Peugeot adds 'eco' 207 to its small-car line-up

July 20, 2009 | By | In New Cars

New supermini emits just 99g/km of CO2 – that's little enough to earn it 'free' road tax.

Peugeot has joined the growing band of car makers who have brought superminis to market that are ‘green’ enough to qualify for free road tax.

The new 207 Economique uses a conventional 1.6, 90bhp, turbodiesel engine that emits just 99g/km of CO2. Under current UK laws, that’s low enough to qualify for a tax disc that costs nothing. The car also promises to return more than 70mpg across a mix of real-world driving.

Volkswagen has sold a ‘Bluemotion’ version of its Polo for two years that matches the 207’s emissions and fuel economy and, by the year end, has promised a Bluemotion version of its Golf (a significantly bigger car) that’ll also emit just 99g/km of CO2. Ford, meanwhile, has its Fiesta Econetic, which emits just 98g/km of CO2.

Like its rivals, the 207 gains its eco-credentials by remapping the engine and changing the gearbox ratios. Peugeot has also, like VW and Ford, fitted the car with body aids to help it slip through the air, lowered the suspension and fitted easy-rolling tyres.

The Economique is available with three or five doors and also in two trim levels and costs from £12,995. That’s plenty for a supermini, although it is slightly cheaper than the equivalent Polo or Fiesta. This 207 begins sale in October.

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