Peugeot E-208: performance, motor & drive
The Peugeot E-208 is decent to drive with a punchy powertrain and quick steering
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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.
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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Peugeot E-208 is a desirable electric supermini that drives well and offers a decent electric range, though cheaper rivals offer the same for less
- 2Range, battery & chargingA bigger battery means the Peugeot E-208 can now go further than before; cheaper rivals from China have even longer legs, though
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Peugeot E-208 is gradually becoming rather expensive for an electric supermini, though it should be pretty cheap to run
- 4Performance, motor & drive - currently readingThe Peugeot E-208 is decent to drive with a punchy powertrain and quick steering
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentThe Peugeot E-208’s interior is a classic example of form over function; make sure to try its peculiar driving position before you commit to buying one
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe electric Peugeot 208 has space for four adults, but the boot is small and there’s no dedicated cable storage
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Peugeot E-208 should be a painless car to own as it’s both pretty safe and reliable