Peugeot e-208 review: reliability & safety rating
The electric Peugeot 208 has good safety equipment, although others fare better in crash tests and there’s no space-saver spare wheel
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assistance|
|4 stars (2019)||91%||86%||71%|
The Peugeot e-208’s four-star official Euro NCAP crash-test rating looks low compared to some rivals, such as the MG4 EV and Ora Funky Cat which both received five-star Euro NCAP scores in 2022. This doesn’t mean it’s unsafe, of course; Euro NCAP tests are incredibly stringent these days. It should be pretty reliable, too – something that’s theoretically the case for all EVs.
Peugeot e-208 reliability & problems
As a rule, electric cars are typically very reliable given that the motor has far fewer moving parts than a petrol or diesel engine. Peugeot fared well in the 2023 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, finishing ninth overall out of 32 brands. What's more, the 208 finished a respectable 51st in the rundown of the top 75 cars, although reliability was a topic of contention – something that shouldn’t be too much of a problem on electric versions.
The e-208 might not have excelled itself in Euro NCAP’s crash safety test, but it does come as standard with a host of standard driver aids, including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and traffic-sign recognition that beams the relevant speed limit onto your dials.
However, you do have to go for GT trim to get upgraded autonomous emergency braking that uses radar rather than a camera-based sensor, and can respond to a cyclist or pedestrian as well as a vehicle. What’s more, you have to get the optional Drive Assist Pack Plus if you want adaptive cruise control and it’s only offered on GT spec cars.
Adaptive cruise control was standard on the top-of-the-range GT Premium trim, but that’s currently unavailable to order. It’s a shame that you can’t get a space-saver wheel either as there isn’t room in the boot because the batteries take up too much space.
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 & practicalityThe electric Peugeot 208 has space for four adults, but the boot is small and there’s no dedicated cable storage
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingThe electric Peugeot 208 has good safety equipment, although others fare better in crash tests and there’s no space-saver spare wheel