The Peugeot e-308 is the first all-electric 308, with Stellantis’ new larger 54 kWh battery, creative design for the exterior and interior, a small steering wheel and a 3D instrument display.
Peugeot, part of the Stellantis Group, has already brought us the all-electric e-208 and e-2008, but we’ve not had an all-electric 308 – until now. The new e-308 is the latest part of the plan to offer every vehicle in Peugeot’s line-up with an electric version by 2025. The e-308 hatchback is here now, and the e-308 SW estate will join it soon, becoming one of the few fully electric estates.
You can’t accuse Peugeot of boring design. The new e-308 looks interesting on the outside, especially in the Olivine Green colour (and note the large new Peugeot badge on the grille), and the same comment applies to the interior – which features lots of angular shapes, and Peugeot’s small steering wheel which you look over, rather than through, to the driver’s instrument display.
The e-308 is a small family hatchback (measuring 4,365mm in length), so don’t expect the cavernous space of a large SUV – rear legroom is a bit tight, and the boot is 361 litres in size (or 1,271 litres with the rear seats down). There’s a compartment under the boot floor but this is quite small and it’s a struggle to get the charging cable to fit in here.
The e-308 features a 54 kWh battery, which has increased in size compared to the previous 50 kWh Stellantis unit. The e-308 is front-wheel drive, with a 156 hp electric motor.
The small steering wheel of the Peugeot e-308 is notable from a visual perspective, but it also has an impact on the driving experience – it makes the car fun to drive; when you turn the wheel, the e-308 changes direction.
The e-308 is front-wheel drive, which works well with the responsive steering. Having the battery sitting in the floor ensures that the car’s centre of gravity is low, which also enhances the way in which the car goes round corners. However the e-308 isn’t as compact and therefore isn’t as agile as the e-208.
Although the e-308’s primary ride quality is decent, secondary ride quality isn’t quite as good; the impacts from potholes and speed bumps can be transmitted into the car. Some road noise can also be evident in the cabin.
The typical refinement of an EV powertrain is a feature of the Peugeot, along with instant torque, and the e-308 is electric, it carries a GT badge, and it looks sporty, so the expectation is that it will deliver a sporty driving experience, but the e-308 has an extremely leisurely 0-62 mph time of 9.8 seconds. In comparison, the MG4 XPOWER, admittedly more powerful, has a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 3.8 seconds. Even selecting Sport rather than Eco or Normal drive modes doesn’t provide the performance that you would expect from an electric ‘GT’.
The gear selector is the fairly standard Stellantis affair; you pull a switch in the centre console towards you to choose drive, and push it away for reverse. If you want ‘B’ (Brake mode), which increases the level of brake regeneration, or Park, then you don’t move the switch, you instead push the buttons next to the switch – and the buttons are quite small. The gear selector switch also isn’t lit, so it can be hard to see it if you’re changing gear in the dark.
The central 10-inch touchscreen has gained six helpful large shortcut buttons underneath it, for mirror screen, phone, nav, energy, media and home.
Below these buttons is a further set of smaller buttons for heating and ventilation – except that lumped in at the left of these climate controls is a ‘vehicle’ button. This is the button that you need to press if you want to switch off the lane departure warning system (a further two presses of other buttons on the screen are needed to complete this action).
If you press the fan button, you’ll bring up heating and ventilation options on the screen, including controls for the heated front seats and heated steering wheel. The central touchscreen displays controls for the cabin temperature at the left and right if the home screen is selected, but these controls disappear if other screens such as navigation are selected.
As part of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit, the e-308 features a 10-inch ‘3D’ digital instrument display in front of the driver, containing graphics which appear at different levels, with the priority information closer to the driver. This looks good, but it’s also effective, and this screen can also display a map.
The Peugeot e-308 features the latest generation of driving aids including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go function, long-range (75 metres) blind spot monitoring and Rear Traffic Alert, which warns of danger when reversing.
The e-308’s driving position would be improved by having the ability to change the angle of the seat base.
The Peugeot e-308 has an official WLTP combined electric driving range of 236 – 267 miles. After a week of mixed driving in winter the real-world range of our test car was averaging 200 miles.
The e-308 has a maximum rapid charging rate of 100 kW, which should allow the battery to be charged from 20% to 80% in around 30 minutes. It can also be charged at up to 11 kW AC to take advantage of a three-phase electric power supply. A 0% to 100% charge at a 7.4kW AC home wall box should take 7 hours 20 minutes.
The e-308 features a heat pump as standard to minimise any loss of range from heating the cabin in cold weather, and 18-inch aluminium wheels are specially designed to maximise aerodynamic efficiency.
The Peugeot e-308 Hatchback GT Electric 54 kWh is priced at £42,120. Our test car had the option of an opening glass roof with interior blind (£900), taking the total price to £43,020.
The Peugeot e-308 is available in Allure (available from £40,050) and GT trim levels, and there’s also the Peugeot e-308 SW estate – one of the few electric estates available.
Prices and specifications correct at time of review
The Peugeot e-308 benefits from some creative design input, both on the outside and inside. The i-Cockpit adds differentiation, with the small steering wheel resulting in a fun driving experience, and the 3D instrument display providing some visual interest. The new, slightly larger 54 kWh battery means that the electric driving range of 236 – 267 miles will be more practical for many people, and the e-308’s price is towards the more affordable end of the electric car spectrum. So the e-308 is a good all-rounder, but an electric car in GT trim suggests that it will be sporty, so we’re not sure why the e-308 has ended up with a very leisurely 0-62 mph acceleration time of 9.8 seconds. The Peugeot e-308 is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 8 out of 10.