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Peugeot E-208: reliability & safety rating

The Peugeot E-208 should be a painless car to own as it’s both pretty safe and reliable

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£31,200 - £36,250
Fuel Type:
Electric
Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety 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. 

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What’s more, the E-208 in particular was rated the 10th-best EV to own – not bad considering how many new electric models there are now. Owners found the plug-in Peugeot to be pretty nippy and reliable to run, though they weren't particularly impressed by the level of space on offer.

Safety

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 if you want adaptive cruise control – and it’s only offered on GT spec cars, too.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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