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    Default Fuel economy (l/100km)

    What's your car's fuel economy like?

    Also, what's a 'good' figure for litres/100km on, say, a normal 1.5 non-diesel car?

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    2004 Renault Scenic 2l

    Regular driving 8.3 - 8.7l/100
    Long distance trip to Mpumalanga 7.3l/100

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    Polo 2.0i:
    8-8.5 l/100km - average everyday driving
    6-7 l/100km - long distance/highway driving
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    Uno Mia 1.1:
    7.4 l/100km - average everyday driving

    Ford Bantam 1.6:
    9.7 l/100km - average everyday driving

    Mothers Citroen C3 1.4 diesel:
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    honda ballade 150
    7-8 l/100km

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    polo playa 1.6
    9l / 100km

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    Car : German sedan. 3.5L V6 Auto.
    L/100Km daily : 13
    L/100Km Highway : 10

    Better than my previous car (Jeep Grand Cherokee)
    L/100Km daily : 21
    L/100Km Highway : 17
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    it is very dependant on your driving habits, age of the car and whether it has fuel injection.

    you should get at least 10l/100km under normal conditions. possibly 7-8l/100km on long distance trips.

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    audi allroad quattro 2.7 v6 twin turbo ... 15l/100km
    ouch ouch ouch every day
    but what a pleasure to drive!

    PS. Does anybody know where this stupid l/100km unit of measurement came from? It goes against every scientific grain in me. It is completely arb. I mean, why not l/233km? Or l/67km?? All other scientific or applied maths measurements are expressed as unit / unit.
    What was wrong with km/l? Much more useful and intuitive. </endrant>
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    Quote Originally Posted by spacemuis View Post
    PS. Does anybody know where this stupid l/100km unit of measurement came from? It goes against every scientific grain in me. It is completely arb. I mean, why not l/233km? Or l/67km?? All other scientific or applied maths measurements are expressed as unit / unit.
    What was wrong with km/l? Much more useful and intuitive. </endrant>
    Well, you could say litres/meter...but that would give you figures that are not terribly useful in daily life. That's why we use kilograms and kilometres instead of grams and metres...because the decimal system can handle powers of 10 nicely. 100km is a distance that makes the fuel consumption fall within a nice, easy-to-use range, and it's unfortunate that there's no handy term for 100000m like there is for 1000m.

    km/l is useless as a measure of fuel consumption, because you're measuring against a constant; the fuel consumption will always be 1 litre. km/l is a measure of fuel efficiency, not fuel consumption. Fuel efficiency is useful as a theoretical measure for the efficiency of engines or whatever, but fuel consumption is more useful as a measure for how much fuel your car will use.

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    MKV GTi : 9.5
    BMW 335: 10
    Toyota Verso: 8

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    BMW 320D - 8.3l / 100 km
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claymore View Post
    Well, you could say litres/meter...but that would give you figures that are not terribly useful in daily life. That's why we use kilograms and kilometres instead of grams and metres...because the decimal system can handle powers of 10 nicely. 100km is a distance that makes the fuel consumption fall within a nice, easy-to-use range, and it's unfortunate that there's no handy term for 100000m like there is for 1000m.

    km/l is useless as a measure of fuel consumption, because you're measuring against a constant; the fuel consumption will always be 1 litre. km/l is a measure of fuel efficiency, not fuel consumption. Fuel efficiency is useful as a theoretical measure for the efficiency of engines or whatever, but fuel consumption is more useful as a measure for how much fuel your car will use.
    While you're technically correct, I'd agree with spacemuis on the l/100km measurement being non-intuitive for the average guy filling up.

    Last time you put 53 liters in your car and you traveled 473Km on it, what was you consumption in liters/100Km ?

    So while km/l might not be a direct measure of fuel consumption, it is of fuel efficiency and for the layman it's just as good; My car goes so far on 1 liter of fuel.

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    These figures quoted all seem very conservative, which leads me to make two conclusions, either everyone has been slightly fisherman like and taken off the odd .1 or .5, or only people who are getting good consumption have bothered posting, besides spacemuis and TheREV of course!

    With the current petrol price I hear talk on a daily basis around the water cooler about fuel consumption and my average of 8.5 is usually far superior to most others... makes me wonder if everyone on here drives like a grandpa.

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