Peugeot e-208 (2020) Review

Peugeot e-208 (2020) At A Glance

4/5

+Maximum range of 217 miles. Smooth electric powertrain. Upmarket cabin. High-spec models get smart 3D instrument display.

-Expensive. Firm ride quality on rough roads. Below par infotainment.

The Peugeot e-208 is the small electric car with mass appeal. Easy to drive, smartly styled and capable of covering over 200 miles on a single charge, the electric version of the 208 is an impressive and likeable EV. 

Closely related to the Vauxhall Corsa-e, the Peugeot e-208 is powered by a 50kWh battery that returns 217 miles, according to the WLTP test, which puts it ahead the MINI Electric (124 miles) but behind the Renault Zoe (245 miles) when it comes to maximum advertised range. 

Inside, the e-208 is identical to the petrol and diesel 208 with an upmarket fit and finish. The battery pack is placed under the floor to maximise cabin space and Peugeot's i-cockpit system combines a small steering wheel with a customisable digital display. High-spec versions also get a fancy 3D instrument binnacle that does a good job of simplifying the e-208's range and battery charge status.

The slow touchscreen infotainment located at the centre of the dash, is one of the few areas of disappointment - the systems used by Ford and Volkswagen are much more attractive to the eye and easier to use. The e-208 is also cramped in the back, which means adults will find head and leg room to be limited.

That said, on the road, the e-208 is generally relaxing to drive. The steering is light and responsive, while the 136PS electric motor provides a rewarding zip of acceleration. Officially, 0-62mph takes 8.1 seconds but the e-208 feels a lot more capable on the road, thanks to its 260Nm of instant torque.

Despite weighing a portly 1455kg, the e-208 feels light on its wheels. The power delivery is smooth and predictable, while the vehicle's low centre of gravity and firm suspension does a good job of keeping body lean to a minimum when it comes to cornering. Some might find the ride comfort to be on the firm side of comfortable but the e-208 will supress all but the harshest of road bumps. 

A 100kW fast charging station can charge the Peugeot e-208 to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, while a full charge at a 7kW home wallbox takes 7.5 hours. A domestic three-pin plug will take around 20 hours for a complete charge. Peugeot also offers some useful tech to make life easier, including a smartphone app that can be used to remotely activate the charging of the car, as well as programme the heating, air conditioning and windscreen defrosting.

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What is the best electric car to replace my Audi A1?
"Which electric car would advise to replace our Audi A1 Sportback 1.0 petrol? We do lots of short journeys and cover 5000 miles a year. "
We'd recommend a Peugeot e-208. It's a great little electric car with stylish looks and a premium cabin. Also look at the Renault Zoe or, if you'd prefer something a bit bigger, the Volkswagen ID.3.
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My car's electric range seems poor. What do you think?
"I purchased a Peugeot e-208 a few months ago. I have never been very impressed with its range so decided to drive it from fully charged until the battery warning light illuminated. Over a few days of mixed driving, about 30 miles on dual carriageway and the rest on local rural roads - it covered 94 miles. There were 8 miles of driving range left. During this time, the car was in 'normal' mode and contained one or two people. My driving style was conservative. I accept that the recent cold weather may have a part to play but this range seems very poor. I'm grateful for your comments and advice."
That does seem poor, but there are a number of factors that you've hinted at that can impact range. As you've suggested, the weather conditions won't help – did you pre-heat the car while it was plugged in? As you're probably aware, you can use the smartphone app to switch the heaters and heated seats on while the car's plugged in. This is worthwhile as warming the car up can use quite a lot of power. The kind of driving you cover will affect the range, too. Even if you're driving quite conservatively, a dual carriageway or hilly rural road route isn't the e-208's natural territory.
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Can you recommend a small car for short journeys?
"Which car do you recommend for short journeys? I now only drive about 3 miles per day to work. Also, would it be better to go for a brand new one or one a couple of years old? Need it to be reliable and cost-effective. I currently have a 2004 Volkswagen Lupo with 90,000 miles on the clock. I've had it from brand new and it been great but it's starting to cost me in repairs to keep it on the road. I think it could be time to change. Thanks."
A brand new car is a bit extravagant for your short commute but it might be worthwhile – a small amount each month on a PCP payment, for example, will take away the need to worry about the annual MOT test or the cost of repairs as the car gets older. We'd recommend a Kia Picanto or Suzuki Swift – two little cars which will be very cheap to run. You might find an electric car suits your needs, too – something like the electric Fiat 500 or Peugeot e-208.
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Which electric car is right for me?
"I need to downsize my car. I'm thinking of going electric. The longest round trip would be 200 miles. I also need to have a passenger car for my grandchildren."
We'd recommend a Vauxhall Corsa-e or Peugeot e-208. Both are really good introductions to electric vehicles: easy to drive, comfortable and with a good range (209 miles for the Corsa and 211 for the e-208). In the real world, you'll have to charge them on a 200-mile round trip but, if you can charge at your destination, they'll be more than capable. If you're after something a little more spacious, consider a Volkswagen ID.3.
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