Clearly visible in its bright and cheerful colors, pleasant to drive, launched in the full development of electric mobility: the Peugeot e-208 has plenty to seduce. In any case, this is what the Nicod couple thinks, giving us their opinion after 7,000 kilometers with the versatile versatile.
What prompted us to collect Matthieu Nicod’s testimony so quickly after a very recent review of the use of the new electric car from the Lion? This is his comment following the interview with François Muller: “I also have an e-208 with over 7,000 km on the clock. However, I have a very different outlook on the car, different reasons for buying it, with more daily trips … And yes I too am surprised at the consumption between 16 and 18 kWh !!! Way above mine… ”.
We wanted to explore the subject with him.
Received just before confinement
“I ordered my yellow Peugeot e-208 Faro at the end of December 2019 and received it on March 2, a fortnight before confinement. I’ve been looking at electric cars for a while, ”explains Matthieu Nicod.
“My partner Kate and I didn’t want to replace our Renault Scenic, but to acquire a second car that was financially accessible over time. It came at a time when several manufacturers launched new models of electric cars, ”he continues.
“I had already tried the ZOE which works great too. But the Peugeot appealed to me more visually. This was not an essential criterion, but the 2 cars were offered to me at a very close price, around 32,000 euros “, he figures.
“Unlike François Muller, I don’t use the e-208 for long journeys. It mainly serves me to get to my office, 55 km from home, from the Bordeaux countryside where I live. That is 110 km in total per day. Even though I can travel more than 200 km a day with this car, mainly at weekends, I never stray more than 100 km from home, “reports Matthieu Nicod. “This is why our e-208 is exclusively recharged at home, on a 7 kW Wallbox. I plug it in every 3 days, ”he explains.
Why not use this car for vacation? “We have 2 small children. The 2 baby seats in the back seat and the stroller in the trunk take up a lot of space, ”Kate replies. “We will soon be moving to Geneva, Switzerland. It’s already a 10 hour drive, and that’s a lot for such young children. We would not like to add more time to recharge the batteries, ”says Matthieu.
An economical purchase in the long run
“The high purchase price can be scary. My goal in buying the e-208 was for it to end up being less expensive than my previous petrol car. I spent 300 euros on fuel per month for the latter, against 40-50 euros on electricity, including the additional cost of the subscription for more electrical power at home, “compares Matthieu Nicod.
“All inclusive, my diesel weighed between 500 and 600 euros per month on our budget. I reimburse 400 euros of credit for the e-208. I calculated that it will become profitable after 5.2 years, ”he estimates.
Between 10.5 and less than 15 kWh / 100 km of consumption
“I am pleasantly surprised by the sobriety of the e-208. To get to my job, I have 40% country roads and 60% motorways and ring roads. I do not exceed 15 kWh / 100 km of consumption ”, testifies our interlocutor.
“With an electric car, you quickly get into the game of wanting to consume less. Sometimes I go down to 10.5-11 kWh / 100 km, ”he says.
“This car allowed me to drive more smoothly, in a less nervous way. I really changed my riding style with her. With good anticipation, we hardly use the brake thanks to the Break driving mode. Perhaps there could be levels in the slowing power, ”he points out. “The brake is only used to stop the car completely”, adds his partner who also approves this device.
“I find that Peugeot has focused its e-208 too much on the general public. This undoubtedly so as not to disturb drivers who are not used to electric cars. As a result, few options to configure. This smooths out many of the qualities you would expect from an electric car “, feels Matthieu Nicod.
“Everything that revolves around the car, especially mobile applications, is very poor. I would have liked a more customizable i-Cockpit: impossible to have the details of the energy consumption. We have the impression that Peugeot has put something in order to put something. Like starting a new type of car, ”he analyzes.
“The vehicle is only supplied with a green-up socket for connection to a domestic socket. I find it a shame that by buying a car for more than 32,000 euros there is not at least a cable with type 2 connector to charge on the AC terminals and the Wallbox “, he adds.
The 2 young parents point to a behavior of the e-208 that they consider dangerous: “The lack of engine braking when the batteries are full. It surprises every time. We were not notified when the car was delivered ”.
“The range of the e-208, given for 340 km WLTP, suits us perfectly. It is even possible to exceed it, ”he emphasizes. Kate and Matthieu Nicod both appreciate “pleasant, quiet driving and excellent road holding due to the battery installed low enough in the vehicle”.
The wife adds: “I am a young driver, and I find the behavior of this car really reassuring. I also really like its Faro yellow color. When I see the 208 in gray or white, I find that its line is not highlighted enough “.
Break the clichés
“I am the first in my circle to switch to the electric car. I immediately gave my e-208 a try to my family and friends. Some were so excited to consider an electric vehicle the next time they buy, “says Matthieu Nicod.
“You break a lot of clichés around you when you buy an electric vehicle. We can attest to its good times, the real pleasure of driving it very different from that of driving a thermal model. Also that an electric car is profitable when you use it a lot “, concludes our interlocutor.
Automobile Propre and I would like to thank Kate and Matthieu Nicod for their spontaneity and availability.
One point that comes up regularly in our discussions with our readers is the lack of regeneration when the battery is fully charged. A phenomenon which results in an absence of engine braking and which always surprises very unpleasantly when one is used to using this system.
This is nothing new! This was already the case with the Peugeot and Renault equipped with NiCd battery, and produced in a ladle between 1995 and 2005. With time and technological progress, one could imagine that this scenario would disappear. Braking is still one of the main safety features in a car. Would the law accept that a diesel model brakes much less well after a full tank of diesel? No, of course!
We can always say that regeneration is not the main braking device. Except that it is the one that is potentially exploited first, and that manufacturers are pushing more and more for its use by even allowing it to immobilize the car.
There are 2 errors here. First of all, the lack of warning from dealers about the phenomenon, at least when the car is delivered. This behavior should even be explicitly and automatically indicated on the dashboard when the batteries are full. When going downhill, a second or two of reactivity can cause significant damage.
Another mistake: Not offering a system which, even without regeneration, produces the same sensation of slowing down when taking its foot off the accelerator. At a time when modern cars are loaded with a host of driving aids, and are designed to be more and more autonomous, that is not much to ask!