Although the Geneva Motor Show was postponed this year due to a virus corona, it was still voted European Car of the Year. In the competition of the BMW 1 Series, Ford Puma, Porsche Taycan, Renault Clio, Tesla Model 3 and Toyota Corolla, the first place was taken by 2021 Peugeot 208. The jury was made up of 60 journalists from 23 European countries.
2021 Peugeot 208 Exterior
The second generation switched to the Common Modular Platform, bringing a weight loss of 30 kg. This may not sound like much, but it will reduce fuel consumption. Another advantage of the new platform is the less noise and vibration in the cabin.
2021 Peugeot 208 Interior
There is enough space, we can say so much that it can be a competitor with a higher C segment. The great news is that French designers remain true to i-Cockpit architecture. For those who do not know the steering wheel acts as if on a lap and the technology of the instruments looks attractive with 3D effects.
PuteTech 75, PureTech 100, PureTech 130 and BlueHDi 100 remain the drive units, but the novelty should be the electric model. Gasoline Pure Tech engine number is equal to number of horses, while all engine have 1.2 volume. Depending on the power, the top speed goes from 170 to 208 km/h. Fuel consumption averages 5.5 liters. CO2 emissions around 126 g/km. Mentioned BlueHDi provide 100 horses with 1.5 volume. Its consumption is 4.2 liters, while CO2 emission is 111 g/km.
2021 Peugeot e-208
First, let’s emphasize that this is not a hybrid, but a fully electric version. An 50 kWh batteries give the electric motor a power of 136 horses and 260 N/m of torque. The permanent magnet synchronous motor uses a single speed transmission and provides 340 km of autonomy. Top speed is 150 km/h, while acceleration from 0-100 is achieved in 8.1 seconds.
Peugeot guarantees that the batteries will retain 70% of their initial capacity after 8 years of use or 160,000 km. Using an 11 kW charger takes 5 hours and 15 minutes while using 7.4 kW means 8 hours. The fastest way for charging is 100 kW charger in just 30 minutes.
Release Date and Price
Special presentations for 2021 will not be due to the cancellation of Geneva. This city hatchback remains part of the second generation and prices in the UK market start at £16,250 for base model.