Subaru Shine In Independent ‘Real World’ Fuel Efficiency Tests

In the middle of the recent controversey surrounding manufacturers claims on official mpg figures, Subaru have been named one of the top manufacturers for ‘real world’ fuel efficiency following independent testing.

The tests have been carried out to establish how efficient cars are under normal driving conditions compared to their official fuel consumption figures. The programme, has taken place over two years and saw around 600 cars independently tested by a German car magazine Auto Motor und Sport. This magazine sought to establish how models, from all major car manufacturers perform against their official fuel economy and emission ratings. The test were established under lab conditions as part of the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) fuel efficiency tests that every new car must undergo.

Subaru have been ranked second in the test, and was one of only five manufacturers to beat its official NEDC CO2 emissions rating, with testers recording a 6% average improvement over the official emissions ratings for cars across the Subaru range.

Most of the other manufacturers fell short of their official fuel economy figures, with shortfalls of up to 14.4% in some instances.

Auto Motor und Sport tests were conduted on a set 171 mile (275km) test course, which incorporated country roads, motorways and congested city traffic.

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