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Awards 2016 highlights

International Engine of the Year 2016 Review

1-Litre to 1.4-Litre


PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo
(Peugeot 208 (110ps), 308, 2008 (110ps, 130ps), 3008, 5008 (130ps), Citroen C3, C3 Picasso, C4 Cactus (110ps), C4, DS3 (110ps, 130ps), C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso, DS4 (130ps))
BMW 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo
(Mini One (75ps, 102ps))
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TFSI electric-gasoline hybrid
(Volkswagen Golf GTE, Audi A3 e-tron (204ps), Volkswagen Passat GTE (196ps))
Fiat Chrysler 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo
(Fiat 500 (137ps), 500L (120ps, 162ps), 500X (140ps, 162ps, 170ps), 124 Spider (140ps, 162ps), Punto (135ps), Alfa Romeo Mito (140ps, 170ps), Giulietta (170ps), Dodge Dart (162ps), Jeep Renegade (140ps, 162ps, 170ps))
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TFSI
(Volkswagen Beetle, Touran / Cross Touran, Sharan (150ps), Golf, Passat (125ps, 150ps), Scirocco (125ps), Jetta, Golf Cabriolet (122ps), Audi A1, A3, (125ps), A4, Q3 (150ps), Seat Ibiza (140ps), Leon (122ps, 150ps), Toledo (122ps), Skoda Rapid, Yeti (125ps), Octavia (140ps), Superb (125ps, 150ps))
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TFSI ACT
(Volkswagen Golf, Polo, Audi A3, Seat Leon (150ps))

Winner's Interview



PSA has now recorded back-to-back victories


The 1.2 powertrain develops 110ps and 130ps


The engine features a high-output turbocharger


The 110ps 1.2 variant emits a mere 86g/km co2

❝ Without any turbo lag, this three-cylinder offers lots of power and perfect torque at very low revs with a harmonious engine noise throughout the whole range. And fuel consumption is very low too ❞

Christophe Congrega, L’Automobile


Technical Specification
Peugeot 308

  • engine capacity: 1,199cc
  • number of cylinders: 3
  • power output: 130ps
  • bore x stroke: 75 x 90.5mm
  • compression ratio: 11:1
One of the surprises of last year’s awards was PSA Peugeot Citroën’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged powertrain ending Volkswagen’s nine-year dominance of this engine category. And after breaking the deadlock in 2015, PSA’s triple has now retained its hard-earned category crown by an impressive margin of 54 points over BMW’s 1.2-litre engine.

The PSA motor won over the 2016 panel of judges with its combination of both performance and efficiency. “The PSA 1.2-litre three-cylinder is a really fun to drive engine, especially because it manages to deliver plenty of torque at low revs,” said Greece’s Nikos Kounitis of the powertrain, which was developed from the naturally aspirated PureTech triple, but for here includes the addition of a high-output turbocharger that spins up to 240,000rpm. “Sophisticated technology gives pure power and driving pleasure with acceptable consumption,” agreed Otohaber’s Halit Bolkan.

Many of the judges commented that the 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo engine’s performance belied its smaller capacity. “Driving the PSA three-cylinder makes you wonder if it is not actually a four-cylinder,” stated Natan Tazelaar from the Netherlands. De Telegraaf’s Sjoerd van Bilsen agreed, commenting that, “This is a very smooth-running three-cylinder creation. It doesn’t give you the feeling you have downgraded in engine choice.” The PureTech turbocharged power unit, available in 110ps and 130ps variants, uses an aluminium cast-iron-lined block for quicker engine warm-up, while the use of low-friction materials and a revised cooling system maximises engine efficiency, therefore reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 21% over a four-cylinder design with the same power.

And PSA’s investment in the PureTech family continues to yield results as Australian journalist and awards judge John Carey explained, “PSA’s eager and efficient 1.2-litre turbo triple shows that France, when it wants to, can match Germany and Japan for small-engine mastery.”