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Real-world fuel consumption figures exposed

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Car buyers should look to the VW Golf SV 2.0 TDI if they want a car capable of getting close to its official claimed MPG figure, according to the latest batch of ‘True MPG’ test results.

The Volkswagen achieved more than 83% of its claimed fuel consumption of 58.9 MPG.

The BMW 218d Active Tourer is the next most likely not to disappoint when it comes to fulfilling official figures in the real world, on 56.2mpg

Since launching True MPG two years ago, almost 400 cars have been tested in real-world conditions, using cutting-edge test equipment, achieving economy figures that are an average of 19% lower than the Government figures.

At the other end of the scale, the Volvo V40 2.0 T5 R-Design was only capable of delivering 67.9% of its claimed 47.9 MPG – achieving a measly 32.5mpg.

The official figures are achieved under laboratory conditions and can rarely be replicated in the real world.

The True MPG data is scientifically calculated by experienced engineers, who drive test vehicles over a variety of real roads, including motorway, A and B roads and through towns and villages.

Government-sanctioned MPG tests data is proving unreliable because the tests are carried out in a laboratory. But when it comes to buying a car, for most buyers considering fuel consumption is amongst the most important attributes of a car.

Audi A3 Saloon 1.6 TDI Sport

Audi A3 Saloon 1.6 TDI Sport
Model Official: 72.4 MPG
True MPG: 52.7 MPG
(%) of official: 72.8%

Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI

Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI
Official: 67.3 MPG
True MPG: 46.3 MPG
(%) of official: 68.8%

Audi A6 2.0 TDI S line

Audi A6 2.0 TDI S line
Official: 61.4 MPG
True MPG: 47.8 MPG
(%) of official: 77.9%

BMW 218d Active Tourer

BMW 218d Active Tourer
Official: 68.9 MPG
True MPG: 56.2 MPG
(%) of official: 81.6%

Mini Cooper 1.5 D

Mini Cooper 1.5 D
Official: 78.5 MPG
True MPG: 58.7 MPG
(%) of official: 74.8%

Toyota-Yaris-1.33-VVT-I

Toyota Yaris 1.33 VVT-I
Official: 78.5 MPG
True MPG: 57.8 MPG
(%) of official: 73.6%

Volvo V40 2.0 T5 R-Design

Volvo V40 2.0 T5 R-Design
Official: 47.9 MPG
True MPG: 32.5 MPG
(%) of official: 67.8%

Volvo V40 2.0 D4 X-Country

Volvo V40 2.0 D4 X-Country
Official: 70.6 MPG
True MPG: 55.9 MPG
(%) of official: 79.2%

VW Golf SV 2.0 TDI

VW Golf SV 2.0 TDI
Official: 58.9 MPG
True MPG: 49 MPG
(%) of official: 83.2%

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