On paper, the e-208 is an expensive-looking supermini, particularly in the swanky Allure Premium guise tested here, which stands at £27,565, even after the government’s £3000 plug-in car grant. It’s not expensive by the more specific standards of emergent EVs, though.

Of course, potentially much lower running costs will help to offset the higher purchase price and, for business users, there is currently zero benefit-in-kind taxation to pay. At a rate of around 16 pence per kWh, charging the e-208 using a domestic power source from flat should set you back around £8. Peugeot claims a full charge will deliver up to 217 miles of range, although we found between 170 and 190 miles is more realistic.

Given their significant energy savings, it’s surprising LED headlights are standard on only e-208 GT Line models and above. This tech features across the range of its rivals.

That said, that’s still a useful level of autonomy, plus the range is rarely affected by the use of ancillaries such as the air-con. It’s also worth noting that the e-208 is one of the few small EVs available with 100kW rapid charge potential, this £300 upgrade allowing an 80% charge in just half an hour from a compatible public charging point.

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