True mpg figures reveal shocking fuel economy reality

Mark Nichol

Consumer car mag What Car? has launched its True MPG programme, which aims to show the actual, real-world fuel economy of the UK's most popular cars - as opposed to the unrealistic figures claimed by manufacturers.

It's long been accepted that manufacturers' official mpg ratings are more useful as a way of comparing cars like-for-like than an actual indication of day-to-day fuel economy.