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#16 artscot79

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 08:39 PM

OK,OK. Calm down :D
Thought as mine has only done 2900 miles and is still loosening up, it would be an interesting comparison. So is that typical mpg for a Mk 3 as it does appear to be pretty poor?

this is how the official figures determined this is done using no aircon etc and with 1 occupant

Firstly, they are not measured on the road, but in a lab on a rolling road, and not by calculating the actual fuel used, but the exhaust emissions and from that working out the economy.

The car conducts two routes, over a total distance of just 6.8 miles. All of which is on the flat. The urban figure is measured over 2.5 miles, at a maximum speed of 31mph and an average of 12mph. The extra-urban test is 4.3 miles at speeds of up to 75mph, but averaging 39mph. The combined figure is simply a weighted average of the two.

The tests are run without air-con, lighting or audio equipment and, because the tests have to accommodate commercial vehicles, the acceleration components allow 50 seconds to reach 62mph, which is not how most people drive.

All of which Iím sure is very scientific and repeatable, but is it representative? We certainly very rarely get close to the claimed figures in our tests, which may not have the total accuracy of a lab test, but I think are more thorough and realistic of what you, as an owner are likely to achieve.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 09:23 PM

All of which I’m sure is very scientific and repeatable, but is it representative? We certainly very rarely get close to the claimed figures in our tests, which may not have the total accuracy of a lab test, but I think are more thorough and realistic of what you, as an owner are likely to achieve.

Not a truer word said. One cannot realistically achieve the advertised performance on the road. In fact the mixed urban published figures are more likely what you could achieve through careful motorway driving.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 09:38 PM

Not a truer word said. One cannot realistically achieve the advertised performance on the road. In fact the mixed urban published figures are more likely what you could achieve through careful motorway driving.


really they are useless figures which makes you wonder why bother trying to explain to a friend why his was low was a mare...weather conditions roads stopping braking hills wind direction and speed in the end i gave up personally i find that getting up to a comfortable speed and 5th gear quickly helps mpg then feather the throttle but sometimes the foot hits the floor and the mpg can kiss it lol :P we are all slaves to money so sod it ill jut spend a bit more on fuel does put a smile on my face though

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 09:42 PM

really they are useless figures which makes you wonder why bother trying to explain to a friend why his was low was a mare...weather conditions roads stopping braking hills wind direction and speed in the end i gave up personally i find that getting up to a comfortable speed and 5th gear quickly helps mpg then feather the throttle but sometimes the foot hits the floor and the mpg can kiss it lol :P we are all slaves to money so sod it ill jut spend a bit more on fuel does put a smile on my face though

Good idea !!! My task then now I will see how low I can get MPG !!!! Foot to the floor and 😄

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 09:44 PM

Good idea !!! My task then now I will see how low I can get MPG !!!! Foot to the floor and 😄


thats the spirit :P:):rolleyes::lol::D

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 08:17 AM

I would expect yours to have done alot more mate ?


Have tried the brimming and calculating method. Reckon best is 46.6mpg on a full tank. Certainly expected better than this. Ford reckon you don't see true economy until 8-10k on engine. We'll see about that as I now have 7,500 miles on it.

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