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Peugeot E-208: performance, motor & drive

The Peugeot E-208 is decent to drive with a punchy powertrain and quick steering

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Performance, motor & drive rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£31,600 - £36,250
Fuel Type:
Electric
Model0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
50kWh8.1s93mphFront134bhp
51kWh8.2s93mphFront154mph

The Peugeot E-208 is a pretty enjoyable small car to drive, with the small steering wheel making it feel darty on a twisty road. Its front-mounted electric motor won’t set your pants on fire, but it’s more than sufficient for both town and motorway driving. We just wish the regenerative braking setup was a little stronger to allow full one-pedal driving.

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

If you ever find yourself at an illicit traffic light drag race, you’ll find the Peugeot E-208 offers plenty of zing whenever you floor the accelerator; 0-62mph takes around eight seconds which, while far from Tesla-toppling, is still punchy enough for most buyers.

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Peuegot offers the E-208 with two electric motors, producing 134bhp and 154bhp respectively. There’s very little tangible difference between the two, though; the only way to ‘unlock’ the extra 20bhp of the 51kWh model is by flipping the car into its ‘Sport’ setting. 

Handling

The electric Peugeot 208 is pretty enjoyable to drive; it’s no Abarth 500e, but the E-208’s small steering wheel nevertheless makes it feel darty when you turn into corners. The steering itself feels pretty artificial – especially the added weight when you flick the car from its ‘Eco’ or ‘Normal’ settings into ‘Sport’ mode – we found it easy to place the car on the road and had confidence to push the E-208 hard through fast bends.

The suspension is pretty firm but not by any means uncomfortable. A Citroen e-C4 – which, while larger than the Peugeot, shares its underpinnings – will ultimately be kinder to your back, however, both cars still lack a full one-pedal driving setting. The Peugeot’s B-mode does offer a decent amount of deceleration, but unlike in an MG4 or Nissan Leaf, you’ll likely still have to use the brake pedal.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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