Ford Fiesta And Kia Rio
Break 100mpg Barrier

(Monday 8 October 2012)

Ford Fiesta.

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.


When Fifth Gear tested the Rio, the slow one who kept revs at optimum and coasted where he could, got 40MPG, Vickey driving less sportily than normal got 36mpg and Tiff, driving like Tiff normally does got 18mpg. A little different to these new tests.

Certainly, and you could probably bring the Rio down to 5mpg if you tried. It takes an undoubted expert like Linford to achieve over 100mpg. As your example shows, driving technique makes a huge difference. So do road conditions - on another route (no hills, no traffic, perfect weather) the Rio and the Fiesta might have reached 120mpg with the same drivers.

The conditions which tests such as these happen in are so drastically interchangable that this kind of story really isn't headline worthy news.
The fact is a cars MPG 'number' is an incentive at best to lure drivers with less disposable income, or people with an eco-friendly attitude. It's not an actual fact about the car itself as this kind of test points out. This test was performed by a driving expert, on roads which differ greatly to the average city/town centre, and therefore the results are meaningless.
Example: my car is capable of 149mph, but reaching that speed on any road in britain with a driver such as me behind the wheel, is impossible. So publicising a car for a 'statistic' that's never going to happen is a complete waste of time in my honest opinion.

The driving was undoubtedly specialised but the route used was not. Barring a couple of on-the-day diversions, here it is:

Rather cynical lot here! Granted they were driving at maximum fuel economy and this was more of a test than proving there actual mpg but the mpg figures published with cars are a benchmark for you to gauge which cars are more economical, to suggest the figure is meaningless and a 3L V6 can be just as economical as a 1.6 is a little naive.

I have a12 year old Volvo V40 Estate and with carefull diving and I do not hang about I regularly get 50mpg from a 2litre petrol engine. Just go easy on your right foot

It would be nice if the mpg figure / puchase price / depreciation / insurance / running costs etc. were combined into an overall figure for most economical average annual mileage.

I for one would be interested in knowing the most economical car to drive overall.

older people cannot work out now what a gallon is because they buy in £s worth now and NOT IN GAallons .I hope youve got the message.

One UK gallon equals 4.55 litres (US gallons are significantly smaller). No doubt most motorists, of any age, buy fuel by price rather than by volume, but miles per gallon is by far the most common measure of fuel consumption in this country. In continental Europe they describe it in litres per 100 kilometres, but we don't see that catching on here in the near future.

Very good blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I'm planning to start my own blog soon but I'm a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I'm totally overwhelmed .. Any ideas? Cheers! best wishes!

This is an online magazine, not a blog. Suggest you find someone who runs an actual blog and ask them.

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