Ford Fiesta And Kia Rio
Break 100mpg Barrier
(Monday 8 October 2012)
For years, competitors in the MPG Marathon organised by Fleet World magazine have been trying to achieve an average of over 100mpg in two days of real-world driving, but so far with no success.
The 2012 event was different. Two cars achieved three-figure fuel economy over a 370-miles route in the Cotswolds and south Wales, and it's a sign of how much development manufacturers have been putting in to this kind of thing that both of them were perfectly straightforward hatchbacks rather than special vehicles.
The first to record more than 100mpg was a Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi eco, which managed 102.21mpg, only to be beaten by the phenomenal 108.78mpg of a Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi ECOnetic. Intriguingly, both were driven by former rally drivers - Andy Dawson in the Ford and Mick Linford in the Kia. Even more intriguingly, Linford achieved the highest economy in the last three MPG Marathons with a diesel smart fortwo, but never quite reached 100mpg.
Third place went to journalist Chris Russon in a Peugeot 208 e-HDi, who was also third behind Dawson in the competition to see who could beat their car's EU combined economy figure by the greatest percentage. The winner here was Ian Murray of Derbyshire NHS Trust, who improved on his Citroen C1's official figure by 28.92% with 84.7mpg.