The Cleanest Car That Isn’t a Hybrid Is the Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi

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The PSA Peugeot Citroen Group isn’t enjoying the best of times as far as sales figures are concerned. On the plus side, the French manufacturer is on a roll in terms of environmentally friendly technologies. A case in point is the Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi, which is the cleanest non-hybrid car you can buy right now.
On sale in the United Kingdom for £14,995, the French supermini is animated by a 75 PS (74 horsepower) 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine which emits 79 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The ultra efficient powerplant can return as much as 94.2 imperial mpg. That’s 78.4 mpg in North American currency or the equivalent to 3 liters per every 100 kilometers.

Available in three- and five-door configurations in Active or Allure trim, the 2016 Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi is a valuable addition to the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group’s target of reducing CO2 emissions across the board. At the present moment, the PSA Group is the European market leader for CO2 emissions across the model range, with an average of 110.3 g/km.

For those who need more than 75 PS from their supermini, Peugeot also offers the 208 1.6 BlueHDi in 100 and 120 PS tunes. Instead of a five-speed manual, the 120 PS variant comes with a six-speed transmission. The most powerful oil-burning engine in the lineup emits 95 grams of CO2 per 100 kilometers.

The question is, how did the engineers make this turbo diesel run so clean? The answer is Selective Catalytic Reduction. Combined with an additive filter and stop&start, the manufacturer’s SCR technology made it possible for the Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi to become the cleanest non-hybrid car on sale today.

It’s a top job, we’ll give Peugeot that, but keep in mind that these emission figures were achieved in ideal conditions (i.e. New European Driving Cycle). Nevertheless, the same testing conditions are used by every automaker with sales operations in Europe and the United Kingdom.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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