Peugeot e-208 electric motor, drive & performance

Nippy enough and with deft handling that lives up to its looks, the electric 208 also has a harsh ride that makes it less comfortable than some rivals

Peugeot e-208
0-62mph Top speed Driven wheels Power
8.1s 93mph Front 134bhp

The Peugeot e-208 feels confidence-inspiring and enjoyable on a good road, with nippy acceleration that makes light work of driving around town. The only big disappointment is that the ride feels choppy and unsettled over scruffy surfaces.

Peugeot e-208 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration

There’s more than enough zing to make the e-208 feel fairly aggressive away from the lights if you want to indulge in some one-upmanship.

While the 0-62mph time of 8.1 seconds is nothing exceptional, the linear build of power and instant torque on offer makes it feel punchier than most petrol alternatives at town speeds.

It’s also more than hearty enough to satisfy even at motorway speeds. The throttle response is easy to modulate, and sharpens up noticeably in Sport mode. What’s less ideal is the ride comfort, which rarely settles down and can be quite harsh over poor surfaces, especially if you hit a pothole or bump in the road with cornering forces involved.

We’ve only driven the car on the bigger 17-inch wheels so far, and we’ve yet to drive it at all in the UK, so we’ll report back on whether things improve on home soil and with smaller wheels. There’s quite a lot of tyre noise evident on the bigger wheels, too.

Handling

The electric Peugeot feels assertive and fun in most situations, including around town or on a decent country road. The small steering wheel makes it seem darty as you turn into corners, and while the steering response is quite artificial-feeling, it’s also easy to get used to and generally quite confidence-inspiring.