I read somewhere the other day that my Focus 1.6 should be capable of up to 48mpg. Has anyone out there ever had a fuel consumption anywhere near that ?
I put a lot of effort into being an efficient driver, I use maximum concentration and anticipation to try to minimise braking*, in fact the other day I drove all the way from Scotch Corner on the A1(M) to junc 36 of the M1 without braking at all, though I admit it was a Saturday so there were fewer trucks on the road ! Furthermore I try to stick to 65mph on the cruise control, yet even on a long run nearly all motorway or A roads the best I ever get in mpg is low 40s. From memory my old 1988 vintage 1.3 Ford Escort did better than that, and I used to drive that faster, maybe cruising at an indicated 75.
* I actually think that (unless someone pulls out on you) a good driver using decent anticipation and concentration should never have to use their brake at all on the motorway.