With fuel duty at the pumps cut, but an increase in tax on oil production alongside a new fair fuel stabiliser, increased rates of Vehicle Excise Duty and planned increases on company car tax, the Budget continues to be confusing when it comes to balancing motoring costs.
Jon Goodman, MD of Peugeot UK, offers his advice for keeping motoring costs down: “There will be many column inches dedicated to working out the best way to adapt to the new tax regime but you don’t need a tax accountant to help you decide how to save money on motoring. Simply choose the most fuel-efficient car for your needs. Fuel-efficiency determines a vehicle’s CO2 emissions, and hence the tax an owner or driver will pay, and it determines how much an owner or driver will pay at the fuel pumps, regardless of the advertised price of a litre.”
The Peugeot 107's Euro 5 three cylinder petrol engine emits 103 g/km of CO2 and has a combined fuel consumption figure of 62 mpg.
With the Peugeot 207 Economique model, there is no VED and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. The 1.6 HDi 90 FAP diesel engine, offers 74 mpg on the combined cycle.
The new Peugeot 308 range, later this Spring, will offer fuel efficiency technology including a micro-hybrid e-HDi Stop & Start system. In combination with the 1.6 litre HDi FAP112 diesel engine, CO2 emissions are 98 g/km meaning a zero rate of VED.
Meanwhile, the Peugeot 3008 Crossover offers emissions of 129 g/km and 57 mpg on the combined cycle from the HDi 112 diesel engine.
Then there's the World's first diesel hybrid, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, which launches this Autumn and aims to reduce motoring costs even further. The HDi 163 diesel engine driving the front wheels and a 37bhp electric motor powering the rear, the car can provide 200bhp, four wheel drive with 'Sport', 'Auto' and 'Zero Emissions Vehicle' modes. This brings with it 74 mpg and CO2 emissions from 99 g/km.
If you need more space, the Peugeot 5008 MPV offers seven seater and combined fuel consumption economy of 55 mpg with 153 g/km of CO2 from its 1.6 HDi 110 FAP engine with the electronically controlled manual gearbox (EGC).
The new Peugeot 508, on sale next month, also features the e-HDi Stop & Start system with the 1.6 Hdi 112 engine mated to a six-speed EGC. This will deliver 64.2 mpg fuel consumption on the combined cycle with 109 g/km of CO2 for the saloon, whilst the SW version achieves 62.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 110 g/km.Published 24 March 2011