Peugeot e-208 review: boot space, seating & practicality
The electric Peugeot 208 has space for four adults, but the boot is small and there’s no dedicated cable storage
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The Peugeot is more spacious for rear passengers than the slightly smaller Renault ZOE, although the Vauxhall Corsa Electric gives it a run for its money and the MG4 EV is much roomier. There’s space for a chunky buggy or medium-sized dog in the boot, but there’s no dedicated cable storage area, which is a shame, as the cable bag takes up a lot of the available boot space if you want to keep the cables in the car.
Peugeot e-208 interior space, storage & comfort
The Peugeot is roomier than you might expect of a small hatchback. You'll get four average-sized adults in comfortably, even if those rear seats feel a little dark. You can legally seat three on the rear bench thanks to the three inertia-reel belts, but even kids will feel a bit hemmed-in, so best rely on that for short journeys only.
There are two sets of ISOFIX fittings in the 60:40 split-folding rear bench, too, so getting two chunky car seats in should be fine, although other zero-emissions hatchbacks like the MG4 or Nissan Leaf is better for ducking down and reaching in to faff with straps and the like; the e-208’s tapering windowline means you’re at high risk of smacking your head on the roofline, and the door aperture isn’t terribly wide, either.
The batteries are located under the floor of the e-208, so happily they don’t eat up any boot space. However you can’t get away from the fact that the 208 even in petrol-powered form is less roomy than many other superminis at 311 litres. A VW Polo has 351 litres and a Renault Clio 391, so the e-208 doesn’t get off to a great start. There’s a big drop to the boot floor of the e-208, over a high load lip, so it’s certainly not as practical as the MG ZS EV or MG4 EV's luggage area either. More disappointing is that there’s no dedicated cable storage space, so if you want to take the cables with you, you lose a lot of luggage capacity to a case full of cables.
Having said that, if you don’t want to take the cables with you, it’s a deep load area that’ll take a chunky buggy with relative ease and is likely to do everything a small family will expect of it. The rear seats fold and split 60:40, but they do leave a step-up in the extended boot floor.
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 decent rapid-charging capability
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe electric Peugeot 208's 100kW rapid charging speeds are great for the small-car class, plus an updated model is coming with nearly 250-mile range
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe electric Peugeot 208 isn’t as cheap as it once was, but it should still be significantly cheaper to run that its petrol or diesel-powered counterparts
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe electric Peugeot 208 is nippy enough and certainly lives up to its sporty looks
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentA striking dashboard design and textural finish give the electric Peugeot 208 the edge for perceived interior quality and design appeal
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe electric Peugeot 208 has space for four adults, but the boot is small and there’s no dedicated cable storage
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe electric Peugeot 208 has good safety equipment, although others fare better in crash tests and there’s no space-saver spare wheel