Peugeot e-208 boot space & seating
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-e gives it a run for its money and the MG ZS EV betters it for roominess in general. There’s space for a chunky buggy or mid-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-ish 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 something like the MG ZS EV 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.
Entry-level Active misses out on a front central armrest and storage area, making it fairly poor for places to hide your phone and wallet, and we’ll have until we've driven a right-hand-drive UK car to see whether the glovebox has been compromised by a chunky fuse box, as is often the case in right-hand-drive Peugeots and Citroens. Otherwise, the e-208 is comfortable and has doorbins and cubbies to keep your stuff out of sight.
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 standard guise is less roomy than many supermini rivals 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'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 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 costs & insuranceThe electric Peugeot 208 is one of the most affordable electric cars to buy and run on sale today
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe electric Peugeot 208 is nippy enough and has deft handling that lives up to its sporty looks
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortA 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