In fact, the only difference is that there is one extra model available if you go for the electric option – and that is the fastest 208 of all, called the GT.
That’s another sign of the electric change – some people still think that electric cars must be slow, but in reality the fastest accelerating cars in the world are now powered by electricity. Peugeot’s GT badge is something that gets car enthusiasts excited and for the first time, it’s been stuck on an electric car – and only an electric car.
It’s not without justification either. The e208 produces 135bhp, which is plenty in a car this size and gives it impressively sporty acceleration, especially in the 0-30mph sprint away from roundabouts or traffic lights in town.
What is unique about the e208 though is that this ‘sporty’ engine is the only electric motor available. So if you want the perfect q-car, you can choose to have the cheapest trim level with steel wheels and plastic covers, which will look a bit like the sort of thing you’d get as a hire car on holiday. But instead of having a tiny petrol engine, it will have an electric motor which is more powerful than either the petrol or diesel options.
You don’t need to drive everywhere like you are on a racetrack though. The e208 has selectable modes which temper the amount of power and the way the car feels. In ‘Sport’ you get the full 135bhp but you won’t be able to drive as far between charges. ‘Normal’ gives you 100bhp and is meant for everyday driving. If you want to make the most of the range there’s ‘Eco’ which cuts the power and extends the range to about 280 miles. It means you can tailor the car to be fun, economical or somewhere in-between.
Charging is easy too. At home you can use a normal 7kW point or upgrade to one of the new 11kW units. At a rapid charger, the e208 can zap in the watts at up to 100kW. That’s quick compared to rivals in this price range.
Talking of rivals, there is one car in particular you should consider if the e208 appeals. That’s the Vauxhall Corsa-e, as it is essentially the same car underneath - Vauxhall and Peugeot developed it together. Be sure to take a look at both cars (along with the best-selling Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf) to check you are getting the best deal.