The Real Mpg
Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:11 PM
I pick up a Kuga two litre frozen white 163 ps powershift on the first of March, do I have to plan my shop journey around where the petrol stations are. Over to you?
Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:44 PM
Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:29 AM
Posted 12 March 2013 - 09:57 PM
I've got the American version (the Escape) and have managed to hit 29.8 MPG US (35.79 MPG Imperial) driving VERY carefully at 60 MPH. Setting the cruise at 70 MPH and just letting it do whatever in a severe headwind, it managed to hit 26 MPG (31.22 MPG Imperial).
Driving around town, not giving a care in the world what the fuel economy does, it gets 21.0 MPG (25.22 MPG Imperial)
Mine is the Titanium with the 2.0 Liter Ecoboost and Intelligent 4 wheel drive.
Note - if you take it into snow, it activates the 4WD automatically and the fuel economy drops off a cliff.
I'm not positive if the Escape is the mark 1 or 2 Kuga.
Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:24 PM
It *is* the same vehicle but you can't do a true MPG comparison because the American engines are considerably more powerful.
Mine is a 2.0 Liter Titanium Ecoboost - so a gas/petrol Turbocharged engine, and it's rated for 231 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque (240 HP on premium 91 octane). A handy converter I found shows that to be 234 PS and 365 Nm. I would expect the fuel economy of the less powerful engines in the UK to be higher.
Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:33 AM
Posted 13 March 2013 - 01:40 PM
That sounds similar to what the 1.6 liter turbo Ecoboost gets here with 2 wheel drive, supposed to be rated for 33 US MPG or 39 UK MPG on the open road. Ford doesn't offer a diesel option here on anything but the F-250 and larger pickup trucks.
Posted 13 March 2013 - 07:21 PM
Posted 13 March 2013 - 07:46 PM
as the miles increase the MPG will improve Ray, my wife gets a new company car every 6 months and the last 4 cars have been diesels, and we've noticed the MPG improves once the car had a few thousand miles on the clock, and by quite a margin, unfortunately as soon as she starts to get the best MPG they change her car again i think when you get about 5-7k on the clock it will improve quite dramatically even if you go to most manufactures regarding the MPG they wont even test a diesel till its got a few miles on the clock
Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:02 PM
It does say in the manual not to even try figuring out MPG until you have 1000 miles, and that 3000 miles would be better.
Posted 14 March 2013 - 06:54 AM
Posted 14 March 2013 - 06:59 AM
On a side note just bought a in car video recorder, used it for the first time, it's ok not as good as the old bills one, but would help in a difficult situation, it will help you or hang you, either way not a bad thing to have.
P.S I hope
Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:46 PM
lol yea Ray, i usually nick her motor when i'm away on business get her to fill the car then i claim mileage back lol win win think thats why she wants me to buy my own new car lol,
as to your in car video, i have a set up on my trike ( pedal trike not motor well small electric motor for when i get tired ) but it records whats going on around me after a few close calls invested in it so i'll have evidence when / if something nasty happens, been lucky so far but better safe than sorry, I've been looking at a few on ebay, where did you get yours any links? they seem to range in price for in car from a few ££ to mega bucks... the one on my trike i paid £60 for the camera and £20 for the mount (on handle bars)
Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:02 PM
The picture quality is ok you won't win awards with it, but it does show you what's going on in front of you, the colours are goodish, for let's face it a cheap camera, I would happily show it to a copper and I think it would leave him or her in NO doubt about what went on. It does not give you GPS or other information just bad sound quality and a pic.
So you takes your choice Eamonn. I think, it's two out of five. I've heard bad things
About the cable catches fire or melts, mine ant yet, then there's the moans about the quality of the picture, but as long as you can see what's what,I think some want BBC camera for under £60, it ant going to happen my friend. Sorry about the rotation of this attachment blooming iPads
For anyone wanting one from Maplins, I go for the cheaper VGA one clearer pics. As the HD is not real HD, so a win, win just £35 British pounds and use the saving to get a class ten 8 meg card.
Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:40 PM
Thanks fella might give Maplins a look at the weekend, didn't think of them, but there only down the road from me, cheers £60.00 seems reasonable and as long as you can make out whats happened it'll do for me, i don't want to win an Oscar for my film work lol, looks like it can take up to 32gb how does it attach is it a sucker on the window?
cheers for the info and pics fella
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