New Peugeot 308 PureTech engines ensure demand for petrol-powered models rises 252% in a year. New PureTech trims enhance range.
Peugeot PureTech: Big Engine Power Small Engine Efficiency
Peugeot 308 PureTech engines are so fuel efficient that sales of these petrol models rose 252% from 2013 to 2014. PureTech is a brand name for the manufacturer's latest range of 3 cylinder petrol engines that combine the power traditionally associated with large units, with the low running costs and environmental efficiency of small. The PureTech range sits alongside a variety of diesels. Peugeot claims that its 308 – a small family class vehicle available in hatchback and estate form – has been “designed to be the most efficient car in its class”. 308 PureTech petrol engines include the: 1.2-litre 82hp, 1.2-litre 110hp and a 1.2-litre 130hp.
New Peugeot 308 GT Line
The Peugeot 308 Hatchback is now available with new trims that take advantage of the super-efficient engines. The GT Line inherits styling cues from the powerful, top of the range, GT. It suits those that want the look of a high-performance vehicle but not necessarily the speed. Styling highlights include the: 18-inch Diamant alloy wheels and twin exhausts housed within the black lacquered rear diffuser. The cabin benefits from sports seats and a leather steering wheel both of which have red, contrast, stitching.
GT Line PureTech power comes courtesy of the 1.2-litre 130hp engine that is teamed with 6-speed manual transmission. This combination averages 61.1mpg and emits carbon at the rate of 110g/km. Efficiency is enhanced via a start/stop system that automatically switches-off the engine when the vehicle is stationary, perhaps at a traffic light. Prices start at £21,445 (on the road). The automatic version is fractionally less efficient and costs £22,445.
New Peugeot 308 GT Sportium
The Peugeot 308 Sportium is a special edition that pays homage to the super-efficient engines. It is, therefore, only powered by PureTech petrol units. It has been placed above the Access trim in the range so inherits a: DAB digital radio, air-conditioning, 9.7-inch colour touch-screen, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and a speed limiter. Sportium trim extras include the: 16-inch Diamond alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, tinted rear windows, black door mirrors, chromed grille, leather steering wheel, lumbar support, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers.
New 308 Sportium PureTech engines include the 1.2-litre, 110hp, that is bolted to 5-speed manual transmission. It averages 61.4mpg and emits carbon at a rate of 105g/km. The 1.2-litre 130hp also averages 61.4mpg but emissions rise – slightly - to 107g/km. The more powerful engine can also be teamed with a 6-speed auto gearbox. In this form it returns 57.4mpg with emissions of 114g/km.