Peugeot 208 electric: e-208 order books open
Order books have officially opened for the pure-electric Peugeot e-208, which is priced from £25,050.
Monthly finance deals have also been confirmed, with the entry-level e-208 Active costing from £289 per month with a deposit of £5,450 on a 48-month contract.
Four trims will be available on the e-208, with the entry-level Active spec getting Peugeot’s i-Cockpit dashboard displays, a seven-inch touchscreen, cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and smartphone connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
Also included are 16-inch steel wheels and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, as well as powered and heated door mirrors, plus pre-heating functionality and automatic air-conditioning.
The Allure trim costs £26,250, and adds a gloss-black B-pillar, leather-effect seat upholstery, double stitching detail and ‘Claw Effect’ LED tail-lights.
GT Line trim is priced at £28,100 and includes front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, additional active safety systems and ‘smart’ headlights.
The wheels are also upgraded to 17-inch alloys, with gloss-black wheelarch extensions and a black roof added, too.
The top-spec GT trim is exclusive to the e-208: it costs £29,650 and adds fully automated parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, lane-positioning assistance and blind-spot monitoring, as well as Alcantara trim, heated front seats and a 10-inch colour touchscreen.
All prices take into account the Government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant.
Peugeot e-208 specs
Peugeot began taking reservations for the e-208 in April, with the company accepting deposits of £500 online. These are fully refundable until seven days after customers have viewed demonstrator models of the electric 208, although an exact date for the arrival of these in the UK has been given at this stage.
The Peugeot e-208 made its world debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March, as the French brand took its first step towards full electrification of its range by 2023.
The e-208 features a 50kWh battery capable of delivering 211 miles of range according to the latest testing cycle, known as WLTP. The battery is covered by an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
The supermini is powered by a 134bhp electric motor, and will do 0-62mph in 8.2sec.
The e-208 comes with three driving modes: ‘Eco’ to maximise range, ‘Normal’ for passenger comfort, and ‘Sport’ for performance driving.
Up to 100kW rapid charging is offered, with Peugeot estimating a 0-80% charge taking as little as 30 minutes at that rate. A full top-up should take around eight hours from a wallbox charger, increasing to over 20 hours using a domestic three-pin socket.
Peugeot also promises charging can be controlled remotely using the MyPeugeot app, with pre-programming features for heating, air-conditioning and windscreen defrosting, too.
A pair of ‘e’ motifs feature on the rear panels, and the company’s lion logo is said to appear to change colour from different angles. The front grille gains a chequered colour scheme to match the body paint.
As expected, the e-208 adopts a five-door hatchback shape, with the grille appearing more upright than on previous generations of the internal combustion-engined car. Meanwhile, the roofline drops down towards the rear for a sporty look.
Interior and infotainment
Peugeot says the battery has been positioned to maximise interior space, and claims that the boot space doesn’t suffer at all compared to the petrol and diesel variants.
The carmaker’s 3D i-Cockpit infotainment system – much criticised when it was launched, but now much more favourably received – features inside, with either seven or 10-inch touchscreens included depending on trim level.
This 3D i-Cockpit comes with TomTom Traffic updates and Peugeot Mirror Screen, making it compatible with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. It also incorporates Free2Move Services, which provides access to charging points across Europe and suggests the best routes for long-distance journeys.
The interior benefits from a padded dashboard with a carbon finish on the central section, and storage areas can be found under the front armrest, in front of the gearlever and in the centre console itself. Higher trim levels add heated seats.
Additionally, the interior can be customised with a choice of eight LED colour accents, and in GT-spec cars, the e-208 gains Alcantara upholstery, plus 17-inch alloy wheels with “special inserts”.
The e-208 also benefits from Peugeot Driver Assist, which includes a suite of safety systems: these include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance up to 45mph, parking assistance, emergency braking assistance, speed-limit and traffic-sign recognition, automatic headlight dipping and blind-spot monitoring, among others.
A head-up display projects driver information onto the windscreen, so you don’t need to divert your eyes from the road.