Peugeot e-208: consumption, range and performance measured

She is the queen of electric cars in France. Recently technically retouched, the Peugeot e-208 promises more autonomy and versatility. We move on to the Supertest.

Before going under the Stellantis banner, the PSA group began its race for full electrification, despite hesitations from some of its leaders. This is how the Peugeot e-208 arrived on the market, inaugurating a new dedicated platform and an unprecedented 100% electric mechanism, shared with many other cars in the group. His mission, and no less important: to mow the grass under the wheels of the Renault Zoé, the most popular electric car in France.

And the commercial performances are there since the electric city car takes the very popular first place in the ranking in the first half with a total volume of 9,712 registrations. The Dacia Spring, the most affordable electric car, trails behind with 9,203 units. But what is really worth on the road? Answer with our Supertest.

Presentation of the Peugeot e-208

the technique

The Peugeot e-208 is based on the e-CMP platform developed by PSA and has a unique engine since its inception. It is powered by a 136 hp (100 kW) front electric motor for 260 Nm of torque. But note that this cavalry is only available with Sport mode, while it takes 110 hp with Normal mode (by default in each match and which we will use throughout this test), or 82 hp in Eco mode. This allows it to reach 0-100 km/h in 8.3 s and a top speed of 150 km/h in terms of homologated performance.

Under the floor is a battery with a gross capacity of 50 kWh, including 46 useful kWh. That’s enough to limit the versatility of the city car, which technically can’t afford a much more generous unit. Still, the efficiency would be there, as it now promises 362 km of range according to the WLTP standard. A revised upwards figure (+ 25 km) recently thanks to a revised reducer, better control of the ventilation thanks to a new humidity sensor in the windshield and some software tweaks.

On the charging side, the specifics remain with an on-board charger of 7.4 kW in series AC charging and a maximum power of 100 kW in DC charging. According to the manufacturer, it takes at least 7h30 for a full tank in a slow terminal and 30 minutes to recover 80% of autonomy in a fast terminal.

All our Peugeot e-208 consumption measurements

Mixed range: 301 km

Small and light (1,455 kg according to the data sheet), the Peugeot e-208 quickly shows its advantageous characteristics when it comes to increasing consumption. Especially in this test setup offered by the manufacturer, in an Allure finish, which, if it doesn’t have the sulphurous look of the GT Line, is based on 16-inch Elborn rims and Michelin e-Primacy tires. Also, note that the temperature during these tests was very favorable with 22°C on the thermometer and no wind.

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In the city, his favorite playground, the e-208 averaged 13.3 kWh/100 km. This is almost as good as the MG 5 on the same course, allowing it to achieve 346km of range in these conditions. On the road, we noticed a consumption of 14.4 kWh/100 km, while the appetite rose to 18.1 kWh/100 km on the expressway.

In the end, the Peugeot e-208 had an average consumption of 15.3 kWh/100 km. It is one of the lowest we have been able to record to date, which allows it to admit a mixed range according to our 301 km protocol. A pretty correct score, as it represents a drop of 16.95% from the WLTP average.

Mixed autonomy – 22°C ext.
Road Expressway City Total
Cons A/R average (kWh/100 km) 14.4 18.1 13.3 15.3
Theoretical total range (km) 319 354 346 301

Long distance on the highway: 221 km

If it shows excellent results on mixed routes and in daily rhythms, the Peugeot e-208 shows its weaknesses more quickly on long highway trips. It proves once again that the electric car struggles to leave its comfort zone and the field of use for which it was imagined: more than ever, a city car struggles on the highway. It is difficult to say that the observed average consumption of 20.8 kWh/100 km is high. In absolute terms, it remains interesting, although some of you might say it closely resembles that of a much larger and heavier Tesla Model Y Performance. But in relative terms, the autonomy is higher by about 36.2%, which corresponds to one of the biggest differences that we could observe.

With its small battery, this translates to an average range of 221 km in total on our benchmark route, or 155 km with a full payload of between 80 and 10%. In detail, we note a consumption of 19.1 kWh / 100 km bypassing Lyon and 22.1 kWh / 100 km maximum in a step exclusively absorbed at 130 km / h. It will then be necessary to be careful, especially since the e-208 only presents a non-linear estimate of the remaining range, and not a percentage gauge (unavailable with the classic instrumentation of this version).

Peugeot e-208 instant fuel consumption

Still in our full consumption study, we also took readings at nearly instantaneous fixed speeds. At 110 km/h, the e-208 had an appetite of 17.1 kWh/100 km, or 269 km of autonomy. At 130 km/h, consumption rises to 22.1 kWh/100, which is consistent with our measurements during our long journey. The total range difference between these two speeds is 61 km, which is not negligible in a vehicle with such a short range on the road.

Instant consumption – 22°C ext.
110 km/h 130 km/h
Average cons (kWh/100 km) 17.1 22.1
Theoretical total range (km) 269 208

The breakups: a record on the road

The Peugeot e-208 is capable of the worst and the best. Again, not that its consumption on the road is illusory in absolute terms, but it does feel much more comfortable at lower speeds, especially on a very favorable route. On our route, however, it broke a record by completing the exercise with 11.1 kWh/100 km. A record in our section, and by far: the MG 5 was in the lead so far with a reading of 12.6 kWh/100 km. This allows it, in theory, to aim for a range of 414 km at best. On the other hand, on a 50 km flat stretch of motorway that serves as a reference for this workshop, consumption rose to 21.7 kWh/100 km.

The consumption gap is significant, as it admits 48.85% more in the less favorable situation. Autonomy is then almost twice as high (95.5%), one of the biggest differences we were able to measure.

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Peugeot e-208 performance

The Peugeot e-208 is equipped at the front with a 136 (100 kW) engine. But this is only available with Sport mode, which barely improves performance with 0.3s better at 80-120 km/h at an equivalent charge rate. It’s okay, but not necessarily better than what’s done elsewhere. On the other hand, the advertised power is never fixed in the city car and decreases significantly as the available load decreases. From a kickdown time of 5.80 s at 80-120 km/h, it went up to 14.93 s at around 10% load, without ever showing any stability in its performance!

In addition, we were able to put the Peugeot e-208 on the watch with our new GPS measurement box. A new method that we will keep with all electric cars that will pass the Supertest from now on and much more. With 80% charge available, the city car could do 0-100 km/h in 8.38 s. and 400 m DA in 16.32 s.

However, the sensations are there with a satisfying response, although the caricatured liveliness of the accelerator pedal in Sport mode is less pleasant when the pace relaxes. To be used only rarely. Small steering wheel in hand at the helm of a well-honed chassis, the city car gives a smile with its dynamic behavior. So much so that we can even imagine the presence of tires from the upper range. in the dry. Because when the road is wet, your limits are quickly reached and you quickly lose the lead. If it offers a B-mode from which we can claim more deceleration power, we usually brake with the e-208. Too bad the pedal’s consistency isn’t the most convincing with hesitations between regenerative and mechanical braking causing the control stroke to fluctuate.

80% SoC 50% SoC 20% SoC 10% SoC
Times 80-120 km/h (in s) 5.80 7.50 9.80 14.90

Comfort and life on board

With more chassis than engine (even if it’s not worth it), the Peugeot e-208 stands out where it’s expected: in the city. The smooth ride is there and the damping is well calibrated, especially with those small wheels. Also, the steering and its steering angle work wonders. Driving pleasure is also found on roads and highways, where we appreciate its elaborate soundproofing, allowing it to be among the quietest in its category.

Once the good driving position has been found, but above all the correct adjustment of the steering wheel so as not to obscure the view towards the counters, comfort seems to be satisfactory. It is even considering long journeys on board, although its measured autonomy allows you to stretch your legs very often. But it is above all a city car and offers little space on board. When the two front passengers are comfortable, the ones in the back can suffocate. Also, with 311 l of volume, the trunk is very tight: with 102 cm between the rear wheel arches, an electric scooter cannot fit there!

sound level
at 50km/h at 80km/h at 110 km/h at 130 km/h
Onboard sound level (in dB) 66 70 72 75

Peugeot e-208 Supertest: the results

The Peugeot e-208 excels in the exercise for which it was designed: facing the daily life of the city. Lightweight, manageable and quiet, it offers decent average battery life for the week. Real qualities of an electric city car, combined with pleasant driving pleasure. But the praise ends there, as its versatility is quickly limited, whether in terms of livability or autonomy outside cities. Because if the consumption is always low, the small battery doesn’t allow you to venture out much without having a knot in your belly. This concern is further reinforced by a difficult-to-learn template and the absence of a trip planner on board. Points that we will collect in the second part of this Supertest dedicated to loading and long journeys.

The Peugeot e-208 in Allure test finish is €34,230 with sufficient equipment, albeit less attractive than the high-end GT, but much more expensive. The note is at the heart of the segment and ultimately not far from an equivalent Renault Zoé, less pleasant to drive but a little more livable.

What is the Supertest?

Lovers of numbers and allergic to official sheets, Supertest, Automobile-Propre’s new test format, is made for you, gathering data collected during a test under real conditions and according to a transparent and accurate protocol. We will add them on the Wednesday following the publication of the second part dedicated to the Peugeot e-208 to our summary article allowing to compare the annotated values ​​of the tested models, which will make the entire value of the section.

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