Re: Focus TDCi fuel consumption
"David Millen" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> On 20 Jul 2005 14:35:56 -0400, marp <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com>
>>I've only had my 2003 115 TdCi a couple of weeks but the first figures
>>show 5.6 to 5.7 / 100 km for a 1500 km round trip on autoroutes plus
>>300 km in and around town. Most of this was with the air-con switched
>>on and with a fuel leak on the injector ramp (see other posting). Not
>>bad at all.
>>However, I am VERY careful on the use of the accelerator - pulling
>>away from lights/tollbooths/stops etc and anticipating when overtaking
>>to minimize speed loss/ recovery. It's a major factor in economy -
>>maybe more for diesels than petrol engines, I don't know.
> Thanks to all. Looks like either the TDCi 100 is thirstier than the
> 115, or I need to modify my driving style. I have suspected for a
> while that much of the supposedly better economy of diesels is a
> result of the driving habits of the folk who select them in preference
> to petrol engines because of their greater economy - a bit of a
> circular argument, and probably one for another thread!
Over 40'000 km of driving my TDCi has averaged a real-world 5.8L/100km
(don't believe the onboard computer; it is hopelessly optimistic). For
general commuting I move with or faster than the flow of traffic, on the
open road I tend to boot it quite a lot (that torque is sooooo tempting).
Motorway speeds are in the range of 130 - 140 kph (80 - 85 mph) and I charge
up and down Swiss alpine passes quite regularly. I have mountain bikes or
kayaks on the roof half the time. Summary: I am *not* careful and still
manage great economy. If I really try to baby it, I have managed under 5
for a motorway trip (flat, 110 - 120 kph). The absolute record, however,
goes to my girlfriend who managed 2.8 L/100km for the 10km from the filling
station to home! (lots of downhill)