The Peugeot e-208 is the second electric car to be tested by this manufacturer after the e-2008 model. Peugeot came directly with the electric revolution last year and launched exactly five electrified innovations. In addition to the aforementioned pair of electric cars, there are three models of plug-in hybrids.
The fully electric e-208 is built on the Group’s new modular CMP platform, which is designed for all types of drives and is used in the e-CMP version for electric vehicles. The platform has been developed to make it easier to use and install the electric drive in a wide range of models, and in addition to both Peugeot models, you will also find it in the Opel Corsa e, Citroën e C3 Crossback or DS3 Crossback E-Tense models.
The battery located in the floor and under the rear seats has a total capacity of 50 kWh (usable 47.5 kWh). The front axle is driven by an electric motor with an output of 100 kW and a torque of 260 Nm. The built-in three-phase AC charger with an output of 11 kW deserves praise, DC charging via the European combined connector CCS supports the output up to 100 kW.
The Peugeot 208 is currently one of the manufacturer’s best-selling models, and I assume that the electric version of the e-208 will be no exception. Its design is not very different from the classic combustion variant, and you can recognize it mainly by the radiator grille, which is in the color of the body, the two-color logo with a changing color and the symbols e on the C-pillars. The front part is dominated by LED daytime running lights in the form of triple vertical strips, while the outer ones are extended into a kind of tusks up to the lower part of the bumper. It is a typical feature of the new generation of Peugeot vehicles and can be found on virtually all new models. This gives the vehicle an aggressive and very dynamic look. The headlights were fully entrusted in the tested equipment with LED technology with automatic switching of dipped and main beams. The rear group lights also have a three-strip motif.
The Peugeot e-208 is a small electric hatchback. You will confirm this even after sitting in the interior, which is expected to be more cramped due to the size of the vehicle. However, more than in the front seats, you will feel it in the back seats, which are more suitable for smaller figures or children. The adult will also be taken away, but it is impossible to talk about great comfort. The interior is characterized by quality workmanship and comfortable seats with good side guidance. The vehicle has relatively decent equipment, there is no lack of adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping and fully automatic light control. However, I would welcome adaptive headlights. The instrument panel is a completely digital 3D cockpit, which is a novelty of the manufacturer. The 3D effect is created by a pair of displays placed on top of each other and it looks very nice. The instrument panel has several setting options, including a navigation map. The display is very easy to read. The center of the dashboard is dominated by a 10 “high-resolution touch screen. Unfortunately, the display implementation is a bit unfortunate and about a third of its side area is used to permanently display the air conditioning temperature setting or is simply blank, with only some settings. The resulting display area is about 7 “display. Navigation, whether built-in or alternative from Android Auto, can’t be expanded to full screen. It is a pity and it remains to be hoped that the manufacturer will eventually offer a system update that will allow better use of the display. The graphics of the infotainment are rather average, but from the point of view of the electric drive they are very sparse for information. While driving, you will not find the percentage of the battery remaining anywhere, which is the most important figure for an electric car. The balance is only displayed in kilometers traveled, which is a very variable figure and does not say anything, it only applies if you maintain a constant speed and a constant heating setting. It is recalculated in real time according to previous consumption, so if you drive 80 km from the highway, the range may show you 10 km, but in the battery you have, for example, 30% of energy, which can be enough for 50-60 km in districts. Battery percentages are only displayed when charging, but again you will not find out what current power the vehicle is charging. Only the irrelevant charging data in km / h is displayed, which gives only very vague information. In addition, even on a DC charger, the vehicle always shows the time to full charge to 100%, which in practice you rarely do on a DC charger, the time to charge up to 80% is completely missing. So you will always learn only a time of 1 hour 30 minutes or 1 hour 50 minutes, which will not please anyone. Air conditioning / heating cannot be programmed when charging from a car. Fortunately, this feature is available through the mobile app.
The e-208 deserves more praise in terms of driving performance. The car is pleasant to drive and has a good response. In winding districts, it is better to turn off lane keeping, which is rather counterproductive. However, it works very well on quality roads or highways. Adaptive cruise control also works well. It will please relatively good consumption, which can be kept below 15.5 kWh / 100 km in the districts without the use of heating. In winter it will increase, but thanks to the heat pump it reaches about 21 – 22 kWh / 100 km. Thanks to these values, you can reach a range of 270 – 320 km, but in winter only expect 180 – 260 km. It depends a lot on the temperatures, but also on whether you can leave the car on the charger overnight and heat it up before driving. The system is tuned to smoother acceleration, which achieves an acceleration of “only” 8.1 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h, but thanks to this, the range is at an acceptable level. The e-208 is not only doomed to the role of a city car, but you can also go on longer trips with it. On a quick charger with 100 kW power, you can charge the battery up to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes. You will have to wait about 43 minutes for a 50-kilowatt. With a full power of 11 kW, the on-board charger can charge the battery from 10 to 100 percent in just over 5 hours.
“An economical electric car suitable for young couples, singles, but also as a second car for the family for everyday driving.”
• Consumption in the test (kWh / 100 km): 15.5-22
• Range in the test (km): 280
• AC charging power on 11 kW 3f charger (kW): 11
• AC charging power on 22 kW 3f charger (kW): 11
• Max. DC charging power, charger 50 kW (kW): 49
• Charging time 10-80% (min): 47
• Max. DC charging power UFC charger 350 kW (kW): 96
• Charging time 10-80% (min): 30
Battery capacity 50 kWh (usable 47.5 kWh), front axle driven, engine power 100 kW, 260 Nm, DC charging max. 100 kW, AC 11 kW 3f, CCS socket, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h 8.1 s, max. speed 150 km / h, range WLTP 340 km
+ Workmanship, design, driving characteristics, technological equipment, space in the front seats
– Problematic DC charging, less space at the back
Price from 33 900 EUR, test vehicle: 41 750 EUR
Source: Nextech by www.nextech.sk.
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