Next Green Car – Small Family Car Awards 2014
The new 308 is a real step forward for Peugeot in terms or styling, quality and efficiency. Although it faces tough competition from other popular models (such as the Focus and Golf) in terms of official MPG and CO2 emissions, it’s only beaten on green credentials by electric models in its class. Official stats include a combined fuel economy of 91 MPG and CO2 emissions of 82 g/km, with local pollutants controlled by BlueHDi technology. The 1.6 diesel engine produces 120 bhp, accelerates to from 0-60 in 9.7 seconds and has a top speed of 122 mph. Pricing starts at £14,895 (BlueHDi from £19,745).
NGC verdict: "With its good looks, lighter chassis and improved engine range, the new Peugeot 308 combines a positive driving experience with class-leading fuel economy (official combined 79 MPG)."
"We are delighted that the Peugeot 308 has been recognised as the Winner of the Small Family Category of the 2014 Next Green Car Awards. It's been a great year for Peugeot and this salutes the design which has been recognised the world over, specifically helped by its advanced platform design, lower body weight and class-leading low CO2 output."
Morgan Lecoupeur, Marketing director at Peugeot UK
According to our NGC Rating, the greenest small family car you can buy. The e-Golf is well equipped as and comes with all the advantages of driving electric: zero car tax (Vehicle Excise Duty), 100% discount on the London Congestion Charge, and around 80% savings on fuel costs. Only pipped at the post in this Award category due to its £26,145 price tag (around £5,000 more than the standard Nissan LEAF) plus the use of the less popular CCS rapid charging system. Full marks however to VW for adding the e-Golf to their expanding EV range; also look out for the plug-in hybrid Golf GTE due to the UK in 2015.
*TBC – To be confirmed
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