If you could guess which car is the most economical and has the highest miles per gallon, which would you choose? Well, for the twelfth year running, Fleet World Magazine have organised their annual ALD Automotive/Shell Fuelsave MPG Marathon, and the results are in.
The winner is the Ford’s Fiesta Econetic with a staggering result of 108.78 mpg. The Ford was driven by former rally drivers Andy Dawson and Andrew Marriott. Second place went to the Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi eco, driven by another former rally driver, Mick Linford, with 102.21mpg; a result which originally was thought to be unbeatable. This is the first time in history that a car has broken the 100mpg record, and this year the marathon saw two cars meet this challenge.
The marathon does not test these cars in lab conditions, the driving route is set out across a variety of roads and motorways in South Wales, the Cotswolds and also the South Midlands. It is a challenging 370 mile route over a two day period, incorporating all types of weather conditions.
The entrants were varied, including cars and vans from a variety of manufacturers and the drivers included not only race and rally drivers but also some journalists and fleet managers.
Coming in third with a respectable 93.4mpg was the Peugeot 208 e-HDI driven by a motoring journalist and Peugeot’s PR manager.
Not only does this marathon test the MPG of the car but challenges it’s drivers to better the fuel consumption figure officially given to their vehicles. The winner would be the driver who has improved the figure the most. This year this prize went to the Citroen C1 1.0 VTR with an improvement of 28.92 percent, whilst only two cars actually failed to beat the official figure given.
On the commercial side of things, the winner of the best mpg was a Vauxhall Vivaro ecoFLEX 2.0 CDTi covering the route on less than six gallons of diesel.
The marathon has demonstrated clearly that no matter what type of vehicle you own, it is possible, through smarter driving, to achieve substantial cost savings. Interestingly,average improvements were 16% on fuel and emissions economy. This should make drivers see that the official figures are a target to beat not a maximum out of reach goal.
Darren Storey is the owner of Van Parts 4U, the UK’s leading online salvage yard.