DIESEL-SIPPING 208: Peugeot's new 208 set an official fuel-consumption record - TWO litres/100km over 2152km using 43 litres of diesel. Image: Peugeot
• New long-distance fuel record
• Emissions of 79g/km
• 1.6 litre BlueHDI diesel
Peugeot’s funky 208 hatchback, equipped with a BlueHDI diesel engine, set a new long-distance fuel consumption record.
How far did it travel? According to Peugeot, its frugal 208 travelled nearly the equivalent from Cape Town to Harare, Zimbabwe.
PEUGEOT’S FRUGAL 208
A diesel-powered 208 travelled 2152km using 43 litres of diesel, with an average fuel consumption of a claimed 2.0 litres/100km, reports Peugeot. A Cape Town to Harare journey is 2261km.
The 208’s official fuel consumption is rated at 3.0 litres/100km with emissions of 79g/km.
The test was conducted in April 2015 at the automaker’s test circuit at Belchamp in France, supervised by French vehicle authority UTAC (Union Technique de l’Automobile, du motocycle et du Cycle).
The vehicle used was a standard 208, launched at the 2015 Geneva auto show, powered by a 1.6 litre BlueHDi 100 S&S engine and mated to a five-speed manual. The hatchback ran for 38 hours with several drivers taking turns of three to four hours at the wheel.
Peugeot reports that the 208 used is dubbed "very low fuel-consumption' edition and sports ultra-low rolling-resistance tyres and a new spoiler.
The PSA Peugeot-Citroen group claims to be the market leader in Europe for low CO2 emissions in its range, with an average of 110.3 g/km.