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International Engine of the Year 2018 Review

1-Litre to 1.4-Litre


Results

ENGINE POINTS
PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo
(Peugeot 208, 308, 2008, 3008, 5008, Citroen C3, C4, C4 Cactus, C-Elysee, C4 Picasso, C4 Grand Picasso, DS3, DS4, Opel Crossland X, Grandland X)
295
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TFSI ACT
(Volkswagen Tiguan, Audi Q2, Seat Leon, Skoda Superb, Kodiaq)
185
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TFSI
(Volkswagen Golf, Beetle, Tiguan, Touran, Sharan, Passat, Audi A1, A4, Q2, Q3, Seat Ateca, Leon, Toledo, Alhambra, Skoda Kodiaq, Superb)
169
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TFSI electric-gasoline hybrid
(Volkswagen Golf GTE, Passat GTE, Audi A3 e-tron)
152
Toyota 1.2-litre turbo
(Toyota Auris, CH-R)
98
Fiat Chrysler 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo
(Fiat 124 Spider, 500X, Alfa Romeo Mito, Giulietta, Jeep Renegade, Compass)
97

Winner's Interview

Cars

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PSA CLINCHED THE CATEGORY FOR THE FOURTH YEAR

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THE TURBO ENGINE WON PLAUDITS FOR ITS EFFICIENCY

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THE 1.2-LITRE UNIT NOW POWERS OPEL APPLICATIONS

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THE ENGINE HAS ALSO BEEN USED IN LARGER SUVS

❝ Still the best in this displacement category. This three-pot sounds good, ignores turbo lag, and has enough torque and power to efficiently move a compact SUV ❞

Yves Maroselli, Le Figaro

Review

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
With a fourth successive category win, PSA Peugeot Citroën’s turbo three-cylinder engine has firmly established itself as the benchmark power unit for this International Engine of the Year Awards segment. Although the engine’s first win, back in 2015, took a few in the industry by surprise, the 1.2-litre triple has gone on to dominate this category, and clinched this year’s award by an impressive 110 points – indeed, 2018 sees PSA claim the award with the largest gap between first and second place since this power unit first entered.

“With the competition closing in fast, PSA’s little 1.2 three-pot turbo still outsmarts them with a perfect blend of efficiency and zippy performance,” said Natan Tazelaar from the Netherlands. As has been the case in previous years, the panel of judges was won over by the real- world frugality offered by the engine, which has found a home in a range of applications across the OEM group.

But there’s more to PSA’s four-time winner than mere efficiency, with many of the judges also commenting on the engine’s dynamic response and sprightly character. “Impressive real-world fuel economy is perhaps the greatest strength of PSA’s 1.2-litre triple,” remarked freelance journalist John Carey from Australia. “But it also has a smooth and pleasant personality.”

“High torque at low revs is the key to the entertaining character of PSA’s three-cylinder engine, combined with low real-world fuel consumption and a fast throttle response,” added Greece’s Nikos Kounitis.

The success of the PureTech development project, which required significant levels of investment from PSA Peugeot Citroën, is also reflected in the range of vehicles now powered by this multi-award-winning engine – which, in addition to Peugeot and Citroën models, now includes Opel applications. “Still the best in this displacement category,” said Yves Maroselli from France. “This three- pot sounds good, ignores turbo lag, and has enough torque and power to efficiently move a compact SUV.”