The first fuel figures of Peugeot-Citroen real-world condition tests have arrived and there are evidently higher than in the laboratory.
After the emissions storm triggered by Volkswagen, Peugeot-Citroen announced that it would measure and publicize real-world fuel economy figures for their models. Now, the French automaker has released the initial results of its tests for three models. The measurements were made public under a protocol developed with the NGO Transport & Environment, on public roads near Paris – 25.5 km urban, 39.7 km extra-urban, and 31.1 km motorway – with passenger and luggage on board, on different road gradients, and with the air-conditioning system turned on.
Based on the European Union’s Real Driving Emissions (RDE) project, the protocol measures fuel consumption by means of a portable emissions measurement system (PEMS) installed on the vehicle. Bureau Veritas, an independent and internationally body, has guaranteed the protocol, ensuring that it is conducted in line with specifications and that the results are accurate and reliable. The company also made a survey – conducted by an independent body – among its customers to compare the final results.
The models tested were the Peugeot 308 1.6l BlueHDi 120 S&S M6 “Allure”, Citroen Grand Picasso 1.6l BlueHDi 120 S&S M6 “Exclusive” and Citroen DS3 1,6l BlueHDi 120 S&S M6 “So Chic”.
The consumption measured under the protocol were 5,0 l/100 km for the Peugeot model (official combined: 3,2 l/100km), 5,6 l/100 km for Grand Picasso (official combined: 3,8 l/100km) and 4,9 l/100 km for DS3 (official combined: 3,6 l/100km). Consumption measured via customer surveys: 5.0-5.1 l/100km at Peugeot 308, Grand Picasso with 5.5-5.7 l/100km and 5.1-5.3 l/100km for DS3.
PSA says it will release before summer official real-world fuel consumption figures for 30 Peugeot, Citroen and core DS models.