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This is a fun electric car to drive with a precise steering, with a communicative suspension that offers sufficient comfort even with the high weight of the battery.

This is the most important Peugeot in years; it is the new Peugeot 208 in the electric version.

The e-208 will hit the market at the beginning of 2020, the base price will be 36 K Euros and there will be two trim levels; an Allure model as well as a GT version, which costs 39 K Euros.

The e-208 will have a 50 kWh battery and the range will be 340 kilometres, according to the WLTP-measuring method.

The e-208 will be able to charge at 11 kWh at AC level as well as 100 kWh at DC-level.

The nearest competitor is the Renault Zoe which has a 52 kWh battery and a range of 390 kilometres.

The nearly identical Opel Corsa-E has a range of 330 kilometres. The Renault Zoe has a base price of 35 K Euros and an interesting tax rate of 4 percent and it will be available later this year.

The Opel Corsa-E as well as the Peugeot e-208 will hit the market next year and they will be taxed at a rate of 8 percent. And that is something that the lease driver will notice in his wallet.

The Peugeot e-208 differs only in detail from the normal petrol versions of the 208 model. According to Peugeot that is done because research has shown that customers do not wish to drive in a car which is completely different from the other models.

They just want a nice car to look at and to drive in. And if Ihave to judge for myself; it surely is a nice car to look at.

It is a car which is nicely styled and it is quite attractive. If you look at the front with those lights which look like razor teeth....

The car I am driving today is the GT-version. It has 17-inch wheels with plastic bits in them, because that is better for overall dynamics.

Those wheels can be chosen too for the petrol version of the 208. But overall those wheels save some 3,4 kilograms in weight.

But that doesn't hide the fact that this electric version is 310 kilograms heavier than the same Peugeot 208 with a petrol engine, with a 130 hp engine.

This Peugeot e-208 has an engine with 136 hp and 260 Nm of torque.

The top speed is 165 km/h and the accceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 8,1 seconds.

There are three driving modes; you have full power or 100 kWh in the Sports mode; the normal mode gives you about 80 percent of full power, some 100 hp and then there is the Eco mode which results in 60 kWh of power or 130 Nm of torque.

The car is in Sports mode now, and when I push the throttle.....I can feel the car pulling at the steering wheel....

The response is quite instantanuous and the car stays relatively quiet. Which is a difference of course with the petrol version of the Peugeot 208.

The suspension has been tuned more stiffer because of the weight of the batteries and there has been special isolation material been added around the wheel arches. Because they will make extra noise which is more noticeable this being an electric car.

So extra isolation material has been added in the wheel arches to keep the car quiet enough for the passengers.

This Peugeot e-208 has the same interior as the other models in the 208 range. So you will get the feel that you are really sitting inside a cockpit with the dashboard and the doors surrounding you as the driver.

There is a nice navigation system with theme buttons placed right under it although it doesn't have the same speed, the graphics and counting abilities as the system you will find in a Volkswagen Polo. But it works quickly and pleasantly.

Behind the steering wheel you will find the i-cockpit with a three dimensional look and feel so the most important information is brought forward and its easy to look at.

Personally, the i-cockpit of modern day Peugeots simply doesn't work for me. The steering wheel is placed rather low and because I am 1,80 metres in length I cannot directly look at the display behind the steering wheel.

There is ample driving command if you look at the front but as with regard to the visibility through the rear window and sides, that is poor mainly because of the wide C-pillars.

So when you are turning corners, you really have to watch out for cyclists....

In this e-208 the rear space is the same as in the petrol version, meaning that it is not the roomiest car in its class....

I am 1,80 metres length and if I take a seat in the back, there is only just some space left and I can only put two fingers between the top of my head and the roof of the car. you do have a problem, though if you are 1,85 metres of length or even longer.....

There is a boot space of 265 litres; exactly the same as in the petrol version. It must be said that it is quite ingenious how Peugeot managed to give the e-208 version exactly the same interior and boot space as the petrol version.

But 265 litres of boot space means that it doesn't have the roomiest boot space in its class; cars like the Renault Clio, the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta have more boot space.

But then the boot space is of a square form so you can really maximize the use of its size. The rear seats can be folded down as well which is handy. With the seats folded down you have about 1.000 litres of boot space.

Especially in the sports mode; the Peugeot e-208 is an easy car to drive with enough power.

It doesn't have the brute unfolding of power that some electric cars do have. The power comes in gradually and is nicely built up.

It is awfully quiet and the suspension has been put a bit firmer because of the extra weight of those batteries.

But having said that it isn't a really firm car as with regard to the suspension. That gives quite enough feedback and driver comfort.

The first phase when pushing the brake pedal is a bit soft, but that is something that the engineers at Peugeot are still working on.

So when you push the brake pedal, at first it feels quite soft and after that it is really firm. But, once again, that is something that the engineers are working on.

I am driving this car in Denmark because at the moment the judges are testing cars for the Car of the Year awards. And I must say that on these winding roads, there is a lot of steering pleasure with the e-208.

The steering wheels has 2,8 turns from the far left to the far right. But it must be said; the steering is quite precise and direct.

But you do notice when you really push the car to its limits; that it starts to go gliding on its four wheels.

But you will reach the topspeed of this e-208 rather quickly and the rear side of the car sticks firmly to the road.

You notice that the car is really well balanced, due to the fact that the battery is placed between the two axes.

This GT- trim level comes with 17-inch wheels and Michelin tires. But the tires have a lot of grip and add to the precise steering feel.

And the suspension adds to the car really sticking to the road. It is really well balanced.

So the Peugeot e-208 is fun to drive, it has a precise steering and a responsive suspension.

The acceleration almost comes close to that of a GTI-car.

You do feel slightly the brakes changing from regenerative braking to mechanical braking, but that is something that the engineers are still working on.

The suspension has a nice set-up and we approach some corners here.

I steer into the corner and push the throttle....

But nothing out of the ordinary happens, the car as a whole is nicely balanced.

The suspension is both comfortable and responsive with enough feedback. All in all this is an electric car but you wouldn't notice the difference between this and a car with a petrol engine.

You might want to know about the range of this car. Well, according to the WLTP testing method it will bring you 340 kilometres far.

The computer system in this pre-production model unfortunately doesn't supply us with the right information, so we cannnot use that.

But in everyday use, with a normal driving behaviour, you would get as far as 280 to 320 kiometres.

So you have quite an usable range. The Peugeot e-208 will come onto the market in the beginning of 2020.

The base price of the Peugeot e-208 is 36.000 Euros. The GT trim version which I am driving today costs 39.000 Euros.

The GT version has the added bonus that you can charge 100 kWh in the DC mode.

For less than 40.000 Euros you have an attractive car, fun to drive and with a good driving range.

This is, to summarize, an attractive electric car for the normal guy. But that normal has to be seen in a context. Because 40.000 Euros is still a lot of money.

And you have to know that the base model of the Peugeot 208 range starts well below 20.000 Euros for the model with the 75 hp petrol engine.

But if you want a nice looking car, which is attractive in both a financial and environmental way then the Peugeot e-208 is simply the car you cannot pass.

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