Kg CO2 per litre of petrol

If you burn a litre of diesel this will produce 2.6391 kgs of carbon dioxide. Petrol has a lower carbon content and so produces 2.3035 kgs of CO2. The precise figures depend on the quality of the fuel. Since fuel weighs less than a kilogram per litre, it is interesting to see how the weight of emissions is multiplied by the addition of oxygen. The tables below show how the official test figures for CO2 emissions and combined MPG can be equated to see how individual vehicles perform in terms of CO2 per litre. Some cars appear to do better than the standard chemistry would suggest, whereas others do worse. The official tests measure exhaust gases only and then calculate the fuel consumption. So these figures show how far off the recording of test results can be due to errors, rounding differences, and the leeway of around 4% given to manufacturers to decide on which fuel consumption figure to use.

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Top 10 CO2 per litre petrol cars
Make Model Derivative CO2 (kg)/litre CO2 (gpkm) Litre per 100km MPG (combined) List price
Peugeot 308 5 Door PureTech 1.2 e-THP Allure 130 EAT6 S&S 2.15 112 5.20 54.3 £21,395
Peugeot 308 SW PureTech 1.2 e-THP Allure 130 EAT6 S&S 2.15 112 5.20 54.3 £22,315
Peugeot 308 5 Door PureTech 1.2 e-THP Active 130 EAT6 S&S 2.16 106 4.90 57.6 £20,195
Peugeot 308 SW PureTech 1.2 e-THP Active 130 EAT6 S&S 2.16 106 4.90 57.6 £21,115
Volkswagen Beetle Dune 1.2 TSI 105PS BMT DSG 2.18 122 5.60 50.4 £22,760
Peugeot 2008 PureTech 1.2 Allure 110 S&S 2.19 103 4.70 60.1 £17,315
Ford Mustang Fastback 5.0 V8 GT 418PS 2.21 299 13.52 20.9 £34,995
Renault Clio GT-Line 1.2 TCe Nav 120 EDC 2.22 120 5.40 52.3 £17,725
Renault Megane Coupé 1.2 TCe 130 GT Line Nav EDC Auto 2.22 129 5.80 48.7 £22,785
Renault Megane Hatch 1.2 TCe 130 GT Line Nav EDC Auto 2.22 129 5.80 48.7 £21,940
Bottom 10 CO2 per litre petrol cars
Make Model Derivative CO2 (kg)/litre CO2 (gpkm) Litre per 100km MPG (combined) List price
Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 TSI Sport 220PS BMT DSG 2.90 157 5.41 52.2 £25,510
Vauxhall Corsa 3 Door 1.0i SRi 90PS Turbo S/S ecoFLEX 2.65 98 3.70 76.3 £13,835
Vauxhall Adam Rocks 1.4i 16v VVT Turbo S 150PS Start/Stop 2.62 139 5.30 53.3 £18,895
Toyota GT86 2.0 Boxer D-4S GT86 Auto [18 inch alloys] 2.55 181 7.10 39.8 £27,395
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé C 200 AMG Line 2.49 132 5.30 53.3 £32,580
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon C 200 AMG Line 2.49 132 5.30 53.3 £31,915
Mercedes-Benz A-Class A 45 AMG Petronas World Champion Edition 4MATIC Speedshift DCT 2.48 171 6.91 40.9 £49,000
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon C 200 AMG Line 7G-Tronic 2.47 131 5.30 53.3 £33,415
Mercedes-Benz A-Class A 180 AMG Line DCT 2.47 126 5.10 55.4 £24,805
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé C 200 AMG Line 7G-Tronic 2.46 133 5.40 52.3 £34,080