The Peugeot 308 is one of, if not the most successful hatchback Peugeot ever offered which is why they are keen on keeping it even in the world of electric cars and hybrids. Therefore, the Peugeot e-308 leads the way in the new era of Peugeot which aims to become completely electric or hybridized beginning in 2023.
So, if you want to know all about 2023 Peugeot e-308, what to expect and should you get one, be sure to read this article. For starters, the 2023 Peugeot e-308 still hopes to lure in customers with competitive pricing, good looks, a really good interior, and enough space for a decently-sized family.
The design of the e-308 isn’t too different from the normal 308, but some distinct touches do set it apart from its non-electric counterparts. For example, the front grille is now completely closed and there are some special blue badges all around the car that hope to signify that the e-308 is a bit more special.
Reliability is likely to be much better than with the normal 308 as electric cars inherently tend to be more reliable. Practicality is going to be more or less the same which means that there is enough space for a family inside the e-308 while the price is going up compared to the normal 308.
2023 Peugeot e-308 – The Powertrain
As far as the powertrain is concerned, the e-308 comes in with a single electric motor on top of the front wheels offering 154hp and 192lb-ft of torque. This is enough to propel the e-308 from 0-60mph in around 9 seconds which is an impressive number for a small entry-level Peugeot hatchback. This is made possible by a 51kWh battery capable of offering up to 240 miles of range.
However, real-world testing has shown that the e-308 is more likely going to be good for around 190 miles which isn’t all that special or better than most cars. The reason why the e-308 isn’t better is that it wasn’t designed to be an electric car from the get-go.
You can recharge the e-308 using a 100kW fast charger from 20% to 80% in around 25 minutes which is indeed fast enough. All in all, the range is not all that special but is enough for a daily driver. If you charge the e-308 overnight, you should be good enough for most situations except some long-distance journeys when stopping to top off is going to be fairly frequent.
2023 Peugeot e-308 – Design and Driving
Design-wise, the new e-308 looks sharp, modern, and distinctive which has been the case with pretty much all newer Peugeot models. The e-308 does differ from the regular 308 due to some special design touches such as different wheels, black details, a blanked-out grille, a lack of exhaust pipes, and a few cheeky “e” badges all around the car.
The interior is really nice with the new 308, so much so that it could easily pass for something like an Audi A3 as these two share a rather similar interior design philosophy. The driving experience is more or less the same as in the normal 308, but you will feel the added weight through corners. Be that as it may, most people will not be doing any spirited driving with the e-308 anyway.
2023 Peugeot e-308 – Reliability and Common Issues
The e-308 is not out yet which means that we can’t really say anything about its reliability at this moment, but we can say that it should be more reliable than the normal 308 as EVs are inherently more reliable than ICE cars. They come with fewer moving parts which means that there aren’t too many things that can go wrong with the e-308.
2023 Peugeot e-308 – Value and Practicality
The e-308 should cost around *£37,000 which includes all the incentives that go into the asking price. The SW estate model should cost a grand more and should be pretty much identical to the normal e-308, except that it offers more space on the rear seats and in the trunk.
This leads us to practicality where the e-308 is much better than the smaller e-208, but can’t come close to the Peugeot 508 sedan. This means that a smaller family has more than enough space in the e-308 while four adults could struggle for room on longer journeys.
Should I buy the 2023 Peugeot e-308?
If you are interested in buying a family hatchback that is both CO2 free and affordable, the e-308 is actually a really good choice overall. The e-308 does seem like a much better purchase compared to the e-208 which is simply way too small for those who spend a decent amount of time inside their cars.
It is true that the range could be a bit better, but Peugeot believes that most people who end up buying the e-208 will charge it overnight which makes sense. However, not everyone is able to charge their cars overnight as most people still street park.
Which cars rival the Peugeot e-308?
The Peugeot e-308 competes with the likes of the VW ID.3 which slots somewhere between the e-208 and the e-308, and the Cupra Born. Out of all these, the ID.3 offers the largest battery with the most range, but the Peugeot e-308 does look cooler both inside and out. The VW ID.3 isn’t on par with the e-308 when it comes to interior quality as well.
This might come as a surprise to many, but VW did downgrade some of its cars when it comes to quality and build materials, so much so that they don’t seem like a bridge between the premium segment and the mid-priced segment anymore.
Can I buy the Peugeot e-308?
Even though the Peugeot e-308 has been officially released in September 2022, you will not be able to buy one before 2023. Q1 and Q2 of 2023 will see many of these on the road. You can preorder one now through one of your Peugeot dealers in order to get one as early as you can.