

It also has an impressive official range of 217 miles on a full charge. While we are yet to put the e-208 through our Real Range test to find out what's easily achievable in real-world driving, the official figure is comfortably more than a Mini Electric or Volkswagen e-Up can manage, although the Zoe and e-Niro can travel even greater distances. As a rough estimate, you should be able to manage at least 160 miles quite easily, even in the winter months when cold temperatures take their toll on battery performance, as long you take it easy.

The e-208 feels reasonably agile by electric car class standards, and while its steering isn’t exactly brimming with feedback, it is at least well-weighted and accurate. And although ride comfort isn't perfect, you're bounced around in your seat less than you would be in a Zoe or a Mini Electric. The e-Up (or the almost identical Skoda Citigoe iV or Seat Mii Electric) is an even smoother-riding choice, though. 

As with all electric cars, the e-208 has something called regenerative braking. This just means that energy is recuperated in the process of slowing down, and fed back into the battery. Pressing the brake pedal increases this effect but means the pedal feels curiously spongy compared with a petrol or diesel car's, and this can make it hard to slow your progress smoothly until you've grown used to it. It's still has better brakes than the Zoe, though.

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