Is the Peugeot e-308 already behind the electric Renault Mégane?

Is the Peugeot e-308 already behind the electric Renault Mégane?

Is the Peugeot e-308 already behind the electric Renault Mégane?

Peugeot will launch the 100% electric version of the 308 in 2023, which is one year after the electric Mégane E-Tech arrives in dealerships. Should Renault fear this new competitor? First elements of response.

The 308 adds another string to its bow. Already proposed with two rechargeable hybrid blocks, it will be available in 2023 in a 100% electric version. Thus motorized, it will come to face the new Mégane, which this summer took control of the French market in terms of electric vehicles.

Peugeot and Renault have taken opposite paths for these models. While Losange offers a new vehicle on a dedicated electric basis, the CMF-EV, the Lion has decided to electrify the current 308, with the EMP2 platform. This is not yet one of the new STLA bases.

Should we therefore be afraid of lesser benefits for the e-308? Before comparing these models in real life next year, we offer you a first comparison of their technical characteristics.

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The 308 caters to the mid-range

Since its launch, Mégane has offered two power levels: 96 kW, or 130 hp, and 160 kW, or 220 hp. There are also two battery capacities: 40 and 60 kWh (usable capacity). The first goes low power, the second high power, except for an optimized 130hp Evolution ER version with 60kWh battery.

Peugeot is satisfied for the moment with only one variant, with new elements. Forget the 100 kW motor and 50 kWh battery of the other electric models in the group. Here, the power is 115 kW, or 156 hp. The brand therefore plays on the mid-range look, not trying to run for power. No problem, in fact it is not very useful for the customer. However, the manufacturer has not yet disclosed the performance values.

As for the battery, the e-308 announces 54 kWh of gross capacity and 51 kWh of usable capacity. This version thus falls between the two offers of the Mégane. Unsurprisingly, the latter will retain the advantage of maximum autonomy. If its basic version announces 300km, the EV60 version promises 450km, or even 470km in Evolution ER. On the Peugeot side, we promise just over 400 km.

Which isn’t bad considering the battery size, but it might seem fair with a fairly family-oriented compact vehicle. More than autonomy, Peugeot highlights the consumption of the e-308. Thanks to aerodynamic improvements (for the front and underbody) and the use of tires that limit friction losses, Peugeot announces a record consumption of 12.7 kWh per 100 km. The best Mégane is approved at 15.5 kWh!

More powerful charging in Renault

Mégane can regain the lead on the side in charge, where the 308 is lagging behind. In alternating current, the latter announces 11 kW. In direct current it is up to 100 kW max. For the Renault, the cheaper version is satisfied with a 7.4 kW AC charging (standard charge). It is 22 kW with the “boost” and “optimum” versions. The direct current side is 85 kW in the “boost” version and 130 kW for the “super” and “optimum”.

If the EMP2 platform seems to limit the technical features of the e-308, it can give the advantage over life on board. However, Peugeot has not yet given the trunk volume of this electric version, a volume that can be affected by the battery, as on the hybrid. Barring a nasty surprise, the habitability shouldn’t change. The 308 could therefore be cozier than the Mégane, where you can feel confined to the bench seat.

Renault Megane e-Tech

On the driver’s side, while the Renault have long suffered from the comparison with the Peugeots, the Mégane has set the record straight and is therefore updated, with its OpenR system, two 12-inch screens for instrumentation and infotainment. last by taking advantage of the connected services of Google. The atmosphere is quite techno. It is also in the 308, but with a packaging that seems sportier to us. There is obviously no lack of elements of the i-Cockpit, including a small steering wheel and instrumentation in height. The 10-inch central screen is complemented by a bar of customizable touch keys.

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So, are you more consumption or autonomy?

Clearly, playing the card of the mid-range version, the e-308 does not show the best data against the Mégane, which leaves a technical choice. Furthermore, Peugeot could take a risk by betting on consumption first. The e-308 better deliver on that promise.

If the model is not that efficient, autonomy will dissolve. However, it is still the purchase criterion that prevails for most customers, especially when we arrive in multiple family categories, and that the Mégane will present. For those who make longer journeys, Renault also has the advantage of fast charging which takes less time. It therefore seems more versatile.

Peugeot will also have to pay attention to prices, which are feared high while services are average. We see that an e-2008 already starts at € 38,750. For 1,500 € more we have the super charge Megane EV60. However, the 308 has a nice ace up its sleeve: a more spacious station wagon version.

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