Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • All-electric your only option
  • Powerful 136hp motor
  • Fastest accelerating 208

What power options are there?

The regular Peugeot 208 range has several engines to choose from, but with the e-208 there’s just one. It’s a combination of a 136hp electric motor and 50kWh battery pack, and this gives good performance – in fact, it’s the quickest and most powerful option in the range, pipping the 130hp petrol model’s 0-62mph time by half a second.

All motor options

Model Power and torque
0-62mph time
Top speed
All models 136hp, 260Nm 9.1secs 93mph

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The most pertinent figure is torque – electric cars have bags of it, and it’s all instantly available from a standstill. Depending on what mode you’re in, you get 260-300Nm of the stuff, which makes the e-208 feel very peppy indeed and great for nipping in and out of traffic in the city.

Slip it into Sport mode and the throttle response sharpens even more, making it feel rather like a hot hatchback at lower speeds. Conversely, ‘Eco’ mode restricts the e-208’s acceleration and even limits the heating and airconditioning in a bid to extract as much range as possible from the battery.

Peugeot also offers a choice of two regenerative braking modes. In standard mode, you get very little deceleration on lifting the throttle, but pull the drive selector back and you engage ‘B’ mode, which is much more akin to one-pedal driving. It still won’t take you to a complete standstill, like Nissan’s e-Pedal will, but it gets you close, reducing the need to rely on the conventional brakes.

It’s worth mentioning, though, that with a fully charged battery you get no regenerative braking at all until it’s been discharged by a few per cent.

Handling

  • Additional 340kg of battery weight
  • Retains the 208’s handling character
  • Planted feel with lots of grip

2019 Peugeot e-208 driving

As with all electric cars the biggest problem here is weight – the additional mass of the battery pack means the Peugeot e-208 weighs 1,483kg – that’s 325kg more than the heaviest conventionally powered 208, and a substantial 478kg chubbier than the lightest model.

It’s true that the additional weight is mostly situated beneath you and distributed evenly front to back, so it doesn’t make itself known in the form of unsettling body roll or by making one end of the car lose grip before the other, but it’s still there. This makes itself known mostly when changing direction multiple times, where the e-208 doesn’t feel anywhere near as agile as the lightest petrol variant. However, we’d argue it’s more fun than the diesel version and on the whole feels grippy and more planted thanks to the extra heft.

It retains the conventional car’s body roll and light steering, the latter often provoking the former but allowing for easy manoeuvrability in town. It can also feel a bit inconsistent, but the extra steering weight of Sport mode helps increase confidence levels.