Car buyers have long been sceptical of the fuel figures obtained through “official” tests.
So PSA Group, now the second largest carmaker in Europe, has taken it upon itself to test a representative 58 models from across its Citroen, DS Automobiles, and Peugeot ranges that enable buyers to work out exactly what the real world fuel consumption of more than 1,000 cars would be.
For each model, the estimations have been made using the same engine and gearbox, plus three variants: body type, trim level and tyre dimensions.
Customers have the possibility to check their average consumption in real-world driving conditions by logging onto their respective websites. A web-based application will allow them to view data for their model by entering its characteristics (body type, trim level, engine, gearbox, and type of tyres).
Additionally, each client will be able to estimate their own consumption based on the actual use planned for the vehicle (number of passengers, load, driving style, etc.).
The readings for the 58 models have been made on public roads (14 miles on urban roads, 25 miles on the open road and 18 miles on motorways) under real driving conditions with air conditioning operating and the car carrying luggage and passengers, even across hilly terrain.
The test protocol was established with Transport & Environment (T&E) and France Nature Environment (FNE) and was used under the supervision of the Bureau Veritas certification organisation, which has certified the accuracy and integrity of the results.
The data for Citroen cars is at: http://www.citroen.co.uk/about-citroen/technology/real-use-vehicle-consumption
For DS Automobiles it’s: http://www.dsautomobiles.co.uk/inside-ds/consumption-based-on-usage
Take a website test drive today and then experience the real thing at your nearest Freeborn showroom.