Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Electric motors, home charging 12.5 - 13.9 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 7.0 - 7.8 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Electric motors 3.5 - 3.9 miles/kWh

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  • Efficient shape means low running costs
  • Able to charge in 7.5 hours at home
  • Less to service but may get through tyres quicker

How much is it going to cost to run?

As an electric car, the Peugeot e-208 has the potential to be incredibly cheap to run. The most cost-effective way to run it is to charge at home, using off-peak electricity. However, if you regularly make use of fast public charging, you’re likely to see running costs spiral. As a result, it’s quite difficult to say how much the Peugeot e-208 is likely to cost to run

Naturally, you’ll need a home charger in order to make the most of this – and that also means your home will require off-street parking in order to facilitate overnight charging. Peugeot’s partnered with Pod Point to provide discounted home charge points, and the government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme reduces the cost further.

Range and charging

The e-208 uses a 50kWh battery pack, which gives it an official WLTP range of 217 miles. In our experience with the car, this estimate falls down somewhat, and we’ve struggled to cover more than 150 miles on a full battery.

What’s worse is that Peugeot’s range indicator defaults to a ‘best-case’ scenario on startup, which doesn’t provide you with an accurate view of how far you can actually travel. In fact, it’s rather disconcerting watching the miles tumble far faster than you cover them.

Range indicators that heuristically learn your driving style over time and report the remaining range accordingly are far easier to live with, and it’s something we hope Peugeot might be able to apply in the future with a software update.
Charging is easy, and the e-208 is capable of slow-charging at 7kW from a standard wallbox or, with an optional upgrade, 11kW from a three-phase supply. These are rare in the UK and unless your home has the appropriate power lines, you probably won’t need to bother. It’ll take around eight hours for a full charge at 7kW.

As for public charging, the CCS charging connector can handle up to 100kW, which gives 100 miles of range in about 20 minutes.

Peugeot supplies the car with only a Type 2 charging cable – you’ll need to pay extra if you want a three-pin ‘granny charger’ for emergencies.  Using the car’s infotainment touchscreen or its companion app, you can set timed charging to take advantage of cheaper, off-peak tariffs.

·       Efficient shape means low running costs

·       Able to charge in 7.5 hours at home

·       Less to service but may get through tyres quicker

Reliability 

  • Less to go wrong but still quite new tech
  • Battery backed by Peugeot warranty
  • Solidly assembled, hard-wearing cabin

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Like all electric cars there’s theoretically much less to go wrong with a drivetrain that effectively has one moving part, but the usual caveat of this being relatively new technology (in the car world at least) means it’s a bit tricky to be definitive.
One thing we can quantify however is the reliability of the battery – Peugeot backs this with an eight year, 100,000 mile warranty.

Elsewhere as with the standard 208, if you’re concerned about the reliability of some of the more advanced interior tech, the Active trim with its analogue dials is the one for you.

That said, the e-208’s interior feels well put-together with harder wearing plastic trims in areas likely to get scuffed, so we don’t think you’ll need to worry.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0
Insurance group 26 - 28
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