Peugeot has been a little bit slow to get fully electric powertrains into some of its big-selling C-segment cars, beaten to the punch by the likes of Renault, Volkswagen and Cupra, as well as electric car stalwarts Hyundai, Kia and Nissan.
Because of that, we can now state with some confidence what is the going rate for a roughly Golf-sized, zero-emissions hatchback or estate. And, rather inconveniently, it seems to be a fair bit less than is being asked for the Peugeot e-308 and Peugeot e-308 SW.
Perhaps it’s the influence of so many emerging, bargain-basement Chinese cars; and, given that so many of us decide whether we can afford cars like this on the basis of a monthly finance payment in any case, perhaps the problem’s less of an actual problem than we might imagine it is. Peugeots hold their value rather well these days, after all.
Even so, in a market niche where you needn’t ultimately fork out more than £37k-odd for an equivalent Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric, Kia Niro EV, Volkswagen ID 3, Fiat 600e or Jeep Avenger, and at a time when we’re all hyper-aware of exactly what kind of value for money we’re getting, doesn’t forty large for the very cheapest take on the electric 308 seem a touch steep?
It’s no steeper, to be fair, than in the technically related Vauxhall Astra Electric. Still, if you tend to feel that way about EVs in general, this one certainly won’t help.