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PEUGEOT E-208 2024 REVIEW

The Peugeot E-208 has gained a longer electric driving range of 248 miles, but the main characteristic of this car remains: it’s lots of fun to drive.

  • Peugeot E-208 2024
  • Peugeot E-208 2024
  • Peugeot E-208 2024
  • Peugeot E-208 2024
  • Peugeot E-208 2024
  • Peugeot E-208 2024
  • Peugeot E-208 2024
  • Peugeot E-208 2024
  • Peugeot E-208 2024
  • Peugeot E-208 2024
  • Peugeot E-208 2024
  • Peugeot E-208 2024
Green Car Guide Rating: 9/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Peugeot E-208 GT Electric 51kWh 156
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 248 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate: 100 kW

Summary

  • Fun to drive
  • Characterful exterior styling
  • Creative dashboard design
  • Now with a longer electric driving range

BACKGROUND

The Peugeot E-208 has been around since 2020, and it has now been updated for 2024, with the main improvement being a longer electric driving range (248 miles compared to 217 miles). Is it still competitive against a lot more rivals than it had back in 2020?

Peugeot E-208 2024

Peugeot E-208 2024

DESIGN & ENGINEERING

The Peugeot E-208 shares the same platform with other products from the Stellantis Group, such as the Vauxhall Corsa. This means a 51kWh battery, a 156 PS electric motor, and front-wheel drive.

Externally, we think the E-208 looks great, and creative design has also been applied to the dashboard (more on this below). The E-208 is a supermini so there’s not a huge amount of legroom for rear seat occupants, and the boot is just 309 litres in size – or 1,118 litres with the rear seats down.

Peugeot E-208 2024

Peugeot E-208 2024

PEUGEOT E-208 DRIVING EXPERIENCE

A key differentiating factor that sets the Peugeot E-208 aside from rivals is the ‘i-Cockpit’ with its small steering wheel which you look over rather than through to view the instrument display (slightly confusingly, Peugeot calls this display a “head-up instrument panel”, although it doesn’t project onto the windscreen). And the instrument display is ‘3D’, which means that priority information appears closer to the driver. The display looks cool, and the small steering wheel makes the E-208 genuinely fun to drive.

Of course the E-208 is also small, with wheels at each corner thanks to minimal overhangs, and with a kerb weight of 1,455 kg, it’s relatively light for an EV, so all this helps with the car’s agility.

What’s interesting is that the E-208 is such fun without being particularly fast. Its 0-62 mph time of 8.2 seconds is bettered by many rivals, but this doesn’t seem to matter. The relatively modest performance is also likely to be a factor in why wheelspin from the front-wheel drive powertrain is kept reasonably well under control.

Ride quality on smooth roads is good, but the ride is less well cushioned on roads with poor quality surfaces, when the suspension can be crashy and noisy.

The E-208 features the normal Stellantis ‘e-Toggle’ gear selector, which gives you the option of moving the selector between R, N and D, or pressing small buttons for P or B, the latter giving you more brake regeneration. There are three drive modes, Eco, Normal and Sport.

The central touchscreen works in the same way as in other Stellantis products – you need to swipe the home screen to the side to find satnav, and swipe again to view additional car controls. If you select Apple CarPlay, the climate controls on the screen disappear – which is an issue that other car brands also seem to have overlooked.

The screen features just one option to adjust the car’s safety systems – the ability to switch off the lane keeping aid, which can be done reasonably easily.

Under the central screen are two rows of buttons, including some for climate controls, which face upwards rather than outwards – which aren’t positioned in the most user-friendly way.

Behind the steering wheel sits a stalk for cruise control, which can limit your speed if you knock it inadvertently.

If you’re in a rush to get in the car and drive away, be aware that it feels like it takes longer than it should for the start button to be activated and to be able to select a gear.

Peugeot E-208 2024

Peugeot E-208 2024

PEUGEOT E-208 ELECTRIC RANGE AND CHARGING

The Peugeot E-208 GT has an official WLTP combined electric driving range of 248 miles. After a week of mixed driving, the real-world range was averaging 210 miles.

The E-208 has a maximum DC rapid charging rate of 100 kW, which should enable a 10% to 80% charge in 30 minutes. Using a home 7kW AC wall box, a 0% to 100% charge should take 7 hours 30 minutes.

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Peugeot E-208 2024

Peugeot E-208 2024

PRICE AND MODEL RANGE

The Peugeot E-208 GT is priced from £36,250. Our test car had the options of Parking Pack – blind spot monitoring and HD front and rear cameras (£200), 11 kW tri-phase on-board charger (£360), Alcantara seats including heated front seats and driver seat multi-way electric adjustment,and multi-point massage function (£500), and connected 3D navigation (£400), taking the total price of our car to £37,710. It also came in the colour of Agueda Yellow – pretty much the opposite colour to the large numbers of grey press cars that seem to be in existence.

The Peugeot E-208 is available in three trim levels: Active, Allure and GT.

Peugeot E-208 2024

Peugeot E-208 2024

Conclusion

Although the Peugeot E-208 and the Vauxhall Corsa Electric share the same platform, they’re very different cars. Visually they’re distinct from each other, with Vauxhall going down the route of minimalistic styling, both inside and out, compared to Peugeot injecting more creativity and style. And then there’s the driving experience. The Corsa is perfectly fine to drive, but if you’re looking for fun, the E-208, with its go-kart-like steering, is the one to go for. The E-208 also now benefits from a longer driving range, but the challenge is that there are now more rivals out there compared to when it first went on sale in 2020 – and it’s not the cheapest supermini. The Peugeot e-208 is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 9 out of 10.

Car facts and figures PEUGEOT E-208 2024 REVIEW

  • Test electric driving range: 210 miles
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2024/5): 2%
  • Price:   £36,250
  • Insurance group:   31E
  • Power:   156 PS
  • Torque:   260 Nm
  • Max speed:   93 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   8.2 seconds
  • Weight:   1,455 kg
  • Towing weight: 0 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor