Peugeot has had huge success with its e-208 supermini and e-2008 crossover, as well as its electric vans. Its line-up is set to be bolstered later in 2023 too, with the arrival of the new e-308 and e-308 SW – the EV versions of Peugeot’s impressive mid-sized model that arrived with regular engines in 2022.
Let’s take a look at what the new Peugeot e-308 has to offer.
Underpinning the new e-308 models is a powertrain that is new for Peugeot, and will increasingly be rolled out across its electric line-up.
The setup comprises a 154bhp electric motor, combined with a 54kWh battery, with drivers able to choose from three different driving modes – Eco, Normal or Sport – depending on their preference. There’s also a ‘B’ mode that enhances the regenerative braking to enhance the range further.
Good electric range and quick charging
Thanks to the use of a new 54kWh battery, the e308 models will offer a longer electric range than other Peugeot EVs we’ve seen to date.
The French firm claims a range of up to 248 miles is possible, while also bringing quicker charging too – a 20 to 80 per cent charge is able to take place in as little as 25 minutes when hooked up to a 100kW DC rapid charger. An 11kW on-board three-phase charger is also provided as standard.
308 SW is one of the first electric estate cars
There has been a surprising lack of electric estate cars available up until now, with only the MG5 and expensive Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo providing for those wanting a car of this type.
So Peugeot’s electric 308 SW estate car will be a welcome entry to this segment, while clever packaging ensures it will be no less practical than versions powered by combustion or hybrid engines.
Peugeot’s designs have been getting increasingly more eye-catching and the latest 308 is without doubt one of the firm’s most bold models to date.
Details such as the fang-shaped LED running lights and Matrix LED headlights help to give this hatchback and estate car some real presence, while the three-claw LED rear lights look the part too. Though these electric versions are hard to tell apart from the standard 308, Peugeot has developed some new aerodynamic 18-inch alloy wheels purely for use on these EVs.
Plenty of technology
If you like plenty of technology, the e-308 line-up is unlikely to disappoint. Boasting Peugeot’s latest generation i-Cockpit, it boasts a head-up display and 10-inch touchscreen that can be easily configured with bespoke shortcut buttons for easier use.
There’s also adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, along with long-range blind spot monitoring, which is able to ‘see’ up to 75m behind.
Further details of the e-308 and e-308 SW nearer to the model’s on-sale date in the second half of 2023.