Real-world MPG: economical estates

  • New Toyota hybrid estate added to database
  • Chevrolet and Hyundai seven-seat SUVs tested
  • Results indicate real-world fuel economy
The True MPG technicians test new cars every week at What Car?. However, unlike Government data that comes from a laboratory test, our team takes each car on a thorough test drive that produces the numbers needed to deliver real-world MPG figures.

The latest models added to the True MPG database include the all-new Toyota Auris Touring Sports estate, and the updated Chevrolet Captiva SUV.

The Toyota Auris Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid CVT managed a respectable 58.7mpg in our tests, although this is a 17.6mpg deficit on its headline-grabbing official figure.

The Toyota's result is better than the 55.1mpg recorded for the Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6 diesel in an earlier test, which was 19.2mpg down on the claimed economy.

The Kia Ceed Sportswagon 1.6 diesel is a similar price to the Toyota hybrid, and it's one the most economical estates tested by the True MPG team so far: we recorded 58.9mpg, only 5.3mpg below the government data.

Our technicians have also recently tested the new seven-seat Chevrolet Captiva. Official economy for its 2.2-litre diesel engine is 35.7mpg, and it managed just 2.9mpg below this, with an average 32.8mpg.

However, the Hyundai Sante Fe is also a 2.2 diesel available as a seven-seater, and it did considerably better in an earlier test. It achieved 42.1mpg, which was 5.8mpg down on the official figures.

Visit to see the full range of cars we’ve tested, and find out what you really can expect to achieve on UK roads.

By Ed Callow

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