Real MPG: the cars that beat official fuel economy figures

Official fuel economy figures are closer to reality than ever according to What Car?'s unique Real MPG testing, but some models do even better. Here are the 10 best, plus three that fell way shor...

For many years, the official fuel economy figures cited by car manufacturers were often way in excess of what drivers would experience in the real world. Image 1 of 21

A 40mpg car could easily be capable of just 30mpg. Drivers would be left frustrated, and hit in the wallet with greater-than-expected fuel bills.

That's where What Car?'s Real MPG steps in. Our fully-independent, in-depth economy tests reveal the how much fuel your car will really use across a range of roads. Let's take a look: