New Peugeot 208 and e-208 prices and specs revealed

The new Peugeot 208 has been revealed, bringing with it a new engine, a fresh design and the electric e-208

Simon Ostler
Aug 28, 2020

There's a fresh new look for the all-new Peugeot 208. Set to hit the roads in early 2020, this latest model from the French manufacturer comes rammed with technology and will introduce another electric car to the mainstream market in e-208 guise.

To go with this all-new 208, Peugeot have developed new engines and an entirely new chassis to leave no stone unturned in bringing its small hatchback right to the forefront of modern motoring.

Quick facts

  • Prices start at £16,250 for standard 208
  • e-208 prices from £25,050
  • Petrol, diesel or electric options
  • e-208 claims a range of 211 miles
  • Available to order now
  • Deliveries expected early 2020

It certainly seems like an exciting new start for the Peugeot 208, which has rarely had the popularity of perennial class leaders like the Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa, but will this all-new overhaul have enough to break into that top echelon of the supermini market? Read on for all the details on the new Peugeot 208 and e-208's pricing, design, technology and range.

New Peugeot 208 and e-208 trims and prices

The new Peugeot 208 will be available in a variety of trim levels and engine configurations. There are four trims in total: Active, Allure, GT Line and the electric-only GT. Prices for each of these start at £16,250, £18,850, £20,700 and £29,650 respectively.

There are two combustion engines and the single electric motor, which are all available across the range. A total of four petrol configurations are all based on the same 1.2-litre engine. Two manual options, tuned to either 75 or 100hp, are coupled with either a five-speed or six-speed gearbox respectively, while two automatic options will produce either 100 or 130hp and both come with the same eight-speed gearbox.

A single diesel offering comprises of a 1.5-litre engine with 100hp and the same 6-speed manual gearbox. Prices for diesel models begin at £18,050 in Active trim and rise to £20,350 and £22,200 for Allure and GT Line spec.

At the top of the line, the all-electric models will all house the same 50kWh battery with a 136hp electric motor. The cheapest option here is Active trim at £25,050 with prices rising to £26,250, £28,100 and £29,650 for subsequent trim levels.

New Peugeot 208 and e-208 design

Inside the new Peuegot 208, things are reminiscent of the kind of design we've come to expect from Peugeot, but there is also a definite sense of having taken the next step. The somewhat divisive small steering wheel philosophy remains - it's really not that bad, just different - while the inclusion of two screens give this 208 a much more upmarket appearance.

In terms of materials, there isn't much to write home about on base level Active models, but Allure variants will at least get faux-leather seats. It's only when you get to e-208 exclusive GT trim that things are bit more exciting - there's Alcantara upholstery and heated front seats here.

On the outside, the new 208 is certainly striking, with sabre-tooth style LEDs at the front giving it a distinct look. Again the Active models will be relatively plain with 16-inch alloy wheels, while Allure models gets some subtle touches to exterior trims and 17-inch alloy wheels.

GT Line models will benefit from bulkier gloss-finished wheel arches, twin exhaust pipes and a black roof. Electric-only GT trim is again the most enthralling, with a body-coloured front grille and 'e' motifs scattered around various panels. The Peugeot badge will also change colour depending on which angle you are looking at it from - we're sold.

New Peugeot 208 and e-208 technology

This new 208 is by far the most technologically advanced car Peugeot currently makes. The brand-new Peugeot i-Cockpit array includes a fully configurable head-up display and a seven-inch touchscreen (GT models will get a 10-inch display). This new system can provide any driving information you require in fancy 3D graphics. 

You also get LED headlights, air-conditioning with a pre-heating function, cruise control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities all as standard across the range. There's plenty here to keep you interested, and safe, as you will also get Lane Keeping Assist to keep you inside the while lines and Active Safety Brake to detect oncoming obstacles.

Allure models will add 3D effect rear LED lights, while GT Line trim includes rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. The electric-only GT models feature that larger 10-inch display, fully automated parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, Lane Positioning Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring technology. 

All this ought to catch the eye of prospective Fiesta and Corsa customers, but whether they have the pulling power to bring in sales on a large scale remains to be seen.

New Peugeot e-208 charging and range

This is the first proper electric car from Peugeot so it will be a huge challenge for them to compete with much more experienced pretenders like the Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe but the e-208, on the face of it at least, doesn't look to be faring to badly at all. 

Peugeot claims the 50kWh battery will hold enough charge for a 211-mile range with a full-charge. As with all range claims, a hefty pinch of salt is required, as real-world figures rarely reach such dizzying heights. 

The e-208 will come equipped with a Type 2 charging cable as standard, capable fof fully charging the battery in 7.5 hours from a 7kW charging point. The clever bit though is the capability of the MyPeugeot app, which will enable you to manage the charging process via your smartphone.

New Peugeot 208 review

We've not had the chance to drive one yet, however, all the initial signs look good. The technology inside is bang up to date, adaptability is high thanks to petrol, diesel, and electric power, and it looks the part too.

Comfort, driving characteristics, and practicality are yet to be seen.


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