Hello fellow… Ontoites (what’s the proper demonym for us lot ?).
For about 6 months I was a proud user of the Peugeot E208 GT line. I was lucky enough to get a brand new example, which was a plus. Needless to say I was pretty pleased with my first EV - I loved the design, the interior and much more relaxed driving experience that an EV has.
For those of you interested in getting the E208, here are some thoughts from me. Keep in mind I’m quite young, don’t have children and live in London, so your mileage may vary:
- great exterior design; my E208 was black and it looked stunning with the daytime running lights on
- comfortable and sporty seats
- 3D cockpit display is a wow-factor
- love the physical controls for main functions (AC, central locking etc)
- charges really fast up to 40-50% (if you go to a 100KW charger and your battery has the right temperature, otherwise it’s rubbish)
- feels quite sporty with the hard suspension, small steering wheel and generally low to the ground position
- decent boot for the type of car
- auto high beam assist should be standard on all new vehicles
- front and rear parking sensors + top-view camera are useful when you least expect
Not so good:
- I’m 6’2 (1.88m) tall with quite long legs and I couldn’t get 100% comfortable with a clear view of the cockpit display. To actually be comfy, I’d have to live with an obstructed view which was very annoying to me.
- Mileage on the motorway (70mph on CC) is pretty bad, in perfect weather conditions (20C, no aircon) I never got more than 130 miles
- However cool the 3D cockpit display is, the functionality is pretty limited. For example, I would’ve loved to be able to see what song was playing when using Apple Carplay on it. It is pretty functional, but I’d say it’s slightly more form than function. They could’ve done more.
- Infotainment system is laggy and I found it generally dated and hard to use.
- Backseat passengers better not have legs
- During the peak of summer it wouldn’t charge at more than 35KW even when at 15%.
- Regen breaking will stop at 3mph so you can’t really drive it with one pedal.
Because I wanted to spend a bit less money on my car and also try something different / more spacious, I decided to swap my E208 for an Ioniq. Guess what - I was lucky the second time too and got a brand new 71-plate in Blue! Truth be told… I am so happy with the change, this feels like a much better car overall although moving from the 208 there are some compromises.
- Space, space, space. It feels so airy and backseat passengers can bring their legs with them again!
- Practicality is awesome - love the wireless phone charging and the storage cubbies
- Infotainment system is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Feels like it’s made in 2021.
- Digital cockpit display is super functional, also displays the playing song
- Paddles for setting regen level and regen breaking to stand-still? PLEASE AND THANK YOU
- It’s very easy to get comfortable in the driver’s seat. And even though the seat itself has less lateral support compared to the Pug, I do feel more comfortable overall.
- Surprisingly, city range seems to be the same if not better than the E208. The real test will be the motorway though - coming soon.
- Auto-hold at traffic lights… no-brainer
- Driver only mode for climate control? Genius, really.
- Super relaxing to drive - quiet, refined, easy.
Not so good:
- Looks… I mean, yes, this is subjective, but the Ioniq is not a very pleasant sight.
- Rear visibility is… poopish. And I feel like a rear wiper would’ve been useful.
- Steering wheel is a bit thin for my taste. I’m not a fan of thick BMW-style wheels, but this is at the opposite extreme. I do like the shape and size though and also the on-wheel controls are good.
- Not very fun to drive. Feedback is lacking and it certainly doesn’t feel as nippy as the Pug.
- No front parking sensors
- No blind-spot monitoring? Come on, it’s a 30k+ car with heated seats, this is a bit cheeky.
- Slow(er) charging for 2021, but can live with that personally.
- And living in London, most people will think I’m their Uber
Overall I’m very happy with my choice and look forward to my time with the Ioniq. I should also mention that my entire experience with Onto has been absolutely perfect and I’m impressed with how easy having a car can be.