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Awards 2017 highlights

International Engine of the Year 2017 Review

1-Litre to 1.4-Litre


PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo
(Peugeot 208, 308, 2008, 3008, 5008, Citroen C3, C3 Picasso, C4, C4 Cactus, C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso, DS3, DS4)
BMW 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo
(Mini One)
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TFSI ACT
(Volkswagen Golf, Polo, Tiguan, Audi A3, Q2, Seat Leon)
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TFSI
(Volkswagen Golf, Beetle, Tiguan, Touran, Sharan, Passat, Scirocco, Jetta, Audi A1, A3, A4, Q3, Seat Ateca, Ibiza, Leon, Alhambra, Skoda Kodiaq, Rapid, Yeti, Octavia, Superb)
Fiat Chrysler 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo
(Fiat 500, 500L, 500X, 124 Spider, Alfa Romeo Mito, Giulietta, Dodge Dart, Jeep Renegade)
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TFSI electric-gasoline hybrid
(Volkswagen Golf GTE, Volkswagen Passat GTE, Audi A3 e-tron)

Winner's Interview



PSA’s triple is used across a wide vehicle range


The turbocharged unit records a third win


The high-output turbo won over the judges


PSA retains its award by an impressive 54 points

❝ Great efficiency and refinement, combined with genuine character, make this triple from PSA a pleasure to drive ❞

John Carey, Freelance journalist


Technical Specification
Peugeot 208:

  • Engine Capacity: 1,199cc
  • Number of Cylinders: 3
  • Power Output: 130ps
  • Bore x Stroke: 75 x 90.5mm
  • Compression Ratio: 11:1
When PSA Peugeot Citroën first toppled Volkswagen’s nine-year
reign as the leader in this engine category, back in 2015, it was something of a surprise. When the French OEM retained the award in 2016 by an impressive 54 points over BMW’s turbocharged triple, it was clear that judges were thoroughly impressed by PSA’s versatile 1.2-litre unit. This year, which sees the turbocharged engine win the category for the third year in succession, further cements the PureTech’s position as a dominant player in this competitive segment.

“With the NEDC receiving heavy flak, focus is finally shifting to everyday driving and real-world fuel consumption,” said Natan Tazelaar from the Netherlands. “The PSA 1.2 is a very strong competitor in this segment and it is as efficient as most hybrids, but much more enjoyable to drive.”

Several of the judges in this year’s awards expressed similar admiration for PSA’s impressive power unit, which can be found in a wide range of vehicle applications across the OEM’s model range.

“This compact unit optimises combustion and efficiency, while the latest turbo helps it deliver super driving pleasure,” explained Padraic Deane of Motorshow, while French judge Yves Maroselli described the three-cylinder engine as “the most efficient and entertaining to drive, of its category”.

PSA’s PureTech development project represented a considerable investment from the OEM, and it appears the technology and innovation is winning over motorists around the world. “Now, when a small petrol engine with turbo is not a big deal anymore, PSA’s 1.2 is still standing out from the crowd in elasticity and responsiveness,” said Hungarian judge Gábor Szécsényi of the 2017 category winner, while Spain’s Alvaro Sauras Alonso praised the power unit for its “combination of smooth operation, sweet and fast throttle response, excellent power output, very wide implementation, known reliability and affordability”.