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8 Reasons Why Your Vehicle Will NEVER Reach Its Claimed MPG

The NEDC test defines the official mpg figures, the ones car manufacturers require in order to show on their marketing. This is a requirement to conform to relevant regulations. The only problem, the test is outdated and no longer fit-for-purpose.

The last time the test was updated, was back in 1997, which no longer accounts for modern engines that include such technology as hybrid power, adaptive driving modes and start-stop features. As a result the test does a poor job on reflecting real-world driving conditions.

A new test was due to replace the current one in 2017. However, due to delays it is looking more likely it will be ready by 2020. Which? are now calling for it to be ready as initially agreed... and we support them for this.

Below are 8 reason why your vehicle will never match its claimed MPG:

  • 1. No Independent Body

    Currently there is no official body in place to police the testing procedure and monitor the results taken from the different labs.
    group of people holding a meeting

  • 2. Urban & Extra Urban Driving

    Tests conducted include simulating in town (urban) and out of town (extra urban) driving conditions, reaching a top speed of 75mph for 10 seconds. It does not included sustained motorway driving, where many cars consume the most amount of fuel.
    audi on test bed, testing urban driving cycle

  • 3. Removal of Vehicle Parts

    Removing roof rails, extra lights and even the passenger door mirror is permitted. Making the car lighter results in a more impressive mpg figure..
    vehicle door mirror removed

  • 4. Same Test Procedure

    The same test procedure is followed by all manufacturers, however, they can pick from any credited lab to do the tests. The issue here, how is it possible to compare results from multiple labs using different equipment?

  • 5. Fiddling the Results

    The rule allows vehicle makers to arbitrarily knock 4% off the results at the end.
    results for exam given in percentage

  • 6. Tyre Pressure

    No restriction in tyre pressure. Higher-than-recommended pressures may be used to reduce rolling resistance, taking load off the engine and reducing fuel usage.
    group of people holding a meeting

  • 7. Adaptable Driving

    Modern vehicles are being introduced with adaptable driving modes, such as an 'eco mode' for fuel efficient driving. Manufacturers have the option to elect 'eco mode' rather than the default settings of the vehicle for more impressive mpg.
    illustration of vehicle with adaptive driving modes

  • 8. Auxiliary Loads

    Tests are conducted with all auxiliary modes such as air conditioning, lights, heated windows, heated seat, radio etc turned off. This results in further impressive mpg figures.
    interior of commercial vehicle showing radio

We hope you have found our infographic helpful and it has armed you with the information you need when selecting your new van. If you are looking to lease a van for your business, our quote generator allows you to create customised quotations for every make and model of vehicle available in the UK today.












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