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Ok so Mini state that combined is 62mpg...
I know this is never what you 'actually' get from a car, but in previous cars I've always been closer than I am in the Mini.
After 500+ miles I'm getting 37.7mpg which is mostly driven in mid mode.
Does it get better over time? If so, how?
Or is this as good as it gets!? And if so, where on earth do Mini get their numbers from? VW?!
It's a little frustrating - as my 2004 Cooper did about 35mpg, so the technology in 12 years has only given me +3mpg at best (as it stands).
I didn't buy it to be an eco beast, else of course I'd have chosen Diesel - I'm just more intrigued as to why it's performance isn't as good as claimed, or as some other small cars.
Work's pool car which I've driven a few times is a 1.0 petrol Ford Fiesta Titanium EcoBoost and it's a WONDERFUL little car which gets above 60mpg every time. I know this is obviously a lower powered engine, but interesting that the supreme German engineering hasn't moved on economical performance in the time since my '04 Cooper in the way that Ford have managed.
What's also interesting is I get away with a £20 tax bracket when my old Mini was £100 more than that for same fuel economy! Again, no complaints from me on that one!!
Is all your driving in town? Mine's a mixture of open road and town driving for my daily commute, and I get 48.7 indicated all day long, just had its first service at 22k. That's a 2014 petrol cooper on 16 victory spokes
I don't think the fuel economy of modern cars gets significantly better with being 'run-in' - that may have been true in the past, when tolerances were much higher than today and 'running-in' meant a hot smell from the engine as under/over-sized bearings were worn to a better fit by friction.
I also think that there is no way to remove the effect of our driving habits changing as we get used to a new car - "Oh, but I always drive the same" just means we don't notice the changes.
Official fuel economy figures are for when you are driving like a saint - I think many people enjoy driving Minis and so saintly behaviour is unlikely to occur. Are cars with good real life fuel economy figures just boring cars that aren't fun to drive?
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