Hot on the heels of its European Car of the Year 2014 award, Peugeot 308 hatchback accomplishes another another feat, this time in terms of fuel economy. A PureTech version equipped with the new 1.2 liter three-cylinder e-THP petrol engine, recently achieved an amazing 99.1 mpg on a fuel economy run.
The 130 horsepower Peugeot 308 PureTech was driven for over 32 hours to consume the 51.4-litre contents of its fuel tank, and during that time it covered 1124.7 miles. Equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the test car also set a CO2 record of just 82g/km.
One would argue that these records were achieved under ideal circumstances, and that’s true. Btu in the real world even if you can get like 70 percent of that, it is still a remarkable achievement and a lot better than what most other cars in this segment can offer without a hybrid module to back them up.
The new PureTech engines Peugeot is using for their latest hatchbacks feature advanced technologies such as high-pressure direct injection (200 bar) of the fuel system and a new generation high performance turbocharger (turning at 240,000 rev/min). PureTech turbo petrol engines are being made available on the 208 Hatchback and 2008 Crossover with the e-THP 110 in the coming weeks. The new 308 is available with a choice of five petrol engines (82 to 156bhp) and five diesel engines (92 to 150bhp).