Peugeot e-208 electric motor, drive & performance

The electric Peugeot 208 is nippy enough and has deft handling that lives up to its sporty looks

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 even at motorway speeds. The throttle response is easy to modulate, and sharpens up noticeably in Sport mode. Ride comfort can be a touch restless on poor surfaces, but even over scrappy, UK country roads and riding on 17-inch alloys, the Peugeot kept its composure. Sure, a Renault ZOE has a softer ride comfort but it's not as much fun to drive, either.

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. it's generally a very grown-up feeling car with a pleasing zing of enthusiasm to be had, too.