Sunday 25 September 2016

Finally, a real-world figure for a car's MPG; Top three in World; hands-on driving

Published 09/03/2016 | 02:30

Real world fuel consumption data has been compiled.
Real world fuel consumption data has been compiled.

Fair dues where they're due.

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Peugeot has published real-world fuel consumption data for its cars and has started with the 308 family hatch.

The tests were carried in conjunction with the French Transport & Environment (T & E) and France Nature Environment (FNE).

Results were also verified by independent customer surveys and audited by Bureau Veritas.

Peugeot say it will release real-world fuel consumption figures for 30 more models.

Passengers, luggage, road gradients, air con were all factored in.

And so the Peugeot 308 1.6-litre BlueHDi 120 S&S 6spd manual Allure returned 5 litres/100km. Customer surveys came up with 5.0/5.1. That's much more like what we want to see - virtually no gap between what the manufacturer claims and what ordinary people are getting.

Fair dues. ***

AND then there were three. Contenders for this year's World Car of the Year have been reduced to three.

Here's the cars on the shortlists.

Overall World Car of the Year: Audi A4, Mazda MX-5 and Mercedes GLC.

The Design contenders are the Jaguar XE, Mazda CX3, Mazda MX-5.

Rivals for the Green Car of the Year accolade are the Toyota Mirai, Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt.

The last three in the Performance section are the Audi R8 Coupe, Honda Civic TYPE R and Mercedes AMG C63 Coupe.

And Luxury competitors are the Audi Q7, BMW 7-series and Volvo XC90.

(For the record: I'm Ireland's representative on the World Car of the Year jury).

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As you can see from the adjoining article, I drove a semi-autonomous car for a while in Lisbon last week. The new Mercedes E-Class has the facility.

Only you can't take your hands off the wheel for too long.

And when I tried it out on narrower, twisty roads it wasn't nearly as good.

I'm not knocking the technology but there is an inherent contradiction I think - and I include all carmakers here - between making a car better to drive and then ignoring its driveability.

I know autonomous driving is designed to take over for the longer, boring motorway stretches but I still want to drive the blinking car.

We should be careful what we wish for. And I'm not being a negative so-and-so. Just saying . . . .

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I see that Citroën & DS Ireland are looking to set up new dealerships.

Target areas include dealer partnerships for Dublin South, Dublin West, Sligo, Wicklow, Cavan/ Monaghan and the Longford/Roscommon area. Sounds like a constituency overview in the current post-election climate but, more importantly, it looks like a real vote of confidence in areas outside Dublin too.

Maybe the Recovery is beginning to spread its wings after all.

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