Peugeot e-208 interior & comfort
A striking dashboard design and textural finish give the electric Peugeot 208 the edge for perceived interior quality and design appeal
The Peugeot e-208 gets one of the most high-tech dashboards in the small-car class, not least thanks to digital dials complete with 3D-effect graphics that seem to jump out from the screen. All but entry-level Active trim gets them, and you can configure the readout (which sits in a binnacle above the small steering wheel) to show different views and arrays of information.
Active trim is also the only version that does without a central front armrest, so the cheapest e-208 will be a less comfortable car if you plan to do big miles. Otherwise, as long as you can find a comfortable driving position that allows for a clear view of the dash-top readout, it’s easy to read and looks very high-end for this class.
Every e-208 gets a colour touchscreen media system, too, with most trim levels getting a seven-inch screen with an upgrade to a 10-inch screen on offer as an option (with the exception of top-spec GT, where it's standard). The e-208's interior is a comfortable place to spend time, and also more interesting and appealing-looking than what you’ll find in a Vauxhall Corsa-e or Renault ZOE. Visibility could be better, though, and the driving position won’t suit everyone.
Peugeot e-208 dashboard
The Peugeot’s dashboard gets an appealingly striking design and blend of materials, all of which is dominated by the screens – both the dash-top, 3D digital dials in front of the driver and the big touchscreen mounted centrally. It’s annoying that you have to change the temperature on the screen rather than the switchgear arrayed underneath, though.
Equipment, options & accessories
Equipment levels on the e-208 are very good, although you’re best off avoiding the entry-level Active, as it’s the only version that doesn’t get the configurable driver’s readout, alloy wheels, climate control, electric rear windows, heated power-folding wing mirrors, wireless phone charging and more.
Still, even this most basic e-208 gets automatic lights, rear parking sensors, air-conditioning and cruise control, which – together with the comprehensive infotainment equipment – still ticks most of the boxes.
Mid-range Allure is our pick of the line-up for its balance of comfort and cost, as it gets all the items that Active misses out on, as well as full LED rear lights, multiple USB charging ports front and back, leatherette upholstery, 16-inch alloys and a gloss black B-pillar.
GT Line ups that again with ambient interior lighting, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, gloss-black wheelarch extensions, a contrasting black roof, 17-inch alloy wheels and full LED headlights. Top-spec GT is pricey, but does deliver heated seats, gloss-black switches on the dashboard to more easily access the touchscreen functions and part-Alcantara upholstery, among other extra features.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
All but top-spec GT cars get a seven-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB/FM radio and USB connectivity. It’s a decent system that’s mostly logical to use, but the screen can be slow to respond and the graphics aren’t quite as good as on some other cars.
We’d also like certain key commands – such as turning off the spoken directions – to be more obvious. The system in the Kia Soul EV and Hyundai Kona Electric is better overall, but the Peugeot’s interface is unlikely to disappoint. Go for anything but the most basic spec and you get two USB sockets up front and two in the back, as well as wireless phone charging.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe electric Peugeot 208 is a smart, grown-up package that's fun to drive and has a useful range and rapid-charging capability
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe electric Peugeot 208's range of 217 miles will be more than enough for most, and 100kW rapid charging is the best in the small-car class
- 3Running costsThe electric Peugeot 208 is one of the most affordable electric cars to buy and run on sale today
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe electric Peugeot 208 is nippy enough and has deft handling that lives up to its sporty looks
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingA striking dashboard design and textural finish give the electric Peugeot 208 the edge for perceived interior quality and design appeal
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe electric Peugeot 208 has room enough for four average-sized adults, but there’s no cable storage or under-bonnet storage
- 7Reliability & safetyThe electric Peugeot 208 has good safety equipment, although others fare better in crash tests and there’s no space-saver spare wheel