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The Peugeot e-208

The Peugeot e-208

The new Peugeot e-208 interior

The new Peugeot e-208 interior

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The Peugeot e-208

Peugeot – e-208

They say big things come in small packages and that is certainly the case for the all-new Peugeot e-208.

I have to admit, from the moment I picked it up I immediately fell in love with its quirky looks and stunning styling.

The little Peugeot 208 has always played on my heart strings. The French company packs an awful lot into this small family car and it’s a big hit with Irish buyers.

It really is no wonder though, because the small car with the heart of the ‘Lion’ can put it up to the best of them on the market and the fully-electric e-208 takes this little beauty a step further.

On the outside, there is very little to set this model apart from its petrol or diesel siblings.

In fact, apart from a stylish new front grille and flashy ‘e’ badging on the rear pillar you would hardly even notice the difference between them.

However, as you will notice from the picture below that this little car is so stylish that you might even see the big man himself doing his bit for the environment this Christmas, by delivering the children’s toys in one.

On the inside, the e-208 is identical to the petrol and diesel 208 with a finish that looks and feels very upmarket. The battery pack is placed under the floor to give maximum cabin space and Peugeot’s i-cockpit system combines a small steering wheel with a customisable digital display.

High-spec versions also get a fancy 3D instrument cluster that does an excellent job of simplifying the e-208’s range and battery charge status.

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The new Peugeot e-208 interior

The new Peugeot e-208 interior

The new Peugeot e-208 interior

Speaking of the battery, Peugeot claim that the 50kWh pack will give you a range of 340km, however, in realistic terms you are really looking at closer to around 300km. Still though, that should be ample enough for most people to get you through the week for those shopping trips and school runs.

For me, if I ever do finally get back to the office, it should be enough to get me through a week’s commute on a full charge.

Plug the e-208 into a 100kW fast-charging station and she will charge to 80 per cent in 30 minutes.

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A full charge at a 7kW home wall-box takes close to eight hours.

However, a domestic three-pin plug can take up to 20 hours for a complete charge.

Peugeot also offers some useful tech to make life easier, including a smart-phone app that can be used to remotely activate the charging of the car, as well as programme the heating, air conditioning and windscreen defrosting.

On the road, the little Peugeot is actually quite fun to drive and handles superbly for a small car.

With its rally-like wheel, the steering feels light and responsive, while the 136bhp electric motor provides a responsive zip of acceleration.

Official figures claim that 0-100 km/h takes 8.1 seconds but the e-208 feels a lot more capable on the road.

The only downside to this little pocket rocket is that it comes with a hefty premium over the entry-level 1.2-litre Puretech 75bhp Active model which starts at €21,570.

It is actually a bit unfair to compare it to this model as it comes with so much more on offer. So I will take the entry-level GT Line as a comparison and prices for that model start at €26,980.

To upgrade to the electric version you are looking at €32,865, which includes SEAI grant and VRT Relief. But, believer me, it’s well worth the jump if you can afford it.


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