What's the used Peugeot e-208 hatchback like?
Fancy a hip-looking small car that's fully electric and relatively easy on the pocket? The Peugeot e-208 is one of a new breed of smaller, more affordable electric cars that look set to take an increasing slice of the EV market as we approach the 2030 deadline for the end of sales of pure petrol and diesel-engined cars.
It's Peugeot's first all-electric mass-production car and it's based, not surprisingly, on the regular 208 small family hatchback. It's an all-electric car with a 134bhp electric motor, and the battery pack is housed neatly under the floor.
When it comes to the twisties, the e-208 isn't quite as sporty as the tiny, kart-like steering wheel would suggest and the steering doesn’t give you a great sense of connection to the road. However, judged by the standards of its electric car rivals, it's comparatively good fun.
The e-208 has a softer suspension than some of its rivals, too, allowing it to glide along the motorway, feeling like a much bigger car than it is. However, it can be a little bouncy at times, although it deals with potholes well enough.
There's some wind noise at higher speeds, but for the most part road noise is at a minimum.
Visibility over the shoulder is reduced by the e-208’s tapering roof and thick pillars, but the rear parking sensors help make up for the limited view out the back when reversing.
The display with the speedometer and rev counter has been designed to be seen from over the steering wheel, rather than through it. This won’t be a problem if you sit a bit higher in the seat or close to the steering wheel, but for many, it’ll block your view of the dials. If you can’t quite see it then you might have to move the steering wheel to an awkward position to keep an eye on how fast you’re going. We strongly recommend test-driving the e-208 before committing to a driving position that might not suit you.
Inside, there’s plenty of room in the front. Alas, rear room is a little tighter than in the e-208’s main rivals. The materials used make the interior feel upmarket. The absence of physical buttons for most of the secondary controls means you have to go through the infotainment screen just to adjust things like the air-con temperature, though, and this can be distracting.