Peugeot e-208 (2020) Review
Peugeot e-208 (2020) At A Glance
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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