Real-world MPG: economical MPVs

  • Practical family cars’ MPG compared
  • New Citroen C4 Picasso tested
  • Results indicate real-world fuel economy
  • Official fuel economy for the Citroen C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi is 70.6mpg, but our team recorded 59.4mpg along the test route.

    Official fuel economy for the Citroen C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi is 70.6mpg, but our team recorded 59.4mpg along the test route.

  • The Renault Scenic 1.5 dCi achieved 56.6mpg in our tests, which was 12.3mpg below the official figure of 68.9mpg.

    The Renault Scenic 1.5 dCi achieved 56.6mpg in our tests, which was 12.3mpg below the official figure of 68.9mpg.

  • The Toyota Verso 2.0 D4-D returned 50.4mpg, down 7.2mpg on the official figure.

    The Toyota Verso 2.0 D4-D returned 50.4mpg, down 7.2mpg on the official figure.

  • The 108bhp Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTi claims 54.3mpg, and achieved 52.3mpg in our real-world test.

    The 108bhp Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTi claims 54.3mpg, and achieved 52.3mpg in our real-world test.

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What Car? adds new models to its True MPG database every week, after they’re taken on a thorough road test by our experienced technicians. Our test routes and high-tech equipment means we can bring you real-world MPG figures rather than data from a laboratory test.

Last week, we added the new Citroen C4 Picasso to our database, so now we’re taking a look at rivals’ True MPG to see how it compares. All the cars below were tested with manual gearboxes.

Official fuel economy for the Citroen C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi is 70.6mpg, but our team recorded 59.4mpg along the test route – 11.2mpg below the Government data. Despite the deficit, the C4 Picasso is now the most economical MPV of its size that we’ve tested.

The next most efficient is the face-lifted Renault Scenic 1.5 dCi; it achieved 56.6mpg in our tests, which was 12.3mpg below the official figure of 68.9mpg.

Roomier MPVs from Toyota and Vauxhall are slightly further behind. In previous True MPG tests, the seven-seat Toyota Verso 2.0 D4-D returned 50.4mpg, down 7.2mpg on the official figure. The 108bhp Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTi has one of the smallest gaps between Government data and our True MPG result as it claims 54.3mpg, and achieved 52.3mpg in our real-world test. 

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.

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