How clean are Kia’s latest Diesel engines?
Every diesel engine in the 2017 Kia range is of a Euro 6 standard, this means they are the cleanest and safest ever. These engines will not face charges anywhere in Britain under the Government’s Clean Air Zone proposals. In recent months, older Diesel cars have come under scrutiny from the UK Government (and mainstream press) for the level of harmful emissions that they produce. The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) are campaigning to ensure that the differences between the varying compliance standards of used diesel cars are clear. This will help to ensure that customers are better informed about which cars comply with the latest emissions standards, and are therefore cleaner than their predecessors. Honda is in full support of the objectives of the SMMT to raise awareness and differentiate between older Diesel models and the newer, cleaner models. With all current Diesel Kia’s being Euro 6 compliant, no new Diesel Kia customer will be penalised for their choice of powertrain. We are confident that for many customers, diesel remains the best proposition.
What is a Euro 6 engine?
Euro 6 is the sixth incarnation of the European Union directive to reduce harmful pollutants from vehicle exhausts. The standard was introduced in September 2015, and all mass-produced cars sold from this date must meet these emission requirements. The aim of Euro 6 is to reduce harmful exhaust emissions, including nitrogen oxide (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (THC and NMHC) and particulate matter (PM), which is basically soot from diesel cars. Reducing these pollutants can also mean improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. As you can see from the table below, diesel engines have come a long way in the last 15+ years, Euro6 engines produce just 80mg of NOx, comparing to 500mg back in 2001.
|Euro Standard||Date Effective||Carbon Monoxide (g/km)||NOx (g/km)||Particulate Matter (g/km)|
|Euro 1||Dec 1992||2.72||–||0.14|
|Euro 2||Jan 1997||1.0||–||0.08|
|Euro 3||Jan 2001||0.66||0.50||0.05|
|Euro 4||Jan 2006||0.5||0.25||0.025|
|Euro 5a||Jan 2011||0.5||0.180||0.005|
|Euro 6||Sept 2015||0.5||0.080||0.005|
Kia EcoDynamic diesel engines
Kia Launched the environment-friendly brand ECO dynamics in 2009 as part of the firm commitment made to the pursuit of zero emissions. In 2012, Kia developed a new eco brand system and designed a new emblem with a streamlined shape to convey the new futuristic and eco-friendly image.
The fuel stretching EcoDynamics technology in our eco-friendly cars helps save up to 12% more fuel, and reduce your carbon footprint – it cuts off the engine whenever the car is stationary, and pressing the clutch will get you going again in a flash.