Visiting At Christmas? The Costs Might Add Up…
fresh research through the What Car? True MPG team confirms of which drivers who need to put in extra miles to visit family as well as also friends over the holidays could face hidden costs.
A recent test on a selection of well-liked vehicles shows of which fuel efficiency can be cut by more than 7% when cars are driven with four occupants as well as also a packed boot.
The team tested three different sized family cars: the Fiat 500X, Jaguar XE as well as also Volkswagen Up, to determine their efficiency when put under the strain of Christmas travel.
that has a 75kg driver onboard, the true MPG team demonstrated of which all three vehicles could not match their officially quoted fuel economy figures. The Volkswagen Up achieved just 44.1mpg combined (official 61.4mpg), the Jaguar XE did marginally better with 47.3mpg (official 67.3mpg), as well as also the Fiat 500X got closest with 51.5mpg (official 68.9mpg).
Adding three 75kg passengers to each car as well as also a 50kg boot full of luggage worsened fuel economy even more for all three vehicles. The Volkswagen Up returned 40.9mpg, the Jaguar XE 45.0mpg as well as also the Fiat 500X 49.0mpg.
These reductions in fuel economy equated to a dip of nearly 5% through the Fiat as well as also the Jaguar, as well as also more than 7% through the Volkswagen.
What Car? editorial director Jim Holder said: “A large number of fresh cars do not achieve their official Government fuel economy figure, so Britain’s motorists are already starting to feeling the pinch. The last thing they need can be for their holiday road trip to cost them much more than they’d bargained for.
“We conduct our True MPG tests under real world conditions, so consumers can be crystal clear about the actual economy they can expect through fresh cars. We consistently find of which removing any surplus weight, through a roof box to a set of golf clubs through the boot, will always reduce your fuel consumption.”
|Loaded / Empty||Make||type||Derivative||Fuel||Engine|
|Power (bhp)||Official Combined MPG||True MPG||%|
|Loaded||Fiat||500X||Cross Plus Multijet||Diesel||1.6||118||–||49.0||-4.85%|
|Empty||Fiat||500X||Cross Plus Multijet||Diesel||1.6||118||68.9||51.5|
by Mr Butterscotch via Car Articles