What Car? recently carried out a series of real world fuel-economy MPG tests and the Toyota Yaris Cross 1.5 Hybrid came out top. The model recorded an impressive fuel economy rate of 60.1mpg, using just 11.2p of petrol per mile.
The Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid came second in the tests, achieving a fuel economy rate of 59.9mpg.
What Car?'s 'Real MPG' tests are conducted under strictly controlled laboratory conditions to ensure accuracy and repeatability. The route is based on real driving situations that replicates urban, rural and motorway driving for a thorough overview of all potential conditions.
“There’s often a sizeable disparity between real-world driving efficiency and the official Government figures that carmakers are obliged to publish. As our figures show, by choosing carefully, it’s possible to save a lot of money in the long-term, particularly with fuel prices as high as they are today.”
- Steve Huntingford, What Car? editor
Regular hybrid models are included in the tests but plug-in hybrids are not. This is because the figures for plug-in models can vary dramatically depending on the distance being travelled and the amount of charge there is at the start of the journey.