Peugeot has launched an eco version of the 207 hatchback that emits a Polo Bluemotion-matching 99g/km of CO2.
The 1.6-litre HDi motor in the 207 Economique produces 90bhp, 11bhp more than the Volkswagen, and the car will cost £100 less than the Polo, at £12,995.
The Peugeot gets a unique aerodynamic pack and streamlined wheel trims. The ride height has been lowered by 5mm and an under-tray covers either side of the exhaust system and the fuel tank. These measures contribute to a drag coefficient of 0.274, compared with the standard car’s 0.30.
The engine management software has been tweaked to give the best possible consumption and Peugeot has added an EGR heat exchanger to cool the re-injected exhaust gases.
The Economique is fitted with a specially modified five-speed manual gearbox with a higher final drive ratio than the standard 207 hatchback.
To reduce the rolling resistance, Michelin 15” 185/65R15 VLRR (Very Low Rolling Resistance) tyres are fitted.The new Peugeot 207 Economique and Economique+ are available from October.