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 mean that we can bring you real-world MPG figures rather than data from a laboratory test.
This week we’re taking a look at some of the most economical SUVs that we’ve tested so far. All these models have diesel engines and manual gearboxes, and all return more than 50mpg in our real-world tests.
1. Renault Captur 1.5 dCi Dynamique MediaNav – official 76.4mpg: True MPG 58.3mpg
The best True MPG result recorded so far for any SUV is 58.3mpg, from the Renault Captur 1.5 dCi. The car is also our favourite mini-SUV, beating the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Skoda Yeti in a recent What Car? group test.
2. Peugeot 2008 1.5 e-HDi Feline – official 70.6mpg: True MPG 57.7mpg
The 2008 is almost as economical as the Captur, and its 57.7mpg in the hands of our technicians is actually nearer to its official figure than the Renault manages to achieve.
= 3. Skoda Yeti 1.6 TDI CR Greenline II Elegance – official 61.4mpg: True MPG 55.7mpg
The Yeti is about to be replaced by a face-lifted model, but the engine line-up is carried over. That means the 2014 car should be able to return similarly impressive fuel economy.
= 3. Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.6 DDiS SZ5 – official 67.2mpg: True MPG 55.7mpg
The SX4 S-Cross is a much bigger car than the one it replaces, but that doesn’t mean that it drinks a lot more fuel. In fact, the new Suzuki matches the Skoda Yeti’s True MPG figure of 55.7mpg.
5. Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI Bluemotion S – official 53.3mpg: True MPG 51.7mpg
The Tiguan is classy, spacious and good to drive. It also comes very close to matching its official MPG figure, returning 51.7mpg on our test route.
The X1 isn’t the most practical SUV in its class, but its low running costs are appealing. The efficient sDrive20d model achieved a result of 50.8mpg.
The Qashqai is one of the top 10 best-selling cars in the UK, and in 1.6 dCi guise it’s also reasonably cheap to fuel. It managed 50.6mpg in the hands of our True MPG team.
8. Nissan Juke 1.5 dCi Acenta Premium – official 58.9mpg: True MPG 50.5mpg
This impressive result was achieved before Nissan upgraded the Juke’s diesel engine to a more efficient version. The new car’s official fuel economy of 67.3mpg looks promising, so we’ll be testing this model soon.
You can also visit whatcar.com/truempg to see the full range of cars we’ve fuel tested, and find out what you really can expect to get to the gallon on UK roads.