Peugeot e-208 reliability & safety
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 assist|
|4 stars (2019)||91%||86%||71%|
The Peugeot e-208’s four-star official Euro NCAP crash-test rating looks low compared to others, but keep in mind it was tested under the latest and most stringent Euro NCAP rules, while many rivals were tested under an earlier iteration. Weak points included pedestrian safety.
Peugeot e-208 reliability & problems
It’s hard to comment on reliability given that the e-208 is brand new, from the batteries to the platform and motor. However, as a rule, electric cars are very reliable given that the motor has far fewer moving parts than a petrol or diesel engine.
Peugeot fared well in the 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, finishing eighth overall – in a long list of 30 manufacturers. What's more, the previous-generation 208, which is now approaching a decade old, finished a very respectable 44th in the rundown of the top 75 cars.
There’s a host of standard driver aids on the e-208, 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 Line or GT trim to get upgraded autonomous emergency braking that uses radar rather than a camera-based sensor, and which can respond to a cyclist or pedestrian as well as a vehicle. You also only get adaptive cruise control as standard on the GT trim – it’s optional on the GT Line.
It’s a shame that you can’t get a space-saver wheel (there isn’t room in the boot, as the batteries take up too much space). Finally, standard full LED lights on the top two trims promise great night vision.
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 costsThe electric Peugeot 208 is one of the most affordable electric cars to buy and run on sale today
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe electric Peugeot 208 is nippy enough and has deft handling that lives up to its sporty looks
- 5Interior & comfortA striking dashboard design and textural finish give the electric Peugeot 208 the edge for perceived interior quality and design appeal
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe electric Peugeot 208 has room enough for four average-sized adults, but there’s no cable storage or under-bonnet storage
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe electric Peugeot 208 has good safety equipment, although others fare better in crash tests and there’s no space-saver spare wheel