Siblings compared: Opel Astra Electric vs Peugeot E-308

The Opel Astra Electric, the electric version of the German brand’s signature compact, rolls off production lines this year. It is already inviting the inevitable comparisons with the Peugeot E-308. But what do lease customers need to know about the Stellantis stablemates?

Opel Astra Electric
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Peugeot E-308
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Opel Astra Electric

  • Top speed: 170 km/h
  • WLTP range: 416 km*
  • Acceleration (0-100 km): 8.5 sec*
  • Drive: Front
  • Cargo volume: 352L
  • Bonnet storage space: 0L
  • Battery capacity: 54kWh (50.8kWh)
  • Fast charging time (31 to 248 km): 26 min
  • Seats: 5

Peugeot E-308

  • Top speed: 160 km/h
  • WLTP range: 400 km*
  • Acceleration (0-100km): 9.0 sec*
  • Drive: Front
  • Cargo volume: 412L
  • Bonnet storage space: 0L
  • Battery capacity: 54 kWh (51kWh)
  • Fast charging time (31 to 248 km): 28 min
  • Seats: 5

*Estimated

 

Design and tech: Opel Astra Electric vs Peugeot E-308

The two cars are built off the same base, Stellantis’ EMP-V2 modular unibody platform. Similarities are therefore inevitable – such as availability in spacious saloon and station wagon body styles. Yet, the platform’s flexibility means each model channels the distinctive attributes of its parent brand beautifully. Rüsselsheim-based Opel stays with the pure, bold lines associated with the Astra for this electric variant – which makes sense, given the model’s 32-year history. Tweaks include a sportier front bumper, new rims and an ‘e’ on the back. Inside, there’s the famous all-digital Pure Panel, but with an intuitive human-machine interface, large E-HUD heads-up display and natural voice recognition. And of course, certified ergonomic seats. Peugeot, too, largely keeps the 308’s lines, while elongating the front bonnet and adding aesthetic new 18-inch wheels. The marque’s signature i-Cockpit complements two 10-inch screens with customisable virtual i-toggles, so that frequently-used functions remain at hand. Infotainment is courtesy the latest i-Connect Advanced technology, so the driving and travelling experience is more intuitive and rewarding.

 

Battery and performance: Peugeot E-308 vs Opel Astra Electric

Both the Opel Astra Electric and the Peugeot E-308 run a 115-kW (156hp) electric motor off a new generation 54kWh nickel battery. They perform similarly, delivering a torque of 270 Nm. Whichever you choose, expect a range just over 400km – perfect for longer journeys and just shy of what a full tank of gas can deliver.
The designers of both cars have prioritised efficiency with a series of tweaks, making it possible to attain remarkably low average energy consumption: 12.7 kWh per 100 km, a benchmark among 100% electric vehicles in the C segment. Beyond those likenesses, the Opel edges ahead in initial tests, delivering a marginally higher top speed, better acceleration and better range. However, the Peugeot E-308 is no slouch. Its characteristic French lines, combined with the driving pleasure characteristic of Peugeot models more than compensate.

 

Availability and pricing: Opel Astra Electric vs Peugeot E-308

The Opel Astra Electric and the Peugeot E-308 are now available to lease with LeasePlan – at extremely competitive prices.
The new Peugeot 308 is available in two silhouettes – saloon and estate station wagon (308 SW) – as of 2023. Drivers can choose from the marque’s Allure and GT trim levels. Opel fans can choose from the Astra Electric and the Astra Sports Electric Tourer. Whichever of the four versions you choose, you can be assured of bold, head-turning design, excellent range, and responsible, respectable performance.

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