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Electric hatch blurs the line between piston-power and high-voltage

Peugeot e-208 Hatchback (19 on)
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PROS

  • Indistinct styling
  • Familiar driving experience
  • Reassuring range
  • Identical practicality

CONS

  • Indistinct styling
  • No one-pedal mode
  • Roly-poly ride
  • Inconsistent steering

PROS

  • Indistinct styling
  • Familiar driving experience
  • Reassuring range
  • Identical practicality

CONS

  • Indistinct styling
  • No one-pedal mode
  • Roly-poly ride
  • Inconsistent steering

Despite the inherently stealthy nature of an electric car most, like the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Ioniq, are given distinctive, bespoke designs. That’s not Peugeot’s approach here.

This hatchback shares the same handsome design as the petrol and diesel versions and doesn’t even feature a distinctive name. It’s just an e-208.

Externally we think this car is channeling the 1980s 205, in its overall shape, as well as the rear pillar, and light bar across the boot. But there’s nothing rear-facing about the drivetrain.

High-quality interior

First though let’s have a look inside, and the one-208 theme continues here, with the same curved transmission selector for reverse, neutral or e-drive, which can also be used to alter the regenerative braking feel.

The steering wheel’s tiny but can still obscure the fancy 3D instrument binnacle with its varied depth information display.

Peugeot e-208 interior

Overall it’s a high-quality environment, with a gloss black centre console, wireless charging pad, and a carbon-effect layer that winds its way across the dashboard.

Pure electric performance

A water-cooled 50kWh battery pack mounted below the floor means identical cabin and boot space to the combustion car and powers a 136hp electric motor.

Like most electric cars the e-208 accelerates briskly in response to a press of the throttle, but it’s slower than (a considerably more expensive) Tesla or Jaguar I-Pace.

In Sport mode, the e-208 speeds from 0-62mph in 8.1secs – half a second quicker than the most powerful 130bhp petrol version, but tops out at 93mph.

Comfortable ride and lots of grip

We’ve driven an early prototype on a smooth circuit and found that tyre noise was well-surpressed and the suspension set up pillowy-soft.

That’s countered by quite a bit of body roll, easily provoked by the light and slightly inconsistent steering. There’s plenty of grip though.

Lift off the accelerator, and the Peugeot slows down gently, with a sensation closer to a combustion car than rival EVs. You can make it more assertive but it’s still not as abrupt as, say, the one-pedal driving mode in the Nissan Leaf.

This braking regeneration is vital when it comes to maximizing range, a claimed 211 miles on the latest WLTP test cycle. Recharging on a single-phase AC wallbox takes 7.5 hours, but find a 100kw DC rapid charger and you can get moving again in 30 minutes.  The battery pack comes with an 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty, too.

Parkers will be among the first to drive this new electric Peugeot e-208 when it’s launched in autumn 2019.

Peugeot e-208 red rear driving