Peugeot is quick to create an electric supermini. But has it made any compromises?
One of Europe’s largest car markets is being transformed by the electric powertrain revolution.
Over the past decade, battery power has gained traction in other market segments. However, tougher legislation and rapid decline in technology costs have made it clear that electric power is not just for those with faster, more expensive machines.
One of the latest electrified superminis to join the fold is the Peugeot e-208, which aims to deliver zero-tailpipe-emissions running without compromising the style, practicality and driving dynamics of its combustion-engined cousin.
The e-208 is closely related to the Vauxhall corsa-e. It was designed from the beginning to be electrified. As such, space and packaging are not affected. The e-208 boasts a powerful lithium ion battery with a class-leading rapid charge option, and promises the range and useability that will convert even those who are sceptical about EVs.
A glance at the 208 lineup
The Peugeot 208’s Active trim starts and moves up through four intermediate levels, before finally reaching the top with the GT version, which is only available on the e-208.
The GT Line and mid-level Allure trims will dominate the sales mix. Both offer a wireless charging pad for smartphones and 3D instruments. However, only the latter model offers a reversing camera and black body trim, as well as full LED headlights.