THE New Peugeot 308 and 208 GTi take five MPG Marathon awards in both diesel and petrol classes
In the ever-challenging MPG Marathon, this year held from Tankersley, near Sheffield, three new Peugeot cars were pitched against their latest competitors to highlight real-world economy driving.
Two New Peugeot 308 HDi 92 models were entered with sub 100g/km CO2 and a Combined Drive Cycle exceeding 75mpg, along with the 208 GTi, more likely to be sought for its 200bhp output, agility and acceleration, but with CO2 at an impressively low 139g/km and a Combined Drive Cycle at 47.9mpg is clearly an accomplished all-round performer.
This year's event for the first time had five set locations across the UK (Lincoln, York, Manchester, Burton-upon-Trent & Tankersley) but relied on the navigation skills of the co-driver to chance the best route in real-world driving conditions.
The final results show that with the intention of economical driving, it is possible to exceed the Government's 'New Car Fuel Consumption and Emission Figures' as John Kendall and Paul Nieuwenhuis in the petrol-powered 208 GTi achieved 59.39mpg over 341.1 miles – 'the best percentage improvement' (24%) and 'best MPG in Class 2'.
Driving the New 308 Chris Russon, with co-driver Kevin Jones achieved 82.04mpg over 350.5 miles – the 'best percentage improvement in Class 3' (10.4%) and the '2nd best percentage improvement', while Ian Robertson of DieselCar magazine and co-driver Marc-Antoine Negre achieved 77.15mpg over 353 miles – '3rd best percentage improvement' (3.8%).
Chris Russon said: "While it is important that most new cars are declaring improved economy, the fact that the New Peugeot 308 has reduced its weight by some 140kg – equivalent to two adults – means that achieving good economy is much more likely, and driven with that in mind it not only brings great achievements but makes for safer driving too."