True MPG March 2020 – Real-world fuel economy tests

True MPG: Real-world fuel economy tests

Since launching True MPG, What Car? Has tested more than 1000 cars in real-world conditions, using cutting-edge test equipment to establish the real-world fuel economy of new cars. What Car?’s True MPG data has now been used by more than three million visitors to the website since April 2012. As new models are released and What Car? applies its thorough, real-world True MPG discipline, the vehicle economy rankings shift.

This month we look at our 10 most recent tests and how they compare with their official WLTP figures.

Make and model  |  Official (WLTP)  /  True MPG  /  Difference

1.  Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI| 48.6  /  46.6  /  -4.1%
2.  Skoda Scala 1.0 TSI|  49.7  /  49.3  /  -0.8%
3.  Ford Focus 1.5 TDCi 120|  61.4  /  52.4  /  -14.7%
4.  Audi Q5 40 TDI| 37.7  /  39.0  /  +3.4%
5.  Audi Q3 45 TFSI|  31.8  /  29.5  /  -7.2%
6.  Audi A1 Sportback 30 TFSI|  50.0  /  46.1  /  -7.0%
7.  Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 115|  47.1  /  46.2  /  -1.9%
8.  Volkswagen T-Roc 1.0 TSI 115|  45.3  /  42.5  /  -6.2%
9.  BMW 1 Series 118i| 42.8  /  36.3  /  -15.2%
10.  Audi Q2 35 TFSI| 38.6  /  39.2  /  +1.6%

The results

Our most recent results show a stark contrast between manufacturers, because while BMW’s latest 1 Series missed its official target by more than 15%, two Audi models actually bettered their WLTP-certified values, with both the Q2 and Q5 SUVs performing better in real-world conditions than in the official tests. Despite the improved accuracy of the WLTP tests, these results show that our repeatable real-world testing is the best way to see what buyers can really expect from their car.