What Car? tests cars for their 'real world' MPG figures, and these have revealed (click here for feature) that the most economical diesel-powered; 7-seat MPV they have tested is the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer with the 2.0CDTi 16v (110PS) engine, which gave them a result of 52.3mpg Combined – very close (98%) to the Government’s 55.4mpg1 Combined figure quoted.
Interestingly, the Toyota Prius + 1.8 VVT hybrid T4 only achieved 74% of its 'official' 68.9mpg with a disappointing 'real world' 54.6mpg.
What Car? has not yet tested the latest 1.6CDTi 16v (136PS) ecoFLEX Start/Stop engine – but with the Combined figure being an impressive 68.9mpg, and emissions; of just 109g/km, this new 1.6CDTi engine will undoubtedly prove to be even more fuel efficient.
From a Fleet perspective, selecting this new engine from the high-specification/low P11D value Tech Line range would make this the 'best buy' 7-seat MPV for both Fleet Decision Makers and Company Car Drivers compared to its (lesser-equipped) Ford rival over a 3-year/60,000 mile ownership period.
Diesel fuel costed at £1.40 /litre. Information supplied by CAP. Whole Life Cost savings include anticipated depreciation.
1 = Manufacturers are required by legislation to only quote fuel consumption figures from Government data gained from laboratory testing. 2 = Official EU-regulated test data are provided for comparison purposes and actual performance will depend on driving style, road conditions and other non-technical factors. Figure quoted by What Car? refers to earlier 137g/km engine. 3= Tax years 2013-14 / 2014-15 / 2015-16. Benefit-in-Kind without free fuel for private use. General Motors UK Limited does not offer tax advice and recommends that all Company Car Drivers consult their own accountant with regards to their particular tax position.
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