The mpg figures published in sales brochures can tempt you into buying a particular car, but those results can be misleading. Fortunately, What Car?'s True MPG tests reveal what sort of fuel economy you can expect in the real world.
To ensure accuracy and repeatability, our tests are conducted under strictly controlled laboratory conditions but based on a real route that takes in urban, A-road and motorway driving.
Best real MPG MPVs and estates
8. Volkswagen Sharan 2.0 TDI 150
Official fuel economy: 56.5mpg; True MPG: 39.3mpg; Shortfall: 30.4%
There’s no doubting the practicality of the roomy, seven-seat Volkswagen Sharan, but with real-world fuel economy just shy of 40mpg the 2.0-litre diesel won’t be the cheapest MPV to run. The good news is that the Sharan should be worth more than its sibling, the Ford Galaxy, when it’s time to sell.
Watch our video review of the Volkswagen Sharan
Official fuel economy: 62.8mpg; True MPG: 40.2mpg; Shortfall: 35.9%
The big Volvo estate doesn’t only offer enough space for a flat-pack wardrobe, it’s also refined and well equipped. Pick the lower powered D4 2.0 diesel and it’s cheap to own, too. Its True MPG figure 40.2mpg is marginally less than Audi’s rival A6 Avant.
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