The Peugeot 208 first came onto the supermini scene in 2012, promising a more efficient performance than its predecessor, the 207. Its lighter construction and distinctive trims made it a favourite amongst younger drivers, and it formed part of Peugeot’s more adventurous design direction, adding sporty steering wheels, the touchscreen i-Cockpit and even a full-throttle hot hatch to the range.
Released in early 2020 but available for pre-order from Arnold Clark later this summer, the all-new 208 comes with a new electric version guaranteed to make city driving slicker. Peugeot plans to add electric variants to its full line-up by 2023, and the 208 is one of the first. Boasting striking claw-shaped LED lights, a funky colour range and intuitive tech, the future of driving never felt more fun.
Economy is guaranteed, thanks to the 208’s light modular platform, which is the same across all variants, and there’s a powertrain to suit everyone’s needs. Petrolheads can choose from the 1.2-litre PureTech, tuned for 75bhp (with a five-speed manual), 99bhp (six-speed manual) or 128bhp (eight-speed automatic). Or there’s a 99bhp 1.5-litre Blue HDi diesel and a 136bhp electric powertrain.
The e-208 has a 100kW electric motor and 50kWh battery, and with a range of around 211 miles, it’s no slouch as a commuter car or on longer journeys, either. Not only can it get you from 0-60mph in just 8.1 seconds, but it efficiently charges, too. You can top up to 80% using a fast public charger in around 30 minutes and a full overnight recharge from a wall box will take eight hours.
Peugeot is also launching a range of EV services alongside their electric offerings, including remote charging from the MyPeugeot app, and a range of home charging solutions such as wallboxes and heavy-duty sockets. The app offers advice about how to optimise your drive and organise your journeys ahead of time.
To add to its stylish city car credentials, there’s a host of tech inside the 208 and e-208 that’s guaranteed to impress, including the new Peugeot 3D i-Cockpit with 7- and 10-inch touchscreen. The 3D digital instrument panel projects driving info via the colour touchscreen like a hologram. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is available, too, thanks to Peugeot’s Mirror Screen functionality, and there’s connected 3D navigation.
The MyPeugeot app also takes comfort to the next level, giving you the ability to pre-programme your car’s heating, air conditioning. You can also use it to remotely defrost your windscreen. How cool is that?
From adaptive cruise control to lane assist, you can’t go wrong, even in the most challenging traffic. As well as keeping you on course, there’s a range of useful features in the 208 that help you navigate city driving, including automatic emergency brake assist – which can detect pedestrians and cyclists even at night, and warns you of any collision risk – driver alertness warnings and blind spot monitoring.
Choose the 8-speed automatic version and you can also enjoy full park assist, which means you can be hands-off as it takes care of steering, acceleration and braking for you.