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Real Life MPG


Every seasoned new car buyer knows very well that the official miles per gallon figure quoted by all car makers is likely to be, putting it kindly, a tad over-optimistic. We are mostly all aware that these figures are achieved in artificial conditions on indoor rolling roads. They are supposed to simulate real life circumstances but take no account of wind or weather, for example.

Now though there has been some very thorough consumer research conducted to establish exactly how different the official figure is from those achieved by us, the poor, downtrodden drivers. The researchers actually took the trouble to ask motorists and have to date had over 30,000 responses that cover most vehicles. The results of the survey are very enlightening and could possibly even affect car sales as buyers look more closely at running costs in these days of high fuel prices.

The average mpg has been calculated to an overall 88% of the official figures. Looked at in monetary terms, this shortfall is equivalent to 2p for every litre purchased at the pumps. This in turn suggests a figure close to £4.45 billion annual overspend by drivers if the official figures are to be believed.

Of course, some drivers are more gung-ho than others. Those frugal folk who drive with economy in mind may well achieve close to the official figure. Most drivers unfortunately won’t, but that’s the purpose of averages. Car owners submitted their personal mpg to the site and the variations have been averaged down for each vehicle so it is probably a pretty fair representation.

Some cars actually achieved average figures in excess of the official amount which is impressive although it is impossible to tell from the brands whether or not it is that certain cars attract certain types of drivers. The trouble is that some of these successful cars come from the same manufacturers as some of the worst. The very worst achiever scored a disgraceful 71.2% of the official figure. That’s a lot of petrol.

If we buy a product that doesn’t live up to its promotion we take it back to the shop yet we seem prepared to shrug our shoulders at the official figures and buy the car anyway. The answer is pretty simple. All brands have access to test tracks or routes where mpg could more accurately established. They could pull a new car out of the line, test it over a period of time in a variety of conditions and then offer us a realistic figure. We’d all be happy with that. Don’t hold your breath though.

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