Peugeot e-208 review: range, battery & charging
The 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
|Range||Battery size||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|225 miles||50kWh||7hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||30mins (10-80%, 100kW)|
The outgoing Peugeot e-208 has an official range of 225 miles – boosted from 217 by a series of mechanical tweaks in late 2021 – while the updated model with its bigger battery being introduced in 2023 can cover up to 248 miles on a charge, according to Peugeot. 100kW rapid-charging capability is also impressive for this class of EV, although it’s a shame there’s no cable storage and you have to pay extra for a three-pin cable.
Peugeot e-208 range
The outgoing e-208’s 225-mile official range falls short of the 245 miles offered by the Renault ZOE, but it trumps the Ora Funky Cat’s 193-mile range and should still be more than enough for most people looking to run a small electric car. Based on our time with the electric supermini a real-world range of around 200 miles is certainly achievable in summer, while closer to 150 miles would be more likely in the colder months.
Later this year the e-208 will receive another round of updates that include a new, slightly larger 51kWh battery and tweaks to reduce energy consumption that will boost the car’s range up to 248 miles (400km). On paper, that’s not only on par with the aforementioned ZOE, it’s the same range you’ll get from the larger e-308 electric hatchback and estate Peugeot is also launching later this year. However, we’ve yet to test the updated e-208 for ourselves to see how far it can really go on a single charge.
You’ll need around seven and a half hours to fully charge the e-208 from a 7.4kW home wallbox, which we’d certainly recommend you have installed if possible. You can also set timed charging using the touchscreen or a phone app, and plugging in is easy; the port is on the rear flank, where you’d expect the fuel filler to be.
Upgrading to the 11kW on-board charger doesn’t affect the speed of charging from a normal 7kW charging point, but it does mean the e-208 will charge up a little quicker if you have access to a suitably fast charger at work or home.
The e-208's maximum charging speed is 100kW, which means you can add 100 miles of range in around 20 minutes or a 10-80% top-up in just 30 minutes. If you think you might want to charge at a three-pin domestic plug occasionally, you’ll have to pay a little extra to get the necessary cable (which is a shame, as most electric cars get this as standard) and it'll take 24 hours for a full charge this way.
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 & charging - currently readingThe 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 & practicalityThe 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