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Hi all,

Been happily driving my Take Up (60ps) Poppy since the end of February, and so far (apart from a wheel alignment) has gone wrong.

So far she has travelled nearly 3400 miles, mainly motorways (95%) of the time and around 80 miles a day (commuter car).

My query is - VW claim that this particular car and model will do 62mpg - I've not seen anything like that. My average is only around 45 - 47mpg and I'm not driving erratically or speeding, but happily cruising along at 70-75mph on motorways.

I would love to know how people achieve the claimed 62mpg! any suggestions other than not driving or drive even more sensibly would be appreciated!

How do people get 500 miles out of a tank of fuel in the up!!
 

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Clayton423 said:
My query is - VW claim that this particular car and model will do 62mpg - I've not seen anything like that. My average is only around 45 - 47mpg and I'm not driving erratically or speeding, but happily cruising along at 70-75mph on motorways.



You'll never seegoodfuel economyat 70-75mph,keep your engine RPMs well under 2500(around 55mph) and watch yourmileage increase.
 

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I might get 500 miles that way but I'd die of boredom.
 

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Slow down in 3 mph increments, say every week or every full tank.
Keep records.

Your MPG will go up, yet at least initially your average travel time won't increase.

Then balance MPG & cost to how much you value your time.
That's what it comes down to in the end.Edited by: _1S_
 

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Thanks for the suggestion, that would work really well if I was the slightest bit organised and not in a permanent rush.


If I get over 350 miles I'm really pleased.
 

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350 miles is about what I get on a full tank and if I were to go any slower on the A1 then I'll be going at a snails pace! not ideal when big artics overtake!

I believe that the official MPG is calculated over a two mile period! seriously just two miles!!

Anyway - still love the Poppy!
 

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Clayton423 said:
Hi all,

Been happily driving my Take Up (60ps) Poppy since the end of February, and so far (apart from a wheel alignment) has gone wrong.

So far she has travelled nearly 3400 miles, mainly motorways (95%) of the time and around 80 miles a day (commuter car).

My query is - VW claim that this particular car and model will do 62mpg - I've not seen anything like that. My average is only around 45 - 47mpg and I'm not driving erratically or speeding, but happily cruising along at 70-75mph on motorways.

I would love to know how people achieve the claimed 62mpg! any suggestions other than not driving or drive even more sensibly would be appreciated!

How do people get 500 miles out of a tank of fuel in the up!!

The fuel economy figures for 'motorway' driving are based on engine speed at premium torque, on a dead flat surface, with optimum tyre pressures, and isolation from weather/atmospheric conditions. There is no way you canconsistentlyreproduce them on a maintained basis in day-to day life. Traffic, hills, weather will all impact on your driving and therefore on the fuel economy.

You only have to do 465 miles on a full tank to achieve 62MPG, and I've done 420 miles in mixed driving conditions (56MPG), so I can't see it being impossible to get close to 465 miles to a tank.
 

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You will see a dramatic increase in your MPG if you reduce your motorway speed to 60mph. A good measure is to hold the car at a constant speed, and reset the Maps & More (if you have it) until it calculates average MPG, then change your speed and repeat. At 60mph on a flat stretch of motorway, my Maps & More reported 81MPG although I don't trust the figures, they seem to always read about 10% over at least, when compared to calculated figures.
 

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I agree with that. Driving at about 60 rather than 70 to 75 should give app 30% better fuel consumption.
 

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Been getting 385 mile to a full tank to almost empty on a Up! Black, just done 1000 miles so hoping it will get even better. Anything over 400 mile on a tank and I will be happy.
 

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If you do 60 MPH on a motorway, you may may as well get the BUS!! - likely quicker...............
 

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Average being acheived by all up! drivers is 432 miles/35 litre tankful. That's 56.1 mpg (see http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/volkswagen/up!-2012) as at 4.30pm 2 May 2013.
 

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Buses don't stop on motorways. The maximum speed limit on motorways is 70 mph but you DON'T have to drive at that limit. Do you drive down narrow lanes that technically have a 60 limit?
 

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Buses don't stop on motorways. The maximum speed limit on motorways is 70 mph but you DON'T have to drive at that limit. Do you drive down narrow lanes that technically have a 60 limit?

I know I don't have to drive at 70mph on a motorway, I normally drive rather faster than that and consciously choose enjoyable driving over mpg. You pays your money and takes your choice.
 

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I now drive at 60mph on the motorways and dual carriageways, it is much more relaxing, you don't get nutters behind you etc. And it is quieter as well as saving fuel. Anyway, a lot of the time on motorways you can't go fast due to traffic. Just turn on the radio, listen to your favourite comedy programme, or music station. I find I am less stressed when I drive at 60mph.

Over winter I was regularly getting 57mpg, the last fill gave 61mpg. Last summer I was routinely getting 65mpg.

Three key things impact fuel economy, namely braking, accelerating rapidly and speed.

Often it is pointless accelerating rapidly, due to traffic, why zoom ahead, only to brake when you reach a queue of cars?

You can reduce braking by using forward observation. So when you reach a roundabout or junction, judge your speed and position and blend in with the traffic instead of stopping, not always possible, but it often is. I get overtaken on straight stretches, but I usually overtake them again at roundabouts and junctions. I enjoy zooming past them while they are stationary.
Also keep a good distance from the car in front, when it brakes, you can just pull your foot off the accelerator rather than brake. When you are not pushing the accelerator, the engine uses almost no fuel.

Not doing 70mph might seem boring, but if you spend more time on observation, checking what other cars are doing, working out how to enter a roundabout without stopping, your mind will be active.

Sadly lights are often scheduled to maximise journey time and fuel consumption. You can turn off the engine at lights. I do. Some junctions evens have signs asking drivers to turn off their engines.

And avoid fat friends. Tell them to walk, it'll do them good.
 

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Good points, Leif. That's all stuff I do too, and it makes for much safer motoring, as well as fuel saving. I enjoy the mental challenge of keeping the flow going, judging exactly when to arrive at a roundabout, etc.
 

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I also agree with those points. It's all about keeping your average speed as constant as possible. I have to use crappy B roads mostly to commute the 10 miles to work and can only reach a maximum of 60mph due to all the blind bends and poor road surface etc. On the way to work is mostly down hill and according to the M+M I achieved a whole 73.1mpg last night, and 56mpg coming home. The odometer says I've done 77 miles since my last fill up, and left me with a range of 420 miles. All I do is try to keep my momentum going as much as possible, and try not to boot it or use the brakes heavily, which isn't hard to do on my route. Also I have a Bluemotion, and use the Start/Stop whenever possible which seems to be working.
 

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AGE1950 said:
Buses don't stop on motorways. The maximum speed limit on motorways is 70 mph but you DON'T have to drive at that limit. Do you drive down narrow lanes that technically have a 60 limit?

I know I don't have to drive at 70mph on a motorway, I normally drive rather faster than that and consciously choose enjoyable driving over mpg. You pays your money and takes your choice. 
I passed my test 45years ago and have never had points on my licence. I once had a an Escort Mexico and that was quick and remember driving from Exeter to Reading on the M5 and M4 in an hour and forty five minutes at 100mph only slowing to 70 at junctions. However approaching Reading I almost failed to notice that the traffic was stationary. Well I did stop but it was frightening experience. Also I remember driving up the M1 and passing a lime green Ford Capri 3 litre. The driver and passenger were both wearing flat caps with their police uniform. So beware. Edited by: AGE1950
 

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If you want to mix with 38 ton trucks and caravans- so be it............




Enjoy your slow motoring............
 
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