Peugeot has made some important practical upgrades to the 2023 e-208, giving the big-selling small electric car a horsepower boost and an useful improvement in electric driving range.
The smallest EV in Peugeot’s lineup doesn’t look any different this time around, which is fine with us because the 208 is easily the best-looking supermini in the segment. But the spec sheet is significantly prettier this time thanks to the 2023 car borrowing hardware from its recently upgraded e-308 brother.
A new, punchier, electric motor is at the heart of the upgrade, lifting power from 134 hp (136 PS / 100 kW) to 154 hp (156 PS / 115 kW), although the 191 lb-ft (260 Nm) torque output is unchanged. Peugeot hasn’t yet revealed performance figures for the 2023 car, but given that the previous version could scramble to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.1 seconds, making it the fastest car in the lineup, we expect the new one to duck into the sevens.
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Joining the more powerful electric motor is a new, more efficient battery pack that grows fractionally from 50 to 51 kWh (48.1 kWh useable) and helps extend the e-208’s electric driving range to 248 miles (400 km). That represents a 24-mile (38 km) improvement on last year’s car, whose range had already been extended in late 2021 to 225 miles (362 km). When the e-208 first appeared in late 2019 it was only rated at 211 miles (340 km).
The 2023 carries over the other benefits introduced for 2022, including a heat pump paired with a humidity sensor on the windshield that helps preserve charge when using the climate control, low-rolling resistance tires and a revised transmission ratio. A 7.4 kW charger is standard, a three-phase 11 kW version is optional and the fairly rapid 100 kW charging capability enables the e-208’s battery to be filled from 20-80 percent in 25 minutes using a public charger.