2019 Peugeot 208 and e-208: What you need to know

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Author: | Updated: 26 Apr 2019 09:02

Following its reveal at the Geneva Motor Show, the Peugeot has announced its new 208 range will be available to order from early summer, with UK deliveries commencing in 2020.

As well as a number of petrol and diesel-powered variants, this sharp-looking new second-gen model will be offered with an all-electric drivetrain – the e-208.

Peugeot e-208

It will share its basic platform with the upcoming DS 3 Crossback and Vauxhall Corsa – both of which will also be offered in electric guise. It’s set to come with a 134bhp electric motor and a 50kW battery, allowing a range of up to 211 miles.

From a dedicated charging point which takes approximately 8 hours for a full charge. 80% of the vehicle charge can be obtained in 30 minutes from a 100kW fast-charging station.

Peugeot e-208 rear

But aside from this electrifying news, what else is new?

On the outside, the 208 makes a complete breakaway from its predecessor, and features a much more aggressive look. The rakish front end and rear lights are clearly borrowed from the 508.

Peugeot 208 front

The interior is also a massive leap ahead compared to the outgoing model. There’s a new i-Cockpit set-up that dominates the dashboard, with an all-new 3D i-Cockpit digital driver display offered as an option. This is capable of creating the appearance of 3D objects such as buildings on the satnav.

The system is Android Auto- and Apple CarPlay-friendly, and all cars come with a 7in touchscreen, although 10in units feature on the higher trims. As well as the aforementioned electric option, the 208 will be available with petrol and diesel engines from launch, too.

Peugeot 208 interior

The smart chrome ‘piano’ toggle switches we’ve seen on larger Peugeots feature too, and the quality and trim should be much improved as well. A smartphone app can also be used to pre-programme the car’s heating, air conditioning and windscreen defrosting (on the electric e-208 only).

A large number of safety features are also on offer, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Speed Limit Recognition, Lane Positioning Assist, Full Park Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Peugeot’s ‘Smartbeam’ automatic headlight dipping.

Peugeot 208 rear

A 1.2-litre turbo-petrol is likely to be offered in a range of power outputs, while a 1.5-litre diesel will be offered as well – despite the fact it’ll likely be an unpopular choice in the UK. All cars come with a six-speed gearbox as standard, although an eight-speed auto will be available.

We’ll bring you prices, exact specs and lease rates as details are released. In the meantime you can check out our video reviews of the Peugeot 508 and 5008 on our YouTube channel.

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