Peugeot‘s recently facelifted 208 supermini shot to the top of our most economical cars league table with a claimed 94.1mpg when it was launched, but the Renault Clio rival has since gone one further. It has now achieved an official fuel consumption record, managing 141.2mpg over a long distance trip.
The 1,337.19-mile drive was supervised by the French Type Approval Authority (UTAC). The Euro 6-compliant 1.6 BlueHDI 100 S/S diesel model with a five-speed manual gearbox was, according to Peugeot, kept strictly standard with no alterations from its production spec.
The 38-hour drive saw a number of drivers completing three to four-hour stints, using 43 litres (9.45 gallons) of diesel fuel. Peugeot doesn’t specify exactly where the test was conducted but we can assume it was on private testing ground.
This specific car is dubbed a ‘Very Low Fuel Consumption’ edition, with ultra-low rolling resistance tyres and a new boot spoiler. It’s available to order now from Peugeot dealers, and is part of the package that sees the 208’s CO2 emissions sit at just 79g/km.
The PSA Peugeot-Citroen group claims to be the market leader in Europe for CO2 emissions across the range, with an average of 110.3 g/km. Particulate emissions are also said to be reduced across the board.
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