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

Electric motors, home charging 23.3 - 26.0 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 11.7 - 13.0 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
  • Efficient shape means low running costs
  • Able to charge in 7.5 hours at home
  • Less to service but may get through tyres quicker

Peugeot says it designed the e-208 to offer the same total cost of ownership to a petrol 208 – it costs more to finance in the first place but makes up for it with cheaper fuel and servicing.

While not producing any CO2 from its tailpipes the Peugeot e-208 benefits from advances in the petrol and diesel range made in the interest of reducing emissions – namely improved aerodynamics and weight reduction over the old car.

That should mean you get more miles per charge than larger, more performance-focused EVs, saving money and reducing the amount of time your car spends plugged into the grid.

When it comes to charging, a full refuel from a normal three pin domestic socket will take 24 hours, so this is probably worth avoiding as your main source of juice. A much better option is the 7kWh wallbox you should be able to have installed at home for free – this takes 7.5 hours for a full charge.

Peugeot says the e-208 is able to accept rapid 100kWh charging, giving you 80% in 30 minutes, but it's worth bearing in mind that such chargers are not widespread (yet) and you'll need to pay £300 at the point of purchase for the optional three-phase onboard charger. This is not available until 2020, either.

Like the conventional car though we wouldn't expect the e-208 to be all that expensive to run – but bear in mind the electric version is quite a bit heavier, so you might find yourself getting through tyres more quickly. Regenerative braking should mean you need fewer pad and disc changes, in theory.

·       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

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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