Peugeot’s electrifying new 208

24 August 2019

PEUGEOT has opened the order book for its new 208 and e-208 models, in petrol or electric guise, with an alternative diesel due in September.

First deliveries of the newcomers will be early next year, with prices starting at £16,250 for the petrol model and from £25,050 for the e-208, rising to just under £30,000.

Prices for the e-208 include the Government Plug-in Car Grant, worth £3,500 at the current level.

However, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles says it reserves the right to alter or withdraw the Plug In Car Grant at any time.

Completely new, the 208 is available in Active, Allure, and GT Line trim and equipment levels, while the e-208 comes in Active, Allure, GT Line and range-topping GT specification.

On Personal Finance Lease, the e-208 in Active trim will start at £289 per month for a 48 month contract, with an initial payment of £5450 and an optional final payment of £8978.

The 208 in Active trim comes with a £700 initial rental and £229 monthly payments as part of a 48 month contract, with a final £6138 optional final rental.

Benefit-in-Kind rates stand at nil for the e-208 across all trim levels from April 2020, while the 208 sees BIK rates start from 22%.

The all-electric version of the new small SUV has a claimed driving range of almost 200 miles.

Adopting the appearance of a scaled down version of the Peugeot 3008, the new 2008 is actually just 15 centimetres shorter.

In the case of the electric model there will be a 100kW electric motor and a 50kWh battery, generating the equivalent of 135bhp of power.

Peugeot says that recharging up to 80 per cent takes just half an hour using rapid charging equipment, although a conventional household supply could take up to eight hours.

This sort of rapid or overnight charge will generate enough electrical power to endow the vehicle with an official range of up to 193 miles, although this will depend on driving styles and electrical equipment usage.

The cars will come with a so-called MyPeugeot app, so owners will be able to pre-set the charging times, heating and air conditioning, as well as check the prevailing charge level remotely.

The vehicle will feature two forms of energy recovery. Selecting Drive “D” recovery from the drive selector will feel similar to driving a standard diesel or petrol model, while Brake “B” provides more regenerative braking when lifting off the accelerator.

A series of styling cues set the electric model apart from its petrol and diesel counterparts, including a sparkling dichroic Lion emblem, with reflections alternating between green and blue depending on the viewing angle.

There is also an “e” monogram on the front side panel and tailgate,

a body-coloured chequered front grille and Alcantara seat upholstery on the GT version.

The battery is positioned under the floor of the vehicle, so there is no compromise to boot or interior space, and Peugeot is to introduce equipment and services to overcome potential problems associated with the driving range of electric vehicles.

These include a heavy-duty socket, wall box and smart wall box.

There will also be a charge pass giving access to public charging points across Europe whereby drivers are able to pre-select terminals according to distance, speed and the price of recharging.

There will also be a Trip Planner that proposes the best routes taking into account the location of charging stations in order to avoid becoming stranded.

To further reduce the risk, there will be a Mobility Pass that gives

``extended mobility by means of a pass for a rental internal combustion engine when needed!’’

However, on the basis that prevention is better than cure, there will be an E-coaching tool that allows drivers to receive advice on how to optimise their driving and thereby extend the range of the vehicle.

There will also be special service contracts and road-side assistance packages`` to ensure peace of mind at all times.’’

In order to help maintain the vehicle’s second-hand value there will be a battery capacity certificate that guarantees the vehicle’s battery charge.

In addition to the e-2008 version there will be three petrol and one diesel engine.

These are based on Peugeot’s three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine and the four-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel.

The new Peugeot will be up against the likes of the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric.