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Peugeot e-208 review

£31,145 - £36,195
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Published: 05 Dec 2023
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What should I be paying?

The e-208 range covers the same three-trim expanse as the petrol car, running from Active through to GT. The electric powertrain means an uplift of around £6,700 on the equivalent internal combustion version, the 1.2-litre Puretech 136 mild hybrid auto. But compared with a 100bhp manual, the jump to electric is £10k.

Then it's another £1,200 for the longer-range version of the e-208.

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The entry-level, 136bhp e-208 costs £31,200 and the GT 156bhp £36,250, so it’s not a massive spread. If you’re looking at monthly leasing, then somewhere between £400 and £500 covers the e-208 range.

What about range and charge cost?

Obviously the claimed 225/248-mile ranges are for the birds, but careful driving in the summer could see you getting 180/200 miles out of a full tank of electricity. Winter driving would see that drop down to around 150/180 miles as the cold weather saps energy.

The e-208 will charge at up to 100kW, which is a fine enough speed for these smallish batteries. Those faster posts can be expensive, though. There’s a 7kW onboard charger for slower plugs.

The best solution is to get a home charger and night-rate deal. Do that and you can get around 80 miles of commuting range (28kWh) in a four-hour overnight window for under 40p. Or do it for nothing by day if you have solar. You could easily pay £20 for the same amount of energy on a rapid public post. Which is more expensive than petrol for the same distance. These are late 2023 prices by the way.

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The e-208 can be fitted with an 11kW three-phase on-board charger for £360, but it’s not worth going for unless you have three-phase capability at home, which you probably don’t.

What trim should I go for?

You get smartphone integration as standard on all models, as well as auto aircon, rear parking sensors and LED front and rear lights. Allure trim steps up to a 10-inch touch screen and configurable driver's display, and adds front park sensors and an electric parking brake.

GT trim adds more sophisticated LED headlamps, a rear park camera, sports front seats, 3D driver's display, 17in wheels, an improved front collision warning system and smart contrast stitching in the cabin.

Drive assist is a relatively low-cost option at £500 (£300 on GT), connected navigation £400, a glass roof £500. You can't fit a towbar.

We'd stick with Allure trim. It doesn't have the ride-harming 17in wheels, but it does have a decent spec otherwise. We quite like that the free colour on the e-208 is a bright yellow – a great antidote to all the dull monochrome efforts you see on the road these days.

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