Don't get me wrong - I really do like the car. Also, if you accept that all manufacturers are doing the same - then we should still benefit from a Fiesta quoted at 67 rather than a.n.other quoted at 55 (for example)
What I am going to try and find out though is how they (not just Ford) are allowed to use such (accepted) misleading figures in their literature. Surely this goes against some kind of Trading Standards guides. There must be paramaters that they are required to stay within (or they may as well quote 100 mpg) - I am just curious to find whether this is +/- 30%
Please also don't assume I am simply very naiive on this - I have had a large No of cars that averaged from as low as 18mpg to 50+ ..... I have honestly been surprised that this Fiesta, ignoring the claimed 67 for a sec, is not getting any higher than 47!!
There allowed to do it as all cars are tested from the same standard. Yes the figures are unobtainable but you just have to use the same set of figures for each car to compare
So youll find most manufacturers are probably 20% out so knock that figure off all cars whether it be a VW, Alfa, porsche etc and whether it is a 1.25 or 2.5 or 5.0 litre
In saying all that, i still drive my clio 2005 1.5dci 100bhp and it never ever drops below 54mpg no matter how fast i drive it and on what roads. On the motorway i can get 62mpg if i stay between 60 and 70mph. Now those figures are not that far off the official figures. So i suppose sometimes you can drop lucky
ill keep you all posted as to what the wife and i get out of the fiesta 1.6TDCI but remember ive found the fuel computer to be 2mpg out. Tested it 3 times.