Peugeot has been quick to develop an electric supermini, but has it cut any corners?

The electric powertrain revolution is now beginning to transform one of Europe’s biggest car market segments.

Battery power has been gaining traction in other market niches over the past decade, but increasingly tough legislation and the rapid reduction in technology costs mean that electric power is no longer purely the preserve of bigger, faster and more expensive machines.

The e-208 is currently the most powerful in the range, which explains why the flagship GT, with its stiffened suspension, wider tyres and sporty looks, is battery-powered only

One of the latest electrified superminis to join the fold is the Peugeot e-208, which aims to deliver zero-tailpipe-emissions running without compromising the style, practicality and driving dynamics of its combustion-engined Peugeot 208 cousin.

Closely related to the Vauxhall Corsa-e, the e-208 has been designed from the outset to be electrified and, as a result, packaging and space are unaffected. Factor in a powerful lithium ion battery and class-leading rapid-charge option and the e-208 promises the range and usability to convert those buyers who have thus far been EV sceptics.

The 208 line-up at a glance

The Peugeot 208 starts with Active trim and progresses upwards through four intermediate levels before culminating, for now, with the range-topping GT version (which is only offered on the e-208).

Mid-level Allure and GT Line trims are expected to dominate the sales mix. Both include a wireless smartphone charging pad and 3D instruments, but only on the latter do you get a reversing camera, black body trim and full LED headlights.

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