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Hi there, I'm not sure what you're paying per litre (but for arguements sake - say a pound per litre - you are putting around 10 gallons into the car, and getting around 380 miles from that amount. With a small margin of error, you are getting just over 38 MPG. That isn't bad for what is quite an unareodynamic shape, fitted with a lower-powered (thus harder-working) petrol engine.

Don't be mislead with what the brochure says - these figures are laboratory results - the cars don't even get on the road!

Has the MPG reduced recently? Hence the concern?

There are many factors which can reduce the economy; driving style, tyre pressures, driving with a roof rack fitted/window open, towing, passengers, using ancillaries (e.g. air con). That's before we even move onto factors such as congestion/roadworks, and what speed you are travelling at.

I think looking at a figure in isolation is perhaps a bit meaningless - you really need to have some more info to allow you to compare how good (or bad) things really are.

Hope that helps,


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