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New Peugeot 208 Is Least Polluting Non-Hybrid Car In UK

Peugeot expands 208 range and brings world's most environmentally efficient, non-hybrid, vehicle to United Kingdom.

Peugeot 208 emissions fall to 79g/km

The New Peugeot 208 is the least polluting, non-hybrid, diesel or petrol vehicle on the market, its manufacturer claims.

This supermini class hatchback – when fitted with a new to UK, 1.6-litre, BlueHDi 75hp Start & Stop engine – emits carbon at a rate of 79g/km. That makes such versions eligible for free road tax (2016 rate).

The engine's low emissions come, in part, via its selective catalytic reduction system, Peugeot says. In simple terms, a liquid reducant is pumped into the exhaust stream to neutralise pollution.

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This 1.6-litre 75hp engine averages 94.2mpg, manages 104.6mpg on the extra urban cycle, and returns 78.5mpg in town.

Its Start & Stop feature saves fuel by automatically switching-off when stationary at (say) a red traffic light, then automatically restarting as the driver takes the steps necessary to start moving.

Peugeot 208 79g/km Diesel Emissions

World record

The New Peugeot 208 is fuel efficient in other forms too. A 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100hp Start & Stop version set a long distance fuel consumption record for a standard production vehicle, the manufacture explains.

The attempt was supervised by the French Type Approval Authority (UTAC) to guarantee transparency and legitimacy.

The vehicle – that has 5-speed manual transmission - covered 1,337.19 miles over 38 hours. It consumed 9.45 gallons of diesel (43 litres), which equated to average fuel consumption of 141.2mpg.

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Mark Pickles, Marketing Director at Peugeot UK, explains: “We pride ourselves in producing engines that reduce emissions without compromising performance and driver enjoyment; while optimising fuel consumption.

The New 208 79g/km is the industry class leader and reinforces the brand’s commitment in continually pushing the boundaries of technology for both petrol and diesel engines.”

3/5 doors and class-competitive cargo capacity

The 208 1.6-litre BlueHDi 75hp Start & Stop is available with 3 or 5 doors, and cargo capacity is a class-competitive 285-litres. Folding the rear seats flat increases volume to 1,076-litres.

The cabin also has the brand's “i-cockpit” that incorporates a compact steering wheel, high-mounted instruments and touch-screen interface.

Peugeot 208 Interior Diesel

Trims and equipment

The 1.6-litre BlueHDi 75hp engine is teamed with the Active and Allure trims.

The Active has: hill-start assist to prevent it rolling backwards when pulling into traffic, cruise control, electric front windows, Bluetooth, air-conditioning, steering wheel mounted audio controls, various air-bags and tyre pressure sensors.

The Allure trim adds tinted rear and side windows, plus a rear parking aid. It incorporates a visibility pack too. Extras include: automatic headlights, automatic wipers and a rear-view mirror that dims to minimise glare from the headlights of any following traffic.


New Peugeot 208 1.6-litre BlueHDi 75hp Start & Stop prices range from £14,995 to £16,975 (on the road).