which basic version offers more for less?

For both models, the free color is smart: purple with Zoé, yellow with 208!

Peugeot hands over a coin in the e-208 x Zoé clash! The Lion offers a new version of access to your electric city car, with a lower starting price than the Renault. Who now has the best basic version? And are these models worth the cost?

The 208 will be restyled in 2023. But Peugeot didn’t wait for the facelift to bring something new to its electric city car. This fall, it’s adding a new version of range access, called Like. With it, the entry ticket for the e-208 drops from €34,550 to €33,000 (prices exclude the €6,000 bonus, and of course with the battery).

It is thus below the balance of Zoé (no accent, this is normal), displayed from €33,700. Renault also slightly lowered prices for the Zoé after the arrival of the Mégane E-Tech. However, these increased again in 2022, due to the increase in the price of raw materials, which weigh mainly on the cost of the battery.

Plus, the Like finish allows Peugeot to hide it! For example, the old base version of Active was still €33,950 in April. It is now at €34,550. At launch in 2019 it was €32,100.

Next to the technical sheet

At a technical level, access models already have an advantage and a real interest: they offer the best autonomy. With its 52 kWh battery, the Zoé advertises 395 km, thanks in particular to the smaller wheels than the rest of the range, 15 inches. Renault has always done better than Peugeot… until now. Because the surprise with the e-208 Like is that it has a 52 kWh battery, against 50 kWh in the rest of the e-208s. With 2 more kWh and lighter equipment, the e-208 Like thus promises 400 km of autonomy, against 362 km of the Active.

Engine side, no change under the hood of the Lioness, with a block of 100 kW, or 136 hp. The Zoé balance receives an 80 kW block, or 108 hp, with the 100 kW block reserved for the top of the range. The Renault is less efficient, but its power remains sufficient.

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On the equipment side

Digital instrumentation adds prestige to basic Zoé.

Going down the range, the e-208 must necessarily lose equipment. But badly. Because, in addition to the standard equipment of the thermal Like version (such as automatic emergency braking, lane assistance, dashboard recognition, cruise control or folding seat), the electric version has automatic air conditioning, electric rear windows, heated mirrors. or even the 7-inch touch screen. In short, no pettiness. Even the look is quite elegant, as we have the gloss black wheel arches or the foam panel.

Zoé’s balance is also well endowed. It also has automatic emergency braking, a 7-inch touchscreen radio, cruise control, electric and heated mirrors and automatic headlight lighting as standard. The optics are also full LED, against halogen in the 208. If the air conditioning is manual, the Renault has a fancier 10-inch digital instrumentation. On the other hand, here, there is no assistance to keep in lane and recognize serial traffic signs.

On the charging side, the 208 has a 7.4 kW single-phase on-board charger as standard. You have to add €400 for an 11 kW three-phase on-board charger. And that’s regardless of the finish, basic or high-end. For direct current fast charging, the maximum power is 100 kW. It is much better than the Zoe, limited to 50 kW. On the other hand, on AC charging, the Renault has a 22 kW on-board charger as standard.

We found the i-Cockpit organization from the base, with a small steering wheel and height instrumentation.

So e-208 Like or Zoé balance?

The two mark each other on the bumper! With these versions, autonomy is almost equal. Zoe has the advantage of faster AC charging. But the price/equipment ratio now leans in favor of the 208 Like. This finish was initially created to meet the needs of a professional clientele, in particular administrations, but also corresponds to individuals.

But are these versions enough?

Honestly yes. These access versions are perfectly suited, Peugeot and Renault avoiding stinginess in terms of equipment. There’s therefore a regulator, air conditioning and radio in a 7-inch touchscreen as standard, typically the sort of element that makes it go fancy if they’re absent.

At Peugeot, the level above, the Active, for €34,550, or €1,550 more, mainly adds navigation. In the age of smartphones, you can do without built-in GPS. The €35,050 Active Pack will take more care of the style, with LED headlights and 16-inch rims. Here too, if you are looking above all for a versatile electric car at a good price, you can do without it.

On the Zoe side, if the balance is a good introduction, the mid-range evolution might make you hesitate. Because with an extra €1,200, or €34,900, we get 16-inch rims, navigation, lane-crossing alert or even reversing radars.

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