PEUGEOT

PEUGEOT E-208 ELECTRIC HATCHBACK 100kW GT Line 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
  • Electric rear windows with one touch/anti-pinch
  • Tailgate with heated rear windscreen and wiper blade
  • Dark tinted Rear side and tailgate windows
  • 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
  • Smartphone charging plate

  • Driver attention warning
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Speed limit recognition and recommendation
  • Visio Park 1 with 180 degree Colour reversing camera

  • Push button start

  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with compact steering wheel
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with configurable 3D headup instrument panel
  • 2 front USB socket with USB-C
  • Exterior temperature indicator with ice warning
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and andriod auto
  • Peugeot connect SOS and assistance

  • Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and power folding door mirrors

  • Carbon effect Dashboard, front and rear door panel finish

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

  • Nera black door mirror shells
  • Model designation badges front and rear
  • Rear lower bumper diffuser effect trim in gloss black
  • Gloss black rear cluster connecting strip
  • Gloss black finish on B pillar
  • Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Body coloured exterior door handles
  • Diamond black rear spoiler
  • GT Line model designation badging on C pillar
  • GT Line model designation badging on tailgate
  • Gloss black wheel arch extensions
  • Gloss black window surround
  • Dichroic badging in front lion with e monogram on C pillar and tailgate
  • Diamond Black roof
  • Radiator grille - body colour chequered and gloss black edge trim
  • Rear bumper with gloss black finish
  • Stainless steel door sill scuff plates

  • Rear full LED 3D peugeot signature claw effect lights with daylight function
  • LED daytime running lights with 3 claw headlight with distinctive tooth design
  • Full LED headlights with smartbeam assist
  • Headlights left on audible warning
  • Automatic lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED side indicator lights integrated into door mirrors
  • 2 X Rear number plate lights
  • Rear reversing lights

  • Dual zone electronic climate control
  • Pre heating function

  • Piano keys gloss black plated toggle switches to access main functions of the vehicle
  • Front and rear carpet mats in black with specific detailing
  • Lime green contrast stitching to armrest, front centre console, door panels and dashboard facia
  • Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Aluminium pedals and foot rest
  • Automatic gear lever in full grain leather and satin chrome
  • Mistral full grain perforated leather steering wheel with aikinite stitch detail and satin chrome 'GT' emblem
  • 12V socket
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Roof lining - Mistral black
  • High centre console with 2 cup holders
  • Map pockets on the backs of the front seats
  • Mode 3 type 2 cable for wallbox charging

  • 8 Colour personalisable ambient lighting
  • Front LED interior light with 2 reading spotlights and rear interior light with timer

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

  • Driver and front passenger sport seats
  • Driver and front passenger seat mechanical height adjustment
  • 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
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting points on passenger seat

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

  • 17" Shaw diamond cut two tone alloy 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
  • 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: GT Line
  • 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: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • 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: 28E
  • 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

  • Lane keep assist: Included
  • Programmable cruise control and speed limiter: Included

  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with 7" capacitive colour touchscreen: Included
  • 10" Capacitive colour touchscreen with connected 3D navigation: £650

  • 7 kW monophase on board charger: Included

  • Cielo panoramic glass roof: £500
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £695
  • Special paint: £695
  • Special Metallic paint: £545

  • Piano keys gloss black plated toggle switches to access touchscreen functions: £0
  • Nappa full grain leather upholstery with heated front seats, multi way electric driver seat with massage, lumbar adjust + memory: £1,400
  • Tri material cloth/leather upholstery: Included
  • 11 Kw triphase onboard charger: £300

  • Drive assist pack plus - 208: £300

  • Metallic - Faro yellow: £0

  • Pearl - White: £695

  • Special - Elixir red: £695
  • Special - Vertigo blue: £695
  • Special metallic - Cumulus grey: £545
  • Special metallic - Nera black: £545

  • Nappa mistral full grain leather - Charcoal grey with Asphalt double stitching+heated front seats,multiway electric driver seat+massage,lumbar+memory: £1,400

  • Tri material leather/cloth - Capy/isabella trim with lime green 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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