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.

Oodsigma Wed 10-Apr-13 15:56:15

Toyota Yaris 53 reg 1.3 currently getting 50.1mpg.

Renault grand Scenic ( just got rid of it) 05 reg 1.6 was doing 38.4mpg.

Can't comment on new car yet as it doesn't have the right button and we are still on first tank.

froginthepond Wed 10-Apr-13 16:01:20

I have a VW Touareg. Not sure what its official mpg is but i get about 25mpg on average. Never seen it go above 30. Dont think its way off though. Its a 07 plate.

HarrietSchulenberg Wed 10-Apr-13 16:06:36

02 Galaxy. 38-40 mpg on 25 mile A road run, 45+ on motorways. So its computer says. I haven't actually measured the fuel or anything.

HarrietSchulenberg Wed 10-Apr-13 16:07:03

Sorry, 1.9TDi GhiaX.

cleas Wed 10-Apr-13 16:15:28

My little seat Ibiza gets a minimum average of 60mpg (if I concentrate I can get over 70). It's the cheapest car to run that I've ever owned. Also road tax being zero at the moment makes it even better.
The Saab estate we've got manages an average if about 28mpg... Not quite what we were told when we bought it wink

JollyPurpleGiant Wed 10-Apr-13 16:30:39

My 2009 Citroen Berlingo Multispace XTR 1.6l diesel usually gets 45.5mpg according to the computer. I can average this on most tanks of fuel. I've been driving carefully the past week or so and I've currently got it up to 47.8mpg smile

JollyPurpleGiant Wed 10-Apr-13 16:31:29

I reckon this is pretty good for such a large car.

ceebeegeebies Wed 10-Apr-13 16:57:41

Mazda2 (13 plate) - according to the screen, it is doing about 38 mpg although I have only had it a couple of weeks so I guess the 'average' hasn't calculated properly yet.

Not sure what the official guidance is.

ceebeegeebies Wed 10-Apr-13 16:58:09

Sorry, it is a 1.3 engine smile

Areyoumadorisitme Wed 10-Apr-13 17:15:27

Renault grand scenic 1.9 diesel 58 plate - 35-40mpg around town with up to late 40s on a motorway journey, have had up to 55 when being super careful and driving at 56mph but very difficult to maintain that.

ouryve Wed 10-Apr-13 17:20:01

57 reg Mazda 6 2.0 TS gets about 40mpg - DH does very little town or city driving in it, which would probably make it less efficient. He still doesn't get the mpg quoted for the model, though. 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.

LIZS Wed 10-Apr-13 17:20:22

1.2 16v Renault Clio (2004) 38 ish - local short journeys, town traffic

FaceLikeAPickledOnion Wed 10-Apr-13 17:38:47

51 plate vw estate diesel, very fuel efficient, usually 55-60 mpg. It's why we're reluctant to get a newer car.

myhandslooksoold Wed 10-Apr-13 17:46:30

52 plate s max 2 litre diesel between 44-45 mpg
52 plate Nissan note petrol 1.4 litre approx 48mpg.
Both driven reasonable speeds, neither racing or crawling.
Good idea to post the true mpg's, rather than the advertised rates. Hth.

AvrilPoisson Wed 10-Apr-13 17:51:09

Mercedes A class, 57 plate, usually 29mpg on school run (stop/start all the way there, and back). Nowhere near what was advertised! angry grrr

ceebeegeebies Wed 10-Apr-13 17:55:30

Just checked the official guidelines on my car which states it should do an average of 56.5 mpg - a bit different from the 38 mpg that it is actually doing hmm

fengirl1 Wed 10-Apr-13 17:56:24

Cmax 1.6 diesel does around 50 mpg - and road tax only £30.

Jins Wed 10-Apr-13 18:02:12

Mini Cooper - official figure is 52.3 and I'm getting 42. I do a lot of short journeys round town though

chickydoo Wed 10-Apr-13 18:05:25

Freelander 2012
Diesel 35mpg

SweepTheHalls Wed 10-Apr-13 18:09:28

Renault Grand Modus, 58 plate, 1.4l engine, 51 mpg

lljkk Wed 10-Apr-13 18:10:59

Petrol 2011 Fiat 500 and 49mpBg on avg. Far below published figures. Must admit I am surprised, our other cars (older diesels) beat published figures by similar margin.
If I get new job I will do about 15k miles per yr; damn, wish I had bought diesel Fiat now.

Costypop Wed 10-Apr-13 18:20:20

Sokda Fabia green line estate on short trips around 68mpg longer ones its been running at 84mpg and there is no tax!

SimoneDeBeaver Wed 10-Apr-13 18:24:19

55 plate Volvo XC70 diesel automatic, 40mpg

Dodge Journey 19
10 plate 2.0l CRD does me around 45mpg. Computer shows 38ish, but thats American gallons so I think Im right in adding 20%....

Husbands Audi R8 does 13mpg on a good day hmm

ClaraOswinOswald Wed 10-Apr-13 18:32:32

Same as lljkk but my car is a 2010 model. Not as good as I'd hoped either.

trashcansinatra Wed 10-Apr-13 18:46:46

Jeep Compass 2.2 Diesel. Computer says about 37mpg (not sure if that's US gallons or UK) but on long journeys (without caravan!) can get just over 40.

Fiat 500C 1.2 petrol. Mostly short journeys and about 48mpg. Well short of the promised 63, but still really good.

My DN used to work in the motor trade and she claims every car does about 10mpg until the engine is properly warm, so if you want a real reading, reset the computer when it's warm.

usuallyfoundinthefastlane Wed 10-Apr-13 18:52:51

Seat Leon 2.0 petrol. Latest reading was 24.4 mpg, 10 less than published figures, was mostly on motorway, not good but my driving style probably not help!

lljkk Wed 10-Apr-13 18:55:22

In a way that's reassuing to hear, Clara. We are right eco-freak drivers so I am extra surprised at the mileage. At least we still get benefit of £30 road tax and ability to park almost anywhere.

CMOTDibbler Wed 10-Apr-13 18:56:13

Mercedes A class 2l diesel auto, 47.8 overall, and I do tend to thrash it a bit. On long motorway journeys I get over 50

MrsHiddleston Wed 10-Apr-13 18:56:26

I have absolutely no idea... blush I'm amazed people know this fact about their cars.

BackforGood Wed 10-Apr-13 19:03:37

That's what I was thinking MrsH - but I think some newer cars have this come up in a display on the dashboard.

lljkk Wed 10-Apr-13 19:05:13

I thought it was normal to keep track, lol.
How else can you start to figure out how much a journey costs?
I would keep track anyway (background in cost benefit analysis).

ceebeegeebies Wed 10-Apr-13 19:06:01

Yes mine tells me on my dashboard otherwise I wouldn't have a clue wink

LadyMountbatten Wed 10-Apr-13 19:10:12

i read this as what mpg does my CAT really do, a bit disappointed its cars tbh

JollyPurpleGiant Wed 10-Apr-13 19:11:14

Yes, my car's computer calculates it. I reset it every fuel refill so I can keep an eye on it smile

As I said already, my mpg is around the 45 mark most of the time and I've got it up to neatly 48 at the moment.

Here are the published figures:

Urban Fuel 45.6 mpg
Extra Urban 58.9 mpg
Combined 53.3 mpg

I don't get anywhere near the Extra Urban numbers even though I mainly drive rurally. The town numbers are not far off though.

BackforGood Wed 10-Apr-13 19:11:56

Thing is lljkk - I don't want to know how much it costs. I have to do the journey(s) anyway, and am horrified by the cost of fuel, so I really don't want to keep being reminded of what it costs to do stuff I feel is usually essential, or at least important. wink

LadyMountbatten Wed 10-Apr-13 19:12:24

( plus i have NO idea re mpg - who cares?!)

Officially 34mpg, actual ...19mpg ... On motorway !!!

About 15-20mpg. Advertised at arnd 30. One of the reasons I'm trading it in....

MrsHiddleston Wed 10-Apr-13 19:37:35

Aaahhh right so some people have cars that actually show this information. I see. I really wouldn't even hazard a guess. I'm off to google!

KelleStar Wed 10-Apr-13 19:38:28

Citroen C3 Picasso '59 plate 1.6 Diesel 48 mpg average in a rural-ish location. No idea what it's meant to be.

MrsHiddleston Wed 10-Apr-13 19:39:15

Google says urban 31, extra urban 51.4... I am none the wiser wink

Twinklestarstwinklestars Wed 10-Apr-13 19:41:45

Our 57 reg galaxy says 43.3mpg

MrsHiddleston Wed 10-Apr-13 19:48:19

Oh mine was vw golf BTW.

crispychicken Wed 10-Apr-13 19:50:20

Mondeo ST220 V6 petrol estate. 23.9mpg day to day, including motorway trips. 'Officially' it should do 26mpg. OH did 6mpg in the city in it on Sat confused

Nothing anymore as the bugger had to be scrapped at the weekend after the engine went beyond repair sad

But it was an 05 Mazda 6 2l turbo diesel and 40 mpg max.

3 series bmw estate. I drive mainly on A road and get around 50mph. Is diesel car and think some turbo mumble.

Yaris Hybrid, less than a year old. 1.5l hybrid engine. 60mpg pretty consistently, though the website says anything up to 89mpg is possible. I don't make any particular effort to get more than 60!

ScoffedAnEggInSixtySeconds Wed 10-Apr-13 20:17:10

Wow, this is really interesting! My deeply ancient (1999) Audi A4 estate 1.8 petrol does 38mpg around town, up to about 42 if it is on the motorway.

But she is getting to the end of her life sad I have owned her for 10 years and done 180 thousand miles) and I was looking at the Mazda 6... but I am now wondering if I should!

COCKadoodledooo Wed 10-Apr-13 20:17:29

Somewhere around 27mpg is average I guess. When it's running properly anyway.

1968 Morris Traveller with a 1275 Marina engine. I think the manual for the original engine quotes mid-30s for mpg so she's not doing to badly considering she's 44!

Wigeon Wed 10-Apr-13 20:23:00

Having done a rough calculation (14 year old car, so we have worked this out manually), we reckon it does 35mpg. Official is probably 40mpg.

Ford Focus 1.6 zetec, 14 years old (S-reg), 5 door hatchback, gone 125,000 miles (equivalent of 15 times round the earth, or half way to the moon grin!) so reckon we are doing pretty well.

Scoffed I can't deny ours hasn't been great as the cam belt went 6 months ago and various other bits. It has probably been the worst car we have owned for sucking cash. But my friend has a petrol version and hasn't had a peep of trouble. Sometimes it is just bad luck.

It was a nice car to be a passenger in but dh says it was dull as ditch water to drive!

Guendaline Wed 10-Apr-13 20:38:23

Renault grandscenic from 2011 with stop and start technology. Diesel engine. Was advertised as doing a whopping 60 mpg (and that's the main reason why we bought it). Instead it does around 40 mpg, 42 mpg if we're extra careful.hmm

SlinkyB Wed 10-Apr-13 20:41:50

2003 VW Golf GT TDi. Official stats say it should do 54mpg, which I can get if I'm extra careful, but I'd say 40-50 is average.

drjohnsonscat Wed 10-Apr-13 20:46:21

Honda hybrid does 60 on the motorway but I'm never on the motorway so it's more like 25-30 around town on average.

I have a 52 plate diesel, Citroen Zara Picasso and that does 45mpg

MrsShrek3 Wed 10-Apr-13 21:10:05

Toyota yaris 1.3 daily running around 50mpg, long/mway distances 58-60+ grin
I heart my yaris grin

We've just got rid of an 08 ford focus diesel zetec estate. With careful driving the best mpg was 45, way below the published figures.

thishouseisashittip Wed 10-Apr-13 21:47:27

Citroen c4 Picasso VTR+ 1.6 diesel semi-auto, 59 plate does in the low 50's on average. I know this cause my DH tells me the average mpg after EVERY journeygrin

Lyftiduft Wed 10-Apr-13 22:24:18

55 plate Nissan Almera Tino (mini MPV), 1.8 SE petrol.
Averaging 35mpg, it hates the cold and short journeys, and running the air con. So basically this stupidly long winter has made it guzzle petrol. It does 38-40ish on longer journeys in the summer, woooo! Good car though.

memphis83 Wed 10-Apr-13 22:31:10

2004 ford cmax 2.0 does 48 mpg (diesel)

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Little car- Peugeot 306, Y plate, 2.0 ltr engine, about 45mpg on long drives.

Big car- Mazda bongo N plate, 2.5 ltr engine, diesel, about 20mpg, 26 when on motorways for any distance. Not so crap in comparison with some on here which is surprising. Tax is a killer, £215 a year sad

mummytime Wed 10-Apr-13 23:39:30

Honda Jazz about 30mpg if just used in town, 50 mpg on long journeys.

charlieandlola Thu 11-Apr-13 00:23:21

2011 Mini One Diesel. 50-60mpg depending on whether I put the Aircon on or not, and keep to
70 on the m way. Has Stop start which also helps but freaks me out .

Volvo XC90. - 35 mpg average - not bad for 2.5 ton 7 seater the size of Africa.

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

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.

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.

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

Honda Jazz 1.4, 2010.

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

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


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.

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.

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!!

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.........

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!!!

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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!

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

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

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 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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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"

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.

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