9.3.2017Real world MPG figures available for Peugeot, Citroen and DS models
The PSA Group has published real-world fuel consumption data for 58 models from Peugeot, Citroen, and DS Automobiles. The data obtained from these tests mean that more than 1,000 variants of PSA Group cars can be accurately estimated for drivers and potential customers to view.
Following on from a commitment made last year to carry out real-world driving tests, PSA has worked with independent bodies Transport & Environment (T&E) and France Nature Environment (FNE), to ensure the accurtacy and integrity of the information published.
From the 58 models tested, estimations have been made using the same engine and gearbox combination for three variants - body type, trim level, and tyre size. Customers are able to look up their car online to find out real-world fuel consumption figures attainable.
The information available goes further than just the model's attainable MPG figures though, as drivers can estimate fuel consumption based on their use of the vehicle. Users can state: how often they take passengers and how many are carried; how many trips the car is used for each day and the average distance driven; and the proportion of mileage spent on urban, rural, and motorway routes.
The initial offering of information is available in six countries, with the UK joined by France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. Other countries ion the continent will be rolled-out in due course.
Tests were carried out on public roads and under real driving conditions. This means that air conditioning was turned on, and luggage and passengers were carried.
The route involved a mix of different roads and over a variety of gradients, including hilly sections - with around 14 miles driven in urban areas, 25 miles on open roads, and 19 miles on the motorway. All results have been audited and supervised by certification organisation Bureau Veritas.
Gilles Le Borgne, Executive Vice President, Quality and Engineering, for the PSA Group said: "In line with the commitment we made to our customers, we are now publishing the real-world driving consumption figures for Peugeot, CitroÃ«n and DS models on our brands website. Our customers can now access comprehensive and transparent fuel consumption data. We will add the figures for NOx emissions in summer 2017."
Greg Archer, Director of Clean Vehicles at Transport & Environment, said: "The partnership with PSA Group highlights three key issues. First, that on-road tests to measure real CO2 emissions are reliable, representative and reproducible. Second, that a car company recognises there is consumer demand for robust real world information. And third, in an era of 'alternative facts' and dishonest manipulations of emissions tests one company has seen transparency and openness as the way to re-establish trust with its customers â€“ more carmakers need to follow its lead."
Below are three examples - showing a model from each manufacturer - with the official NEDC fuel economy figure and the newly released PSA Group Real-World fuel economy figure. We have also tailored each model to a different type of driving, using the options on the websites to account for different numbers of passengers, trips per day, and mileage covered etc.
Each model has been selected at random, though the tailored driving MPG figure is suitable for the type of car picked. The Citroen C4 Cactus has had a balanced set of options ticked, typical of the varied life of a family hatchback; the DS 5 weighted towards longer distances at higher speeds such as a commute with most of the distance on a motorway; and the Peugeot 3008 weighted to many short urban trips, often carried out by a family workhorse to complete the school run, supermarket shop etc.
The tailored figures will vary from user to user and are intended to give an idea of how versatile the real-world MPG calculators are from each manufacturer. To find out a more accurate and personalised figure for any driver or potential customer of a PSA Group brand model, links are supplied below.
Citroen C4 Cactus PureTech 110 S&S Feel Manual 17-inch wheels - 65.7 MPG official - 46.3 MPG real-world - 50.6 MPG tailored for general driving.
DS 5 BlueHDI 180 S&S Prestige EAT6 Auto 18-inch wheels - 62.8 MPG official - 42.2 MPG real - 41.0 MPG tailored for long distance commute.
Peugeot 3008 BlueHDI 120 S&S GT Line Manual 18-inch wheels - 70.6 MPG official - 46.3 MPG real - 39.3 MPG tailored for school run.
Click the below link to get to each respective manufacturer's websites.