Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Identical interior to Peugeot 208
  • Read our full review for more
  • Few differences in GT trim, though

How is the quality and layout?

The e-208’s cabin is almost identical to the regular 208 – making it highly impressive for a supermini and one of our favourite small car cabins on sale.
It’s based around Peugeot’s i-Cockpit layout, which has been a feature of its cars for a while now but still remains somewhat divisive. i-Cockpit means the 208 gets a small steering wheel, with the dials set above it – so you look at them over the wheel rather than through it.

Some drivers report that they’re unable to find a comfortable driving position that also allows them to see the dials, and it’s true that you do need to somewhat re-calibrate yourself to have the wheel set lower than you might be used to. But we’ve found that after a week or so with the car, the majority of people get used to the driving position – so don’t panic right away if it feels strange on a test drive.

The centre console is striking, with all models getting a touchscreen infotainment system – 7.0-inches in size, or 10.0-inches on higher-end models. It sits above an attractive array of chromed piano-style keys, which act as shortcuts to key functions such as navigation or the climate control. The latter is controlled via the touchscreen though, which we find rather clunky to use on the move.

We’re also big fans of the 3D i-Cockpit dials (above), which uses a clever reflector to ‘layer’ information. You’ll find critical information such as speed and revs projected in the foreground, while secondary functions like fuel level or the trip computer are set further back. It looks super cool, though it’s not exactly necessary.

What’s most striking about the e-208’s interior, though, is the quality. Though there are a few rougher plastics lower down, but everything you touch feels great – all 208s have a padded dashboard with carbon fibre-effect material running across it.

Infotainment and tech

All cars get a 7.0-inch infotainment screen which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – crucial items which, in our view, remove the need for built-in navigation. However, if you’re not a smartphone user, GT and GT Premium models come with a larger, 10.0-inch touchscreen featuring Connected 3D navigation with TomTom traffic data.

The screen isn’t the most responsive, and some functions are buried a little further down than we’d like – screen brightness, for example. And some may take objection to the climate control being accessed through the touchscreen rather than a separate, physical control panel – it’s certainly harder to use on the move.

More annoyingly, there appear to be a fair few glitches in the system, and we’ve known our share of frozen interfaces or unresponsive controls.

Comfort

  • Firm ride on the top spec GT model
  • Lower spec cars may be more comfortable
  • Super quiet and refined cabin, though

The weight of the e-208’s battery means Peugeot’s had to fit fairly firm suspension. That’s not to say it’s uncomfortable – it rides bumps well and doesn’t crash over broken tarmac, it’s simply not as soft as something like a Volkswagen Polo.

You’ll also find the ride dependent on specification – top-spec GT and GT Premium cars have firmer suspension and larger alloy wheels than lower-spec cars.

Elsewhere though it goes without saying that the e-208 is even more refined than the standard car, which is already quite admirably quiet. There’s no engine noise at all and this means, in combination with the lack of wind and tyre roar, that the e-208 is very relaxing car to drive.