Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Three-Pot Power for Peugeot Estate

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Three-Pot Power for Peugeot Estate

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Byline: Chris Russon

PEUGEOT has a new little engine and it's going to play a big part in the estate version of the award-winning 308.

The three cylinder 1.2-litre turbo packs a mean punch but is designed to be both lean and mean.

It is part of a new family of PureTech petrol engines developed by the French car maker in its quest to slash exhaust emissions.

In the new 308 SW it will power the entry level models when the car arrives in June priced from PS16,845.

That's for a 110ps version which Peugeot claims is good for an average of 60mpg with a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 13 seconds.

There is also a more powerful engine boosted to 130ps which is just as economical but livelier through gears and in the new estate will cost from PS19,045.

This has six as opposed to the five gears in the base model and it sparkles as we found out when we put the new 308 SW through its paces.

With plenty of mid-range pull - it is almost like a diesel - it belies the offi-cial 12.1 second 0 to 60 time and feels as brisk as if there was a 1.6 under the bonnet.

It also produces a delightful raspy note under acceleration although Peugeot admits that the sound is artificially enhanced and most of it comes through the hi-fi speakers rather than from the exhaust.

Stop/start is standard and emissions are rated at 109g/km on models fitted with 15-inch wheels and 115g/ km for higher grade versions with larger rims which reduces average fuel consumption to 54.3mpg.

Even so, we managed an impressive 51 to the gallon without any trouble on a drive through the countryside that took in a fair amount of motorway.

The car we tried was in top specifi-cation Feline trim sitting on 18-inch alloys and priced from PS22,085. It was also fitted with an optional PS370 sport pack - a multi-mode drive system that when engaged boosts throttle response and steering feel.

It also switches the back-lit instrument panel from white to red for a little more driver engagement and includes a digital display that shows the engine's instant power output, turbo boost and torque.

It is an intriguing display that shows information not normally available - when was the last time you knew exactly what power your engine was delivering? …

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