MPG on the daily commute

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LeighW

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I must say I absolutely hate my crappy commute in the winter. It's only 6 miles, but I seem to do nothing but get stuck behind people who are unable to exceed 40mph when it's dark. I'm sure a large percentage of folks can't see well enough to drive. :mad:
That and the fact that the engine hardly gets time to warm up make for some shocking MPG figures. I took this photo when I got home tonight. Sorry about the fuzzy picture - my camera phone is none too special. And yes, that does say 15.9mpg :eek:

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During summer holidays I was able to get between 20 and 22 mpg.

Since then I've struggled to better between 17 and 19 mpg!!

Doesn't sound like much of a difference but in extremis it's a difference of more than 30% :eek:
 
This morning I averaged 7.2 liters per 100Kms at an average of 73 kms/hr over 25 kms or around 35 mpg, avg 45 to 50 mph for 15 miles. This is on the motorway from Belgium to Luxembourg. The standard of driving is appalingly bad. Last week the motorway was closed three times because of idiot drivers. each day there are minor acciidents. This, I make no attempt to keep up with the tailgating, foot to the floor (throttle and brake), determined to sahave a second of the time to work mentaility. I tuck in behind a truck on the outside lane at a safe distance. He maintains a steady speed, nobody tries to cut in except at entrances and exits and rarely am I tailagted. My estimate is that this takes me 30 seconds to 2 minutes longer but I have far less stress and far less risk - it is also economic.
 
I checked Edna's MPG last week and was delighted - my daily 25 mile run down the A1 and A64 seems to be suiting her. Rather than averaging under 25 mpg - she's doing just under 27 :bannana: :bannana: :rock:

Will all change when I move next month as it's back to the A61 which is a much more rewarding drive:devil: :devil:
 
Pleasantly supprised that on the commute to work averaging 25mpg and on a recent trip down to London managed 30 mpg. Our Porsche averaged 26 mpg so no change in having a nice V8 lump under the bonnet:D
 
Yesterday my commute involved me leaving my house in Middesex London, driving to Dartford, then to Leighton Buzzard, to Tamworth, then to Stockport (manchester), then to Huddersfield, then to Rotherham, a quick in Leiscter, and then back home!

I filled up fuel in Leiscter on the way home, after 523 miles, the reserve light was just about to come on! Needless to say i was in the diesel, wasn't driving slow or too fast, around the 75-85mph mark. All the driving was motorway mainly and long A roads, but i'm extremely happy with the fuel consumption!

Needless to say after filling up, i was home in 1 hr 10, thats inc the Luton roadwarks and over 1/4 tank of diesel :devil:
 
62 mile a day round trip on the M61 and 62, takes 1hour 15mins each way so gives you an idea of the traffic.....I get between 49-52mpg :)
 
100 mile a day round trip from Horsham to Reading via Guildford. 3 hours minimum a day.

I'm averaging about 25 mpg and have therefore applied for a Shell loyalty card!
 
I'm getting 19-22 in a around town morning drive. But I drove to ondon last night and saw low 30's straight away (reassuring-it can still do better mpg)

I found myself wishing MB would produce a Hybrid sooner rather than later.
 
50 miles a day commute. Around 18MPG for the tank, calculated and not from the computer figure. Highest ever a seen was 22MPG.

Oh and just to make you feel slightly better mine normally says around 10MPG on the computer after about 6 miles :eek:
 
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I commute by train, but on local trips my Sharan (2.8 petrol) is typically around 15-18 mpg. The SL doesn't have a computer!
 
I get an average of 13mpg if I drive to work. I tend not to.
 
blackscooby said:
Oh and just to make you feel slightly better mine normally says around 10MPG on the computer after about 6 miles :eek:

:eek: Ouch. The last time I did a long run in mine was a lad's weekend to Newcastle back in September. 400 mile round trip, averaged just under 30mpg, which isn't bad for a 3.2 considering there were 4 people plus bags in the car.

My old Evo VII was far worse, I never got more than 150 miles from a tank of fuel, something like 16 - 17mpg. Taking into account it's requirement for Optimax and octane booster as well, it was horrendous to run. :crazy:
 
BTB 500 said:
I commute by train, but on local trips my Sharan (2.8 petrol) is typically around 15-18 mpg. The SL doesn't have a computer!
The computers aren't amazingly accurate anyway, use fill-up to fill-up.

I get 30mpg everywhere now. I can get 35mpg on a longer journey but I've not done any for a while (my journeys are almost always about 30-50 miles and 90% motorway).
 
R2D2 said:
I found myself wishing MB would produce a Hybrid sooner rather than later.

Sacriligeous!

Hybrids are awful, nasty nasty things that are not that good either!

My mother (who has been cast out of the family for this...) has bought a Toyota Prius. Not only is it very very ugly, its not as economical as many diesels, heavy, full of lead, horrendous to the environment to build and dispose of. A complete waste of money.

As for economy my CLK starts of at 15mpg when I start from cold but by the time I get to the bus stop (drop 1 child off), then the school (Another child) then in to the office, a trip of about 4 miles, the average is up to 24mpg! Very happy with that. On a longer run say 45-50 miles I average 32mpg which is great for a 3.2litre.

Edit: I find the computer to be very accurate. I used to keep a detailed spreadsheet showing every fill-up, cost, miles etc and the computer was almost spot on every time so I gave up using the spreadsheet.
 
Shude said:
The computers aren't amazingly accurate anyway, use fill-up to fill-up.

Yup appreciate that, but I suspect most people are quoting computer figures and fill-to-fill for me always includes some long motorway runs with no traffic, which aren't really relevant to this thread.
 
on my daily commute of around 4 miles each way through the city centre , the X5 3.0d averages between 15 and 17mpg.
 
:D Don't look, sit back, enjoy the music and appreciate just how lucky we are. ;)

I daren't ask what our figures are. :eek::eek:

John
 
GrahamC230K said:
I get an average of 13mpg if I drive to work. I tend not to.

Comparativly, same journey in the Golf 1.9 TDI, average after a week, couldn't get below low 40's.
 
Alfie said:
As for economy my CLK starts of at 15mpg when I start from cold but by the time I get to the bus stop (drop 1 child off), then the school (Another child) then in to the office, a trip of about 4 miles, the average is up to 24mpg! Very happy with that. On a longer run say 45-50 miles I average 32mpg which is great for a 3.2litre.

How far is your trip without the school run? Without getting on my soapbox don't you think that the kids should use their feet or other transport to get to school. Not only is it good for the environment, it's good for them as well.
 

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