Peugeot e-208 Like vs Renault Zoé balance: which basic version offers more while spending less?

Peugeot e-208 Like vs Renault Zoé balance: which basic version offers more while spending less?

For both models, the free color is stylish: purple with Zoé, yellow with 208!

Peugeot delivers a coin in the e-208 versus Zoé crash! The León offers a new version of access to its urban electric car, with a lower starting price than the Renault. Who now has the best basic version? And these models are worth what they cost?

The 208 will be redesigned in 2023. But Peugeot did not wait for the facelift to bring something new to its electric city car. This fall, it will add a new access version to the range, called Likes. With it, the entrance ticket to the e-208 goes from €34,550 to €33,000 (prices do not include the €6,000 bonus, and of course with the battery).

It is therefore below the Zoé equilibre (without an accent, that’s normal), exhibited from €33,700. Renault had also slightly lowered the prices of the Zoé after the arrival of the Mégane E-Tech. However, these increased again in 2022, due to the increase in the price of raw materials, which weighs in particular on the cost of the battery.

In addition, the Like finish allows Peugeot to hide this! For example, the old base version of Active still cost €33,950 in April. Now it is at €34,550. At launch in 2019, it was €32,100.

On the side of the technical sheet

On a technical level, access models already have an advantage and a real interest: they offer the best autonomy. With its 52 kWh battery, the Zoé advertises 395 km, thanks in particular to smaller 15-inch wheels than the rest of the range. The Renault has always done better than the Peugeot… until now. Because the surprise of the e-208 Like is to have a 52 kWh battery, compared to the 50 kWh of the rest of the e-208. With 2 kWh more and lighter equipment, the e-208 Like thus promises 400 km of autonomy, compared to 362 km for the Active.

Engine side, unchanged under the hood of the Leona, with a 100 kW block, or 136 hp. The Zoé balance receives a block of 80 kW, or 108 hp, reserving the block of 100 kW for the top of the range. The Renault is less efficient, but its power is still sufficient.

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On the team side

Digital instrumentation adds prestige to the basic Zoé.

Lowering the range, the e-208 must necessarily lose equipment. But hardly Because, in addition to the standard equipment of the thermal Like version (such as automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, panel recognition, cruise control or folding bench), the electric one has automatic air conditioning, electric rear windows, heated mirrors or even the 7-inch touch screen. In short, no stinginess. Even the appearance is quite preserved, since we have the gloss black wheel arches or the foamed dashboard.

The Zoé balance is also well endowed. It also has automatic emergency braking, a 7-inch touch screen radio, cruise control, electric and heated mirrors and automatic headlights as standard. The optics are also full LED, against halogen in the 208. If your air conditioning is manual, the Renault has a more chic 10-inch digital instrumentation. On the other hand, here, there is no lane keeping assist and serial traffic sign recognition.

On the charging side, the 208 has a 7.4 kW single-phase on-board charger as standard. Add €400 for an 11 kW three-phase on-board charger. And this regardless of the finish, basic or high-end. For fast charging in direct current, the maximum power is 100 kW. It’s much better than the Zoe, capped at 50 kW. On the other hand, in AC charging, the Renault has a 22 kW on-board charger as standard.

We find the organization i-Cockpit from the base, with a small steering wheel and instrumentation in height.

So, e-208 Like or balance of Zoé?

Both are marked on the bumper! With these versions, autonomy is almost the same. The Zoe has the advantage of faster AC charging. But the price/equipment ratio now leans in favor of the 208 Like. This finish was initially created to meet the needs of a professional clientele, in particular administrations, but it also corresponds to individuals.

But are these versions enough?

Honestly, yes. These access versions fit perfectly, both Peugeot and Renault avoid stinginess in terms of equipment. So there’s a dimmer, air conditioning and radio on a 7-inch touchscreen as standard, typically the sort of things that push you up a notch if they’re absent.

At Peugeot, the top level, the Active, at €34,550, or €1,550 more, mostly adds navigation. In the age of smartphones, you can do without the built-in GPS. The Active Pack, at €35,050, will take more care of the style, with LED headlights and 16-inch wheels. Here too, if you are looking above all for a versatile electric car at a good price, you can do without it.

On the Zoe’s side, if the balance is a good introduction, the mid-range evolution may make you hesitate. Because with €1,200 more, or €34,900, we win 16-inch wheels, navigation, lane crossing alert or even reversing radar.

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