PEUGEOT

PEUGEOT E-208 ELECTRIC HATCHBACK 100kW Active 50kWh 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.1s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range217 miles

It's getting harder and harder to resist the draw of full-electric vehicles. Most of them seem to be SUVs these days but here's a Zero Emission supermini, the Peugeot e-208. It looks snappy, does 211 miles between charges, has no practicality downsides over the combustion-engined version and comes with monthly payment finance you could justify. What's not to like?

GALLIC CHARGE

Jonathan Crouch is charmed by the all-electric version of Peugeot's 208 supermini

Ten Second Review

It's getting harder and harder to resist the draw of full-electric vehicles. Most of them seem to be SUVs these days but here's a Zero Emission supermini, the Peugeot e-208. It looks snappy, does 211 miles between charges, has no practicality downsides over the combustion-engined version and comes with monthly payment finance you could justify. What's not to like?

Background

In the future, all small cars will need to be developed on platforms that can support full-electric as well as conventional thermic propulsion. Surprisingly, few currently are but the Peugeot 208 is an exception. The brand wants you to pick a powertrain for this model (petrol, diesel or electric) in the same way you'd select a trim option - and it's the battery-powered variant, the e-208, that we look at here. It shares all the same engineering we've already also seen in the PSA Group's two other small car battery-powered products, the Vauxhall Corsa-e and the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE, a pair of designs that share this Peugeot's sophisticated CMP ('Common Modular Platform'). And those same underpinnings allow for a new generation of 'big car'-style camera safety systems. It all sounds promising: let's take a look.

Driving Experience

Here, as with this model's cousin the Vauxhall Corsa-e, a 50kWh lithium-ion battery is mated to a 100kW electric motor putting out 136bhp and working through the usual single-speed auto transmission you get with EVs. Like all electric vehicles, this one develops all of its torque at once (there's 260Nm of it) and this car simply hurls itself away from rest (it takes just a couple of seconds to crest the 30mph mark and 62mph is reached in only 8.1s), disguising the fact that (also like all EVs) this Zero Emissions variant has a bit of a weight problem - that drivetrain adds over 300kgs of bulk. That other small battery-powered little hatches manage this issue a little better is evidenced by the fact that the e-208's WLTP-rated 211 mile driving range is easily improved upon by the latest versions of the Renault ZOE and the BMW i3. Still, all of this does represent a brave new world for forward-thinking supermini buyers looking to make the (still rather expensive) switch into all-electric motoring; it seems like only yesterday, after all, that a fully-charged small EV could only manage around half the kind of range you get from this one. Of course, you certainly won't achieve anything like that kind of operating capability if you get anywhere near this EV's quoted 93mph top speed. Or if you habitually drive your e-208 in the 'Sport' setting that'll be necessary to release to full 136bhp power output just mentioned. The quoted range figure will only be distantly possible if you instead engage a somewhat restrictive 'Eco' mode that drops power output right down to 83bhp. That's the setting you'll use in an e-208 around town, an environment in which it makes a strange polyphonic sound at low speeds to warn unwary pedestrians of its impending approach. Above 18mph, all you can hear is a bit of tyre roar from the eco-moulded Michelin rubber.

Design and Build

The all-electric e-208 is distinguished from what Peugeot calls 'thermic'-powered models by the adoption of body colouring for the front grille and a more unusual 'Dichroic' finish for the lion badge that appears to change colour, depending on your viewing angle. Most versions of this model will be ordered in either 'GT-Line' or top 'GT'-spec, these two top variants recognisable by 'diamond black' roof colouring and glossy black wheel arch flares, which streamline the body, making the wheel diameter of the 17-inch wheel rims appear larger. On these premium versions, those rims are adorned with screw-in customisable inserts which improve the aerodynamics and apparently reduce kerb weight by 3.6kgs. Inside, there's the usual 208 'i-Cockpit' driving position format, where you view the instrument binnacle over the upper rim of a tiny steering wheel rather than conventionally through the wheel spokes. Plus, as with other versions of this model, the concept's been further developed with the addition of a clever 3D instrument binnacle display. What else? Well rear passenger space is slightly compromised by the need to place the powertrain's battery pack beneath that back seat. But there's no compromise in boot space, which is 311-litres in size just like any other 208.

Market and Model

Peugeot obviously thinks it's going to sell quite a few e-208s (the prediction is 20% of total model mix) because this powertrain is available with every trim level and the top 'GT' spec option is exclusive to it. Even in base 'Active' form though, an e-208 will set you back around £25,500. And that's after the available £3,000 government plug-in grant towards purchase has been subtracted from the mildly alarming initial asking price. At top Gt variant will cost you around £30,000. Most e-208 models will be bought on finance, which from launch, after grant deduction, saw deals starting from around £280 a month, with £5,450 up-front. On to this car's value proposition. It's significantly more affordable than its identically-engineered Vauxhall Corsa-e equivalent, which in its least expensive form costs around £2,000 more than a base-spec 'Active'-trimmed e-208 and in its priciest guise costs around £1,000 more than a top e-208 GT. As a rival, a MINI Electric makes even less sense; that MINI's priced from around £28,000 and has a much lower operating range, a three-door-only body style and a tiny boot - plus it would probably cost around £3,000 more when equipped to a similar standard. There aren't really any other direct all-electric small hatch options. You can get battery-powered versions of the Volkswagen up! and the SEAT Mii from around £20,000, but they're both smaller city cars. A battery-powered family hatch like a Kia e-Niro would cost around £35,000 and a BMW i3 even more.

Cost of Ownership

Peugeot's aim was for this EV to have a total ownership cost roughly equivalent to what you pay to buy and run an automatic version of the petrol model: well it's some way off that right at present. Its drivetrain claims to be state-of-the-art for a small car, though its WLTP-certified range of 211 miles is bettered in the class by the BMW i3 and the Renault ZOE. It's worth pointing out though, that both these rivals cost significantly more and that a more closely-priced Zero Emission rival, the MINI Electric can offer a WLTP range of only 144 miles. Bear in mind that as with all Evs, the quoted range figure will drop considerably in winter weather or over long motorway journeys - in the case of the e-208 to around 150 miles. If you're an e-208 owner, you'll need to know that getting anywhere near the quoted range figure will necessitate staying in the powertrain's provided 'Eco' mode - activating its 'Sport' mode setting will reduce your range by around 10%. What about charging your e-208? With a wallbox in place in your garage, a full charge from empty will take seven and-a-half hours. With a public 50kW Rapid Charger, the replenishment time to charge from 15 to 80% is 45 minutes. If you're fortunate enough to find a 100kW Rapid Charger, that falls to 30 minutes. At the other extreme, if you happen to be somewhere you can only charge from a domestic supply using an ordinary 3-pin plug (and the optional 3-pin plug lead that costs extra with this car), the charging replenishment time would be a yawning 20 hours. As an e-208 buyer, your dealer will also give you the option to pay a subscription for a so-called 'Mobility Pass'. That'll enable you to borrow a conventional petrol or diesel-powered car from the brand for those times when you might need to undertake a longer or more complex journey - holiday times for instance.

Summary

So how successful has Peugeot been with this e-208 in terms of what it describes as "unboring the future"? Well, we think you'll be impressed. Other sector competitors can go further on a single charge, but we think that this model's operating range will (unlike that of segment rivals like the Honda e and the MINI Electric) be quite sufficient for the average family's needs. There may be a few supermini buyers who don't like the cabin layout, want something better suited to cornering their door handles or who might prefer a premium brand - but we're guessing they'll be in the minority. Most will recognise that in this e-208, Peugeot has delivered an EV supermini you could really bond with. Glug, glug, glug, plug: bring it on.

  • Electric front windows + one touch + anti-pinch
  • Manual rear windows
  • Tailgate with heated rear windscreen and wiper blade
  • Automatic windscreen wipers
  • Front windscreen wiper with magic wash cleaning system
  • Rear windscreen wiper triggered automatically in reverse gear

  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Braking Distribution) and EBA (Emergency Braking Assistance)
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Electric parking brake
  • ESP with Hill Assist

  • Smart phone docking station
  • Bluetooth telephone facility

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Driver attention warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Programmable cruise control and speed limiter
  • Speed limit recognition and recommendation

  • Push button start

  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with compact steering wheel
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with 7" capacitive colour touchscreen
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with 3.5" instrument panel display
  • 2 front USB socket with USB-C
  • Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and andriod auto
  • Exterior temperature indicator with ice warning
  • Peugeot connect SOS and assistance
  • Multi function trip computer

  • Electrically operated and heated door mirrors
  • Rear view mirror

  • Carbon effect Dashboard, front and rear door panel finish

  • 2x USB sockets in rear
  • Voice recognition for radio, navigation and telephony features
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 6 speakers radio with mp3 compatible

  • Body coloured exterior door handles
  • Diamond black rear spoiler
  • Gloss black wheel arch extensions
  • Colour coded door mirror shells
  • Dichroic badging in front lion with e monogram on C pillar and tailgate
  • Model designation badges front and rear
  • Gloss black rear cluster connecting strip
  • Radiator grille - body colour chequered and gloss black edge trim

  • Eco LED headlights
  • Headlights left on audible warning
  • 2 X Rear number plate lights
  • Rear reversing lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED daytime running lights with distinctive tooth design
  • Automatic lights

  • Pre heating function
  • Dual zone electronic climate control

  • 12V socket
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Automatic gear lever in full grain leather and satin chrome
  • Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Piano keys gloss black plated toggle switches to access main functions of the vehicle
  • Tri material cloth upholstery
  • Map pockets on the backs of the front seats
  • Mode 3 type 2 cable for wallbox charging
  • Roof lining - light grey
  • High centre console with 2 cup holders

  • Front interior light with 2 reading spotlights

  • Driver and passenger airbags with Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • 2x 2nd row ISOFIX child seat mountings
  • 3x Front optimised safety headrests and rear retractable headrests with height adjustable
  • Front three point retractable seatbelts with force limiters
  • Tyre pressure sensor
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Pedestrians active safety brake
  • Child locking functionality on rear doors

  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • Seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert for front and rear seats
  • Driver and front passenger seat manual adjustment in longitudinal and back rest angle
  • Driver seat mechanical height adjustment
  • Driver and front passenger comfort seats

  • Electronic code immobiliser
  • Automatic door locking when moving off
  • Deadlock
  • Thatcham Category 1 alarm
  • Automatic hazard light activation upon heavy brake application

  • 16" Plaka steel wheels

  • Tyre puncture repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: N
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 50
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: 15.9
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 313
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Min: 491
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Max: 433
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min: 349
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max: 313
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 15.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 17.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 3.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 3.9
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Max: 269
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Min: 305
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max: 194
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min: 217

  • Noise Level dB(A): 64
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N

  • Engine Code: N
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Active
  • Coin Description: 100kW 50 kWh
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 16000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 0.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 26E
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6
  • Engine Power - KW: 101
  • Engine Power - RPM: N
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3674
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: False
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.1
  • Top Speed: 93

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear: 195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" STEEL
  • Wheel Style: PLAKA
  • Alloys?: False
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 1960
  • Height: 1430
  • Length: 4055
  • Width: 1745
  • Wheelbase: 2540

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1455
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1910
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 311
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Loading Weight: 455
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1106

  • 7 kW monophase on board charger: Included

  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Special Metallic paint: £545
  • Special solid paint: £275

  • 11 Kw triphase onboard charger: £300

  • Metallic - Faro yellow: £0

  • Special metallic - Cumulus grey: £545
  • Special metallic - Nera black: £545
  • Special solid - Bianca white: £275

  • Tri material cloth - Pneuma/rimini trim with orange double stitching: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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