The electric Peugeot e-208 is now also available with a more powerful electric motor. At the same time, all versions of the Peugeot 208 received a facelift. Will he be able to extend his title of best-selling car of 2022?
The new large grille is a real eye-catcher. The new and beautiful Peugeot logo appears at the top of the grille. The grille itself is black with numerous horizontal stripes in the car's body color. Looks good, if you ask us. The three light stripes of the daytime running lights (Peugeot calls these claws) stand proud. This makes the Peugeot e-208 a bit of a hypercar, because the hybrid racing car Peugeot 9X8 also has them.
On the sporty GT version you see in the photo, the three-piece design of the daytime running lights is continued in the full LED headlights. The red light stripes in the rear lights were upright on the old 208, but have now subsided. Furthermore, all versions are equipped with high-gloss black exterior mirror caps. What is new is that a 10-inch central screen is now also standard; the basic versions of the Peugeot 208 previously had to make do with a 7-inch model.
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The biggest news about the updated Peugeot e-208 concerns the electric motor. It has 136 hp, but is now also available with 156 hp. The battery is larger, namely 51 kWh (net). Thanks to the new electric motor and the larger battery, consumption was lower and the range increased. With the new engine you can travel 409 kilometers on one battery charge (WLTP), according to Peugeot. The old engine reached 361 kilometers. A three-phase 11 kW on-board charger is standard. The charging capacity is up to 100 kW.
Peugeot reports an average consumption of 14.1 kWh/100 km. We obviously didn't achieve that, but we did achieve 15.1 kWh, which is also nice. We drove over a distance of 50 kilometers, partly on 30 km roads through villages and partly through hills where the speedometer regularly ticked 100 km/h. It should be noted that the weather conditions were ideal: sun, barely a breath of wind and not cold.
Don't imagine too much of the extra 20 hp. The instant torque of the electric motor made the e-208 lightning fast. The power of the new engine adds little to this. You hardly hear it, but that is not new either.
We think the interior of the Peugeot 208 is one of the most beautiful in the segment. It is not minimalist (rather busy), but that is precisely why you will be amazed. For example, pay attention to the holes in the corners of the instruments. No idea why they are there, but it looks nice. Just like the switches under the central ventilation grille and the yellow stitching on the steering wheel and doors of the GT version. It shines joy of living out. And if there is one thing we need in these times, it is that. Moreover, everything is neatly finished.
The Peugeot e-208 is a compact car in the B segment. Then you don't expect tons of space, but it is very cramped in the back seat. In terms of headroom, it is not too bad, but an adult quickly pokes their knees into the backrest of the front seat. The door opening is a bit on the small side, so you have to be a bit flexible if you want to be able to sit comfortably in the back.
Due to the electric drivetrain, the luggage space is 309 liters. That could be better, but is still more than the meager 267 liters of the technically identical electric one Opel Corsa. The versions of the Peugeot 208 with a petrol engine have a capacity of up to 352 liters. A Skoda Fabia has 380 liters, but it is not available with a plug.
The new 156 hp version must fetch at least 37,770 euros. That's a lot of money for a car in the B segment, even for an electric car. The new Citroën ë-C3 is available from 24,290 euros (but has a smaller range of 320 kilometers). And also Chinese competitors such as the Dolphin WORLDand the MG 4, which are much more spacious and richly equipped, are more competitively priced. The 136 hp version remains available. And it is available from 35,320 euros.
The electric car that the Peugeot e-208 would most like to see disappear is the Volvo EX30. That electric SUV is available from just under 37,000 euros and has no less than 272 hp. On the other hand, the range is a lot smaller at 344 kilometers. The Peugeot e-208 will have even more to worry about when Renault launches its long-awaited electric 5 in 2024. It will cost around 25,000 euros and will have a range of around 400 kilometers.
The chance that the Peugeot 208 will also become the best-selling car in 2024 is therefore small. It owes part of its popularity to the electric e-208 and it is feared that the competition will become too fierce.
Yes, the price is high. But the Peugeot has a beautiful and well-finished interior. I also think the car looks much better than any cheaper competitor from China, especially the GT version.
The fact that the Peugeot e-208 is a hatchback and not an SUV is an advantage for sporty drivers. The car grips the road better, is more stable and there is less movement in the body, which is less high than an SUV. I personally don't care that the e-208 is not the most spacious. I don't have a family and I buy a car mainly for myself.
This post was last modified on November 28, 2023 10:46 am
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