2019 Peugeot 208 unveiled with 340 km electric model

2019 Peugeot 208 unveiled with 340 km electric model

It’s going to be a busy year for the B-segment hatchback market, with several new models set to be revealed in 2019. The first of these is the Peugeot 208, which has been redesigned from the ground up to compete with the latest Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta.

Don’t be fooled by the reused moniker, a first for a Peugeot supermini – this is a proper roof-to-tyres makeover. It rides on the PSA Group’s new Common Modular Platform (CMP) architecture, and for the first time it will be designed with complete electrification in mind. But more on that later.

First, let’s talk looks, and what a striking design this is, borrowing many of its design cues from the new 508 sedan. As with the larger model, the headlights get dramatic light guides that reach down the full height of the bumper, and certain variants even get full-LED “three-claw” lamps. The large six-point grille has been made sharper, framed by a U-shaped air intake and topped by the 208 badge.

2019 Peugeot 208 unveiled with 340 km electric model

The windscreen, meanwhile, has been pushed back to give the 208 a longer nose, and the distinctive scalloped sides and vertical quarter light windows provide a bit of visual interest. You’ll also get gloss black wheel arches on GT Line and GT versions, which come with 17-inch alloy wheels with screw-in aero shrouds.

Moving to the rear of the car, there’s a full-width gloss black panel much like the 508, 3008 and 5008, carrying the tail lights which, again, have a “three-claw” design. The number plate recess has been moved into the bumper, where you’ll also find the optional gloss black diffuser with twin tailpipes.

The colour palette now includes metallic Faro yellow, triple-coat Vertigo blue and an Elixir red with a coloured clear coat, but unfortunately the previous-generation‘s handsome three-door model is no more – it’s five-door only from here on out.

2019 Peugeot 208 unveiled with 340 km electric model

The original 208 debuted Peugeot’s i-Cockpit interior concept, and this latest model takes it to a whole new level. You still get a high-mounted instrument cluster above a small steering wheel, but you can now get a holographic three-dimensional digital display as an option.

What’s more, the centre touchscreen is larger, available in five-, seven- and ten-inch versions, depending on the variant. Buyers can specify TomTom navigation, a Mirror Screen function that supports MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and up to four USB sockets – including one Type C outlet.

Peugeot has also introduced numerous extra storage spaces, including one in the centre console where you can either charge your phone wirelessly or prop it upright using the underside of the lid. A soft-touch dashboard is fitted on the second-tier Active model and above.

2019 Peugeot 208 unveiled with 340 km electric model

Safety-wise, the 208 comes with all the latest technologies, including autonomous emergency braking (with day and night pedestrian and cyclist detection), active cruise control (with stop-and-go on automatic models), lane positioning assistance, active lane/verge keeping assist, full park assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and auto high beam. There’s also an electronic parking brake to replace the manual handbrake.

Peugeot says that with the CMP architecture, the company has managed to limit the 208’s carbon dioxide emissions, thanks to a weight saving of up to 30 kg, improved aerodynamics, reduced rolling resistance and optimised powertrains. It also claims reduced noise and vibration levels with this car.

The engine lineup has been trimmed, with just one petrol engine available – it’s the 1.2 litre PureTech three-cylinder mill that is offered in 75 hp, 100 hp and 130 hp variants, all with automatic engine start/stop and paired to either a five-speed manual gearbox (75 hp), a six-speed manual (100 hp) or a new eight-speed auto (100 hp, 130 hp). Certain markets (read: probably ours) will get a six-speed auto instead.

2019 Peugeot 208 unveiled with 340 km electric model

Diesel buyers can punt for the 100 hp 1.5 litre BlueHDi four-pot, but the real big news is the availability of a new all-electric version called the e-208. This one produces 136 hp and 260 Nm of torque from its single electric motor, gets from zero to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and, most impressively, will deliver a range of up to 340 km on the newer, more stringent WLTP cycle.

Better yet, the 50 kWh battery, which takes up 220 litres of volume, slots under the floor pan with no compromise in interior and boot space. Charging takes 16 hours through a domestic socket, or five hours and 15 minutes through a 11 kW three-phase wall box (eight hours for 11 kW single-phase). Alternatively, drivers can also take advantage of 100 kW public chargers that will provide 80% of charge in 30 minutes.

The e-208 is differentiated from its fossil-fuelled siblings via a body-coloured grille, dichroic blue lion badging, 17-inch alloys with unique inserts and Alcantara/Greval grey upholstery with a 3D mesh knit.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • That looks tho! Wow but it is too futuristic

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    • b0ssKU on Feb 25, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      Im totally convince the new electric motor has higher reliability than any Pug Turbos mill

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  • Haidi on Feb 25, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    That “sweat” face. LOL!

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  • Optimus on Feb 25, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Nice but still can’t make the KL-sentosa trip without stopping for a long recharge. Moot point this car.

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    • kebal on Feb 27, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      this car is more suited for city driving, most EV owners use 80% of their driving in the city, which they can easily recharge at their homes/office

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  • hanssen on Feb 25, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    yes, good looking hot hatch and eager to have one if the price is right.

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  • Bernard Chew on Feb 26, 2019 at 12:41 am

    What is the purpose for the exhaust pipes?

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    • Aikon on Feb 26, 2019 at 10:32 am

      For the petrol model, the yellow one…if you read the article instead of just looking at the pictures

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  • A really nice looking car.

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  • Whlaw on Feb 26, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Wow, what’s the price here in Malaysia?. Maybe heralding the rising of the lion badge in Malaysia!. The the lions with ICE are hampered by reliability issues and costly and extended stay in workshop. By 2025 cars powered by battery is supposed to be par in chasing price with ICE? . So battery powered cars is really more reliable and less costly to maintain by virtue of much having less parts than cars ICE?. Is our SC and technician being reskilled fast eoungh to transit from ICE cars over to battery powered cars???.

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    • Jonn Dol on Feb 26, 2019 at 1:45 pm

      Design-wise, the latest cars from Peugeot & Citroen are the only ones that could match the German giants in terms of sophistication & that high tech quality feel.

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  • manasa on Feb 26, 2019 at 8:17 am

    sooonnnn to MY in probably 2 years of time? but definitely be here, approximate RM90k for 1.2 puretech turbocharged possibly?

    my 208 never bring me down. after 6 years owning. cheap spare part as well, far cheaper compared to my other conti cars. most say peugeot problem2, not until u know its characteristic and knw how to handle issues with it. all vti thp same will have same issue (except thp additional maintenance of turbo, hpfp) like any other car but minor2 doesnt involve engine/gearbox.

    on the other hand, i’ve spent more than rm15k in a year just for repair my other conti car. while my 208, its just drive and go (with very minor repair with recall)

    thermostat housing, ignition coil, soleinoid, all those cheap repair only. others normal tear and wear. minyak jimat gila.

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  • Ben Yap on Feb 26, 2019 at 8:51 am

    340km can almost reach penang without petrol. This car good for grab drivers.

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  • rchoo on Feb 26, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I love Peugeot, jaw dropping beauty

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    • Brian on Feb 26, 2019 at 10:00 am

      You asked me about Peugeot unreliability. As you can see above, I’m not the only ones that sees this problem. Cheers.

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  • Not suitable for Bolehland as too advanced.

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Feb 26, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    in before 120k battery costs

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  • PHsim on Feb 26, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Nice looking, front looks like angry Mazda 2.

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  • car looks getting smaller than old model?

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