New 79g/km diesel joins the Peugeot 208 line-up

  • New version of 1.6-litre BlueHDi engine joins the line-up
  • Monthly BIK tax costs as low as £40 a month
  • Available with Active and Allure trims

The Peugeot 208 engine line-up has been revised for 2016 to include a new version of the firms popular 1.6-litre BlueHDI diesel.

According to the French car maker, it’s the best-performing non-hybrid in the UK to-date, with CO2 emissions starting from just 79g/km and an official combined fuel economy of 94mpg.

The 1.6-litre BlueHDi engine features stop/start technology as standard and offers 74bhp and 230Nm of torque, 0-62mph is achieved in 13.3 seconds with a possible top speed of 106mph.

You can pick this engine in two trims: Active or Allure in three- or five-door guises. With P11D prices starting from £14,940, its low CO2 output slots the car into a 16 percent BIK tax band for the current 2015/16 tax year, so it’ll cost a 20 percent tax payer £40 a month until April 2016 when the monthly costs rise to £45 for the 2016/17 tax year.

Standard equipment in Active trim includes Bluetooth, DAB radio, cruise control, LED daytime running lights and air-con. Moving up to Allure spec adds parking sensors, 16-inch alloys, tinted windows and automatic lights.

Every diesel version of the 208 falls below 95g/km of CO2 and meets Euro6 emissions standards. The larger 308 model has hatchback versions from 82g/km and the 308 SW estate from just 85g/km.  

Peugeot is reducing the CO2 emissions of all of its vehicles and the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group maintained leadership in Europe in 2014 with an average CO2 of 110.3g/km, in a European market where the average is at 123.7g/km. As an individual brand Peugeot averaged 109.5g/km.

Mark Pickles, marketing director at Peugeot UK, explained: “We pride ourselves on producing engines that reduce emissions without compromising performance and driver enjoyment, while optimising fuel consumption. The new 208 79g/km is the industry class leader and reinforces the brand’s commitment in continually pushing the boundaries of technology for both petrol and diesel engines.”

The latest generation of the 208 was launched in 2012, refreshed in 2015 and remains the best-selling Peugeot car.

Click here to read our full review of the Peugeot 208.