Peugeot e-208 review

Category: Small Electric

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 45kWh battery that powers a 134bhp electric motor – enough to propel the car, in our tests, from 0-60mph in a spritely 7.5sec. That means it’s comfortably quicker than a Renault Zoe, although not quite as nippy as a Kia e-Niro or Mini Electric

The e-208 also has an impressive official range of up to 217 miles on a full charge. You won't get that far in real-world driving but, based on our tests, 150 miles in winter and 170 miles in the summer is a realistic expectation without trying too hard. That's farther than a Fiat 500 or Honda E can manage, although the Zoe has an even longer range.

Ride comfort is better than in the Zoe, though – or the Mini Electric for that matter. It's only potholes and expansion joints that the e-208's relatively soft suspension struggles to cope with; these obstacles sometimes send jolts through the car. There's also more nosedive under braking than you'd experience in many rivals, including the Fiat 500 and Zoe.

On the subject of brakes, as with all electric cars, the e-208 has something called regenerative braking. This just means that energy is recuperated during the process of slowing down, and fed back into the battery. Pressing the brake pedal increases this effect but it means the pedal feels curiously spongy, which can make it hard to slow your progress smoothly. 

More positively, the e-208 is quieter than its main rivals – particularly the Mini and 500 but also the Zoe. You notice this most at motorway speeds, where the e-208 does a great job of keeping road and wind noise where it's supposed to be: outside the car. 

The e-208 isn't particularly fun to drive and there's more body lean than in a Mini or Zoe, but it feels more stable through fast corners than the smaller 500 and Honda E and there's plenty of grip. Likewise, the steering is accurate and there's enough weight build up as you turn into bends to give you confidence, but don't expect much in the way of feedback. 

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