My 98 LS400 averaged nearly 40mpg on a round trip down south and back... averages between 24 and 27mpg on the weekly commute. I count that as good for a 300bhp 4.0 v8 luxo-barge! More fun than a diesel Golf 👌
When I lived in england, my e320 cdi got 40mpg on the commute, managed 50mpg (which was insane) on one run, but I was following a mate driving a rover 75 that he was "just trying limp it home". I never managed less than 30,
B5 passat, 45 to 50 normally. 60+ was possible but challenging.
The D-Turbos are good but they're not as frugal as people think IME. I used to get early to mid 40s out of mine. 2.0 HDIs are a vast improvement here. However, in 306 form, they are now getting thin. I debated getting one years ago, but finding one that wasn't shot proved trickier than I thought for then sensible money.
I was going to suggest the 306 mind you. The 106 is a great laugh but the driving position is compromised and the 1.5Ds aren't quick.
A W124 may be advisable. If you can get a 250D Manual, they are great! Sure, they're not quick, but they go along at a nice pace, and in working order do high 40s MPG. I do miss mine a little.
Post by Waxoyling Lyrical on Mar 18, 2019 22:17:05 GMT
I had a 1997 R-reg Fiat Cinquecento SX with the 899cc push-rod engine that would regularly return an astonishing 70 mpg without trying too hard, yet was also surprisingly nippy, and of course, great for parking in congested areas. Fun to drive too.
Not that retro. But I had a old Focus TDDI that was brilliant on fuel and went ok too. Used to get 50mpg and never ever went wrong even at 175k.
I wouldn't call 175,000 miles / 281,000 km high mileage. My daily had 295,943 km on the odo when it stopped counting in January last year and I'm still using it including having done a few big road trips since then so it'll be around 320,000 by now at least. My wife's car has 436,000 km on it as of last weekend.
I've never had a diesel but my EN Civic got 38 mpg hard thrashed on a 1000 mile road trip which I thought wasn't bad and I've had 29 mpg out of a 3.9 litre four speed automatic EA Falcon wagon with six people and their luggage for two weeks on board.