Citroen DS range

03 March 2020

CITROEN and Peugeot are among those leading the way with the cleanest cars, including demonised diesels that now count as some of the least-polluting vehicles on our roads.

The latest Citroen DS range includes oil-burners that have already achieved targets that will not come into force for another year.

The environmentally-friendly oil-burning newcomers include diesel-powered versions of the best-selling DS 3 and DS 7 ranges with 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre engines.

They are considered so clean that they become exempt from the standard four per cent surcharge to company car drivers, whilst still earning the Government a fortune in fuel tax.

Currently the Chancellor gets an average of a whopping 80 pence on a litre of fuel, meaning that if every petrol or diesel vehicle was suddenly banned the country would become technically bankrupt.

The Government has yet to say what new taxes will be levied on electric cars when they replace petrol and diesel vehicles in 2035 but they will have to be massive to meet the Chancellor’s current level of income.

Although sales of electric vehicles are increasing, they account for just a fraction of the new car total, with motor manufacturers believing that petrol and diesel models will continue to take the lion’s share for years to come.

This is why companies such as DS say they will continue to invest billions in the refinement of current combustion engines, with those powering the DS3 Crossback and DS7 SUV being prime examples.

Their new diesel engines show the sort of significant improvements that are unmatched by shipping, aeronautical or major industrial pollutants, even though the motor industry is largely blamed for global warming.

The new DS 3 Crossback 1.5-litre manual model earns a new CO2 rating as low as 97g/km, whilst in the case of the larger two-litre DS 7 Crossback with eight-speed automatic transmission the CO2 rating is just 113g/km.

In the case of nitrogen oxide the maximum permitted level for any new car was reduced to just 168mg/km in September.


However, from January 2021 this figure will be further drastically reduced to just 120mg/km, which is the forthcoming target that these new DS models now surpass a year early.

Whilst some car companies such as Volvo are ditching diesels altogether, Citroen, Peugeot and DS say they are determined to invest heavily in their future.

DS Automobiles UK managing director Alain Descat, says: ``Diesel-powered models are an important part of our product strategy and drive to lowest emissions.

``We are delighted that this new classification further cements DS as among the best of industry-leading producers with high efficiency. ``Diesel gives drivers excellent drivability, fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

`` These diesel models are a useful alternative to the petrol and electrified products we also have to offer.”