Latest True MPG results
Two estate cars have recently been tested. The Skoda Octavia Estate is big, practical and claims to be very fuel efficient. The team tested the 2.0 TDI with a manual gearbox and discovered it was economical, but not quite as efficient as official figures claim. It achieved a True MPG of 52.2mpg, which is more than 15mpg less than the official average economy of 67.3mpg.
The second estate is the Toyota Auris Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid VVT-i CVT. This averages a claimed 76.3mpg, but in our on-road testing it returned 58.7mpg, nearly 18mpg less than the official figure.
Small SUVs are becoming more popular and manufacturers are racing to release their own versions. The True MPG team has tested the Peugeot 2008 1.6 e-HDI 115 and the Renault Captur 1.5 dCi. The 2008 recorded an average economy of 57.7mpg in True MPG tests, which is 12.9mpg less than the claimed figure. The Captur averaged 58.3mpg, which is more than 18mpg less than the Government figure.
The last two to be added are both hot hatches: the Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Pack with a semi-automatic DSG gearbox, and the Mercedes-Benz A250 Engineered by AMG. The Golf returned 31.5mpg in True MPG tests, 12.6mpg less than its official figure, while the Mercedes achieved 33.5mpg, 12mpg below the claimed 45.6mpg.
Visit whatcar.com/truempg to see the full range of cars we’ve tested, and find out what you really can expect to achieve on UK roads.
By Matthew Burrow