Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Let’s start with the numbers. The e-208 gets a 50kWh battery that powers a 136bhp electric motor; enough to propel it from 0-62mph in a spritely 8.1sec. That means it’s comfortably quicker than a Renault Zoe and most versions of the Nissan Leaf, but slower than a Kia E-Niro.
It also has an impressive WLTP-certified range of 211 miles on a full charge. While we are yet to put the e-208 through our Real Range test, 211 miles from a full charge is around the middle of the class – a comfortably longer range than cars like the Volkswagen e-Golf and BMW i3, but behind the new Renault Zoe, Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro.
It feels reasonably agile by electric car class standards, but rather less impressive is the e-208’s ride. It is incredibly firm, and that’s noticeable the instant the tyres pass over any bit of road that isn’t snooker-table smooth. Most other cars in this class, especially those in this price range, offer a much more comfortable ride.
Another disappointment is its brake pedal feel. It is very inconsistent, which makes it hard to pull smoothly to a stop. The accelerator, by contrast, is very smooth and easy to use. There’s also a few different driving modes which can change how responsive it is, too, catering for whether you want to eke the most out of your range or boost your performance.