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What's your MPG like on Short Joruneys?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Joshy, 11 May 2010.

  1. Joshy

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    Location: London

    Just something I was wondering. Those of us who use our cars mainly for short, stop start journeys have to deal with pretty horrific fuel economy (Due to the Air/Fuel ratio being completely out of whack due to the engine trying to warm-up ASAP by running extremely lean). Then you've got to think about all the stopping/starting which doesn't help either if you commute in a town or city.

    Anyway, I was just wondering what sort of MPG figures those of us with short commutes (No longer than 10 miles each way) were getting?

    I'm racking up about 12MPGish from the Soarer. Used to get 14MPG from the GTI (2.0) and 24MPG from my little 205 XS (1.4 Carb) from a 6 mile commute with a fair bit of stopping and starting.

    P.S, they isn't a "OMG, I get Low MPGzzz" rant, just a general interest thing :)
     
  2. [TW]Fox

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    19-21mpg from mine - 5 miles from cold, through town.
     
  3. racerboy59

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    I generally get around 12-13 mpg average in my RX8, but this can rise to as high as 25 if used on the motorway, but I hardly need to use the motorways.
     
  4. daveydave

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    Location: UK

    Mine is about 1.5 miles
     
  5. Nick1881

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    Location: Nuneaton, UK

    Mine does low 20's round town.

    My brother has a Supra 3.0 TT manual that he says does 12mpg all the time.
     
  6. Princey

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    Location: West Midlands

     
  7. NightShadow

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Welling/London

    14-16MPG over 12 miles in moderate traffic
     
  8. olv

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    I got around 19mpg in my TT over 3 miles to work and get around 32mpg over the same journey in a 2.0TDI Golf.
     
  9. Dogbreath

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    Engines need to run rich when cold, not lean, because the heat isn't available to vaporise the fuel and get a homogeneous mixture.
     
  10. [TW]Fox

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    You must be mistaken, he is a fully qualified somethingorother at a dealer and therefore knows best.
     
  11. utajoker

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    Location: Wigan

    40ish mpg doing 5 mile journey from cold in a fiesta 1.25.
     
  12. Dogbreath

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    Of course, silly me.
     
  13. [TW]Fox

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    Meanwhile, in the real world..
     
  14. Oxide™

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    Location: South London

    this going to work and around 30-32mpg for the way back (mostly downhill so I freewheel when possible)

    This is driving fuel conscientiously. At the moment my average for the tank so far is 21mpg (after half tank)
     
  15. OpenToSuggestions

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    Location: Derbyshire

    I would say 80% of my car use is to work and back, at 6 miles each way.

    Over a tank I tend to get 42-43mpg and that is taking it fairly easy in a 1.0 micra.
     
  16. Justintime

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    Location: Edmonton, London, UK

    Shortest journey i did and actually reset the mpg calc for that purpose was 8 miles, averaged 46.2mpg. However it was a more or less straight run at 2am to a mates place on the north circ with me barely ticking over at 55 in 6th. I do find the car a bit tank-like and letargic for the first 2-3 miles or so until the engine warms up (06 320D SE manual), worse in winter. Averaged 35mpg over the last 415 miles with the trip saying about 40 miles left, all urban and rush hour A road driving, so roughly 450 to the tank.
     
    Last edited: 11 May 2010
  17. Lopéz

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    About 18mpg
     
  18. utajoker

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    apologies its 43.64 mpg according to first mpg calculator on google.

    80-85 miles covered, £10 fuel @119.9.
     
  19. Joshy

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    D'oh, that's embarrassing! To be honest I did have a think it was Rich, but wasn't 150% sure so I decided to Google it and went with whatever the first hit told me :o.

    Quiet You.
     
  20. [TW]Fox

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    No wonder the average Bentley owner politely requests the YTS guy doesnt work on his car ;)