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What mpg does your car really do?

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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.

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.

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 10-Apr-13 20:25:46

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.

northernmonkey Wed 10-Apr-13 20:58:15

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

thereinmadnesslies Wed 10-Apr-13 21:37:29

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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Readyisknitting Wed 10-Apr-13 23:17:59

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.

BabylonReturns Thu 11-Apr-13 06:38:34

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.........

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