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
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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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe electric Peugeot 208 is a smart, grown-up package that's fun to drive and has both 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 & performance - currently readingThe electric Peugeot 208 is nippy enough and has deft handling that lives up to its sporty looks
- 5Interior & comfortA 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