What mpg does your car really do?

(92 Posts)
AlexMumsnetCars (MNHQ) Wed 10-Apr-13 15:17:52

What Car? has revealed that more than 95% of cars it tested failed to achieve their official fuel economy (click here for the full story in Mumsnet Cars). So what mpg figures do your cars manage in reality? Include your car's model, engine, trim and age if you can.

landofsoapandglory Thu 25-Apr-13 17:14:14

I have a Renault Scenic 1.5dCi 61plate. The computer says it has averaged 51.8mpg since we have had it.

TheVDM Thu 25-Apr-13 07:13:52

My cars
2003 Kia Rio LX (1.3l) gets a constant 39-41mpg.
1998 Rover 800 Si Fastback (2.0l) sensible driving 25-30mpg, heavy footed 20-25mpg.

My mums car
2006 VW Golf Plus (1.6l) average 35mpg (although I do get scared when being a passenger in my mums car)

These figures (except my mums) are based on my usual commute to work which is approx 10 miles of lanes or town followed by a 10 mile stint on a dual carriageway

Personally I think the Rio is very good considering they can easily be bought for under £1000, just don't expect to get an adult in the back especially if the driver is 6'3"

Wineandchoccy Wed 17-Apr-13 12:55:28

VW Golf 2.0 TDI 09 Plate - I get 58 mpg usually. I'm a rep so mixture of urban and motorway driving. Have had 65 mpg but that was on a very long journey.

Due to upgrade my car later this year and am going to order the same car as everything I've looked at the mpg ratings are terrible.

I'm really surprised with these figures, I always thought our bongo's economy was crap, and yet many newer cars have similar fuel economy.

Prawntoast Thu 11-Apr-13 23:44:54

fiesta 1.25 zetec '59 plate, 35-38mpg but its all very urban. When I can get it on a run out of town it's nearer 45. I've no idea what the official figures are but I think the advertising standards bods are going to start issuing revised guidance on how car adverts have to explain their official figures, pointing out that they don't produce them by driving on real roads etc.

ouryve Thu 11-Apr-13 23:35:04

MIL had a Zafira. We hated it (and DH is sworn off vauxhalls, anyhow!). We love pretty much everything about this one, except its need for a good burn every now and then. It's really hard to get it up to 3000 revs - DH ends up doing 70mph in 4th to get it there!

Ponders Thu 11-Apr-13 23:05:02

ouryve Wed 10-Apr-13 17:20:01
57 reg Mazda 6
Being a diesel, it needs knocking down into 4th, periodically, on long journeys, to get the revs up, or else it ends up with warning lights flashing.

We had an 08 Mazda5 diesel briefly, ourvye - until I found out about that flashing lights issue

traded down to an older Zafira with no DPF & no flashing lights grin

Ponders Thu 11-Apr-13 22:58:26

& DH has 1.6L (I think) diesel Kia ceed estate, 61 plate, gets a bit over 50mpg (should be better but he's always in the wrong gear hmm)

Ponders Thu 11-Apr-13 22:55:03

I have a 2004 2.0 diesel Zafira & average around 43mpg

ScoffedAnEggInSixtySeconds Thu 11-Apr-13 19:13:20

What I find really interesting is that those of us with 'older' cars seem to be getting really competitive mpg compared with much newer cars and I didn't expect that to be the case at all!

WMittens Thu 11-Apr-13 18:51:01

About time. Manufacturers have to publish the MPG as calculated under New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) conditions - the test is far from real world conditions, and is nothing more than a comparable factor between different vehicles.

AlexMumsnetCars (MNHQ) Thu 11-Apr-13 12:14:14

This is really useful stuff - keep it coming!

If you want to check the official mpg figure of any current model, go to Mumsnet Cars and search for your car in the drop-down menu on the homepage or the Car Reviews section - make sure you select the review from our partners at What Car?.

At the bottom of this review there's a link to the car's full specs from What Car? Half way down the specs page you'll find every model listed; choose yours and scroll down to the 'Key facts' including your car's official average mpg (aka official combined mpg).

If your car has already been tested in What Car?'s True MPG programme, you can compare both its official and real-world mpg figures at www.whatcar/com/truempg. The results can be quite eye-opening shock

TobyLerone Thu 11-Apr-13 11:25:16

Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo 2011 1.2l turbo.

I get an average of 36-37mpg around town and up to 50mpg on the motorway. I could get better if I drove it more carefully (my mum borrowed it for a week and boasted of getting it into the 60s mpg) but it's too much fun!

Spikeinhiscoat Thu 11-Apr-13 09:43:21

Ford Focus 2006 1.6 LX petrol, don't know the official figures, but I get about 37 mpg.

mistlethrush Thu 11-Apr-13 09:16:15

Skoda Octavia Estate 1.9TD 10 plates between 49 - 54mpg, 56 on long, not-pushing it motorway journeys.

MissRee Thu 11-Apr-13 09:11:04

Ford Mondeo Zetec S - 2.5l V6 - 51 plate. Probably about 20mpg but 1,000,000spm (smiles per mile) grin

Hulababy Thu 11-Apr-13 07:57:38

Dh's Golf R is lucky to reach 20mpg most days! On longer motorway drives it can go more, but not sure much more!!!

BeckAndCall Thu 11-Apr-13 07:36:33

2010 diesel SMAX does average of 47 mpg all journeys, but last long motorway trip of round trip 600 miles did 57mpg.
About twice what the previous petrol Galaxy did.........

Officially we should be getting 42.8 mpg on our 53 plate vw touran 2.0 tsi 140bhp, but we're actually getting an average of about 54, so I'm happy with that for an old nail of a car!!

NightLark Thu 11-Apr-13 06:35:02

Renault grand scenic 10 plate, about 34mpg but we do live in a very very hilly area.
Little 02 yaris with 1 litre engine, no idea but after 7 years I still forget which side the fuel cap is as it is rarely at the petrol station.

Bilbobagginstummy Thu 11-Apr-13 03:46:30

Oops!

I get about the urban figure: I sit in traffic a lot on a supposedly rural commute and get about 45mpg. On country roads I can get about 55mpg when tooling along; bit less on the motorway.

So not a million miles off but the "combined" figure isn't what I get due to nature of most of my driving.

Bilbobagginstummy Thu 11-Apr-13 03:43:47

Honda Jazz 1.4, 2010.

Officially: urban 42.8, extra urban 58.9, combined 51.4.

MirandaWest Thu 11-Apr-13 00:43:01

05 VW golf 1.9 TDi
Always does over 50mpg unless a very short journey. Generally about 53 or 54mpg although sometimes nearer 60mpg which is satisfying.

beanandspud Thu 11-Apr-13 00:33:09

Honda CR-V, 2.2l diesel (61 plate) does around 40mpg which I'm quite happy about. I do about 25,000 miles a year which is a real mix of city/motorway driving.

BackforGood Thu 11-Apr-13 00:27:57

Think I'm going to put a 'watch' on this, to refer to in the future when we next change our car.
Am shocked how much some of your bigger cars are doing smile

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