F - Figures

05 June 2006

Figures - Performance figures show you the acceleration, braking and economy you can expect from a particular model of car.

For acceleration, 0-60mph is the most commonly quoted figure. However, the time it takes to accelerate from 30-70mph is a better guide to a car's real-world performance, while in-gear figures (such as 50-70mph in fifth) give a good indication of the flexibility of the engine.

Take the official combined economy figure with a pinch of salt - it's useful for comparing cars, but few drivers will be able to match it in modern, congested driving conditions.

What Car? measures its own performance figures at a purpose-built test track.

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