Fuel economy: Who to believe?

2012-06-14 09:21

A survey carried out by Motorpoint, the UK’s leading car supermarket, has shown that a staggering 83% of British drivers believe automakers exaggerate the fuel-efficiency data of their products.

The poll was conducted on Motorpoint's website and received more than 2000 responses. We've added a poll on Wheels24's website to see what South African drivers believe - go and vote now.


Over the past few years, Motorpoint says, it has noticed a trend towards people buying more fuel-efficient vehicles. From 2010-12 the average fuel consumption of cars sold by Motorpoint jumped from 5.79 to 5.26 litres/100km. "This means it is imperative that manufacturers state easily achievable efficiency levels for their vehicles so consumers can make the best decision for themselves." the company said.

Across its five UK sites and on its website, Motorpoint displays urban, extra-urban and combined fuel-consumption values on vehicles as part of "an open and honest attitude to sales".

MD David Shelton said: “As fuel prices continue to soar fuel economy is becoming a more important factor in buyers' choice of next vehicle. Our poll shows how important it is that they get accurate fuel-consumption data. More than 2000 votes clearly shows that consumers feel strongly about this issue.

"All our efficiency data is readily available to customers to assist in their decision-making from our broad range of makes and models."

  • Fredster - 2012-06-14 10:23

    I found the CAR magazine figures to be spot on

      peter.t.viljoen - 2012-06-14 16:28

      Again people looking for a problem that does not exist. The fuel consumption figures are mostly tested by independent authorities and provide data on a standardized platform. That is, atmospheric pressure, temperature and road surface are equalized to provide consistency. To translate the same results in everyday driving is just about impossible. Different altitudes, temperatures, fuel quality, weight and especially driving styles all influence the actual fuel consumption achieved. So, while the tests don't necessarily translate into actual on-the-road accuracy, they are very accurate when comparing one vehicle to another. Capish?

  • James - 2012-06-14 21:08

    In the US the Feds give highway and in town numbers. Honda was sued and lost due to inflated numbers.

  • KevvyW - 2012-06-14 22:16

    I think, here the AA and organisations that has to do with standards do the testing. Most figures are wrong. Cause there are so many variables involved. But then they could drive a car at the reef, and gove a figure/s. Drive it at the coast and have that figure availible. But it's too easy to just gove one number and confuse the whole world. They really take their customers as stupids, making us to believe they give the numbers to benefit us! ! Never So....There are still to many loopholes for these unregulated mega thiefs....

  • Vinodh - 2012-06-15 05:57

    The values quoted are generally with vehicle not fully fueled so as to reduce weight and then the conditions simulated are the best case scenarios of maintaining a speed that is not achiveable in real world situations. Talk to the salesman at a dealership and you get the brochure quoted but ask technicians and you get the truth. Best to ask people already driving the vehicle you wish to purchase

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