Peugeot 208, 1.2-liter turbo petrol engine and e-208 100 kW electric on test

IT IS a double Peugeot review this week as I’ve driven the 208 petrol and the all-electric version.

You can’t fault the 208 in looks, it’s certainly one of the prettiest superminis, but it faces a lot of stiff competition in a very crowded segment.

PUG LOOK: The Peugeot 208 is easily one of the best looking superminis you can buy

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PUG LOOK: The Peugeot 208 is easily one of the best looking superminis you can buyPhoto credit: Newspress

Both test cars had the GT trim level, so you get snazzy 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and a gloss black roof, wheel arches and window surrounds.

But at first glance, you would have a hard time telling them apart.

Luckily Peugeot didn’t come up with an eco-friendly design for the electric vehicle, it’s a great looking car so you don’t have to change it.

The most dramatic exterior feature of the 208 are the prominent front lights.

Since Peugeot’s logo is a lion, the lights have a three-claw headlight with a distinctive tooth design and are full-LED effect with Smartbeam assist.

Inside there are sporty seats and Peugeot’s 3D i-Cockpit, which consists of a small steering wheel and a driver’s display placed above it for a sportier race car experience.

CLAW BLIMEY: The 208's LED headlights feature a three-claw front headlight with a distinctive

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CLAW BLIMEY: The 208’s LED headlights feature a three-claw front headlight with a distinctive “tooth” designPhoto credit: Newspress

But since I like to sit as low as possible, it means that part of the display is always covered with the steering wheel.

But I like the configurable 3D head-up display, and the large 10-inch touchscreen’s graphics are nice and modern, and you can personalize the interior with a choice of eight RGB LED colors.

Oddly, even though both cars were GT spec, the petrol didn’t have heated seats and the EV did.

And it also had fancy adaptive cruise control, which is a great feature but I’d always prefer heated seats to any other car gadget.

FAST: There's a configurable 3D head-up display for the driver and the large 10-inch infotainment touchscreen in the center

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FAST: There’s a configurable 3D head-up display for the driver and the large 10-inch infotainment touchscreen in the centerPhoto credit: Newspress

IMPORTANT FACTS:

Peugeot 208 GT petrol engine
Costs: From €30,085
Engine: 1.2 litre, 3 cyl petrol engine
Performance: 100 hp
Torque: 205Nm
0-100km/h: 10.8 sec
Top speed: 188km/h
Economy: 50.3mpg
real world: 40mpg
Emissions: 124 g/km CO2
Euro NCAP: 4 stars
Competitors: Opel Corsa, Renault Clio, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, SEAT Ibiza, VW Polo, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai i20, Nissan Micra, Honda Jazz

The petrol 208 is powered by a 100hp 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 100hp and 205Nm of torque.

So the petrol is good for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 10.8 seconds with a top speed of 188 km/h.

There’s a more powerful 130hp version that offers a little more lift and drive, as the 100hp version feels a little lethargic.

Especially since other manufacturers can squeeze almost 130 hp out of a 1.0 liter turbocharged petrol, I would expect a lot more from a 1.2 liter petrol.

It’s an economical engine though, the official combined fuel economy being 50.3mpg, but over the long run it will easily return 40mpg and up.

And it’s a lot of fun to drive. With a finely tuned chassis, it is really good on the road.

And for added fun, there’s a Sport drive mode to liven things up a bit, and the eight-speed automatic box holds gears a bit longer.

CHARGE TIMES: 0-100 percent takes 7 hours with a 7kW home charger or 40 minutes from 20-80 percent with a 50kW fast charger

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CHARGE TIMES: 0-100 percent takes 7 hours with a 7kW home charger or 40 minutes from 20-80 percent with a 50kW fast chargerPhoto credit: Newspress

IMPORTANT FACTS:

Peugeot e-208 GT
Costs: From €33,285
Engine: 100 kW electric motor
Battery: 50 kWh lithium ion
Performance: 136 hp
Torque: 260Nm
0-100km/h: 8.1 sec
Top speed: 150km/h
Area: 350km
real world: 308 km
Emissions: 0 g/km CO2
Euro NCAP: 4 stars
Competitors: Opel Corsa-e, Renault Zoe, Fiat 500 Electric, Nissan Leaf, Honda E

TAKE CHARGE ON: The e-208's 100 kW electric motors produce 136 hp and 260 Nm of torque

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TAKE CHARGE ON: The e-208’s 100 kW electric motors produce 136 hp and 260 Nm of torquePhoto credit: Newspress

The electric 208 is powered by a 100kW electric motor that provides power to the front wheels and takes energy from a 50kWh lithium-ion battery.

The engine produces 136 hp and 260 Nm of instant torque, so it’s much livelier than the petrol and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds, but the top speed is much lower at 150 km/h.

And the e-208 is a lot heavier thanks to that lithium-ion battery, tipping the scales at 1,455kg, which is a fair bit heavier than the petrol 208’s 1,090kg.

BOOT SIZE: The 208's boot size is 311 litres, which increases to 1,106 liters with the seats folded

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BOOT SIZE: The 208’s boot size is 311 litres, which increases to 1,106 liters with the seats foldedPhoto credit: Newspress

You’ll notice the e-208’s weight during hard cornering and stopping, but it hides its extra pounds very well.

My endurance test for an electric vehicle is whether I can make the 160km drive from my home in the north back to the dealership in Dublin.
And after a full charge at home I had a range of 308km and it didn’t bother with almost 50km remaining range.

It was a balmy 16 degrees, so the warmer ambient temperature really means your range will last a little longer.

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