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

Peugeot e-208 Hatchback (19 on) - rated 0 out of 5
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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

At a glance

New price £28,550 - £33,150
Lease from new From £411 per month
Used price £20,695 - £27,930
Used monthly cost £560 - £755

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.

Electric-only model

From now on Peugeot wants you to be able to pick the car first and the method of propulsion second – so the e-208 is simply an electric version of its popular supermini, everything else remains the same.

It uses a 50kWh battery pack to power a 136hp motor, making the e-208 the most powerful and fastest accelerating car in the range. Driven more sensibly the maker promises a range of 211 miles when tested under the more realistic WLTP protocol, although it reckons most drivers will travel only 30 miles per day.

For those who regularly venture further afield the option to upgrade to 100kWh charging will come in 2020 – this will allow an 80% fill in 30 minutes. Otherwise it's a 7.5 hour job from a standard 7kWh wallbox.

Top flight trim level available

Peugeot e-208 interior

Introductory lease offer

From launch the Peugeot e-208 in Active trim will start at £289 per month for a 48-month contract, with a deposit of £5,450 and an optional final payment of £8,978.

** This deal is an indicative example of packages available as at 14 October 2019, but is subject to change without prior notice. Everyone's financial circumstances are different and the availability of credit is subject to status. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. Parkers cannot recommend a deal for you specifically.

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