New Peugeot 308 engine sets fuel economy record

Here the turbocharged 308 has achieved new records for fuel economy – as high as 99.1mpg and a total of 1,124.7 miles on a full tank of fuel.

This new engine for the Peugeot 308 set its groundbreaking figures at the Almeria circuit in Spain. A standard production hatchback 308, featuring the new PureTech engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, was used for the test run. The car was driven for over 32 hours to consume the 51.4-litre contents of its fuel tank.

It has set a new record for fuel economy and distance driven on a single tank of fuel and to achieve this, several drivers took part in the driving such was the time and distance covered.

The new Peugeot 308 with its 1.2-litre PureTech engine therefore lays a new benchmark in its sector as it becomes the most economical mass-produced car with a petrol engine.

Available on vehicles from the end of this month, the new 1.2-litre PureTech e-THP emits just 107g/km. Very few petrol-powered family cars in the same segment can compete with such a low CO2 output.

New PureTech turbo petrol engines will also arrive to other models in the current Peugeot range in the near future. These include the 208 supermini and the 2008 crossover.

Meanwhile the Peugeot 308, currently priced from £13,895, is also available with a highly-efficient BlueHDi 1.6-litre diesel unit with 120bhp. It delivers a combined fuel economy of 91.1mpg and CO2 emissions of just 82g/km.

Such highly efficient engines have helped the Peugeot 308 win the 2014 European Car of the Year award earlier this month.

The 308 has won this honour following a voting process by a large judging panel consisting of 58 journalists representing 22 European countries.

Peugeot has also already received over 60,000 orders for its new 308 hatchback in Europe. This has led to the recent decision to add an extra production shift for the family car at its production plant in Sochaux.

Later this year Peugeot will expand the 308 family car’s range and appeal with the arrival of an SW estate derivative.

The 308 SW will launch to the UK market on 14th July 2014, with prices likely start from just under £15,000.