How I got an amazing 30 km/l fuel efficiency (tank to tank) from a Polo
Of course, to get such a spectacular fuel economy figure I had to follow some strict driving conditions.
BHPian Sierra__foxtrot recently shared with other enthusiasts how he was surprised that the entire GT / Polo community has been reporting dismal fuel efficiency figures. His Polo, on the other hand, is returning at least 14 km/l in the city & 24 – 25 km/l on the highways.
Now, BHPian gt3t0uring has shared the following update about his VW Polo’s fuel efficiency figures.
Seeing fellow owners’ figures has tempted me to post mine. 23-24 is an easy target to achieve if you are driving on the highway. I got 30 kmpl (tank to tank verified) albeit with strict conditions.
- Strictly 60 km/hr cruising speed
- Limited revs up to 2000
- 95% highway
Here’s what BHPian Vik0728 had to say about the matter:
This is an insane number! Probably even the ARAI wouldn’t apply such “Strict conditions”!
I own a 2019 GT TDI and with cruise control on a well-paved tarmac, the best KM/L number I got on the MID was 26.2!
Here’s what BHPian gt3t0uring replied:
Maintaining 60 km/h even with cruise control becomes excruciating when you have 100 odd horses under the hood and see other motorists zoom past by. But I along with my father had made up our mind to extract the best possible FE figures. Also, all the distance travelled was at night so that certainly helped us.
The point is how technology has come so far that a turbo petrol engine with 108hp can give just as good FE as a 37hp 2-cylinder engine. (Our Nano gives the same numbers at the same speed)
Here’s what BHPian PrasannaDhana had to say about the matter:
This isn’t only regarding the 1.0 TSI. This applies to all turbo petrol/diesel cars.
I have had 8 kmpl as well as 18 kmpl from my 2+ tonne Storme. 15 kmpl as well as 24 kmpl (T2T fuel efficiency, not MID) from my Altroz Turbo diesel.
Fuel efficiency will drastically change with the way we drive. The caveat is that turbo petrols are hypersensitive to driving style when compared to turbo diesels.
Believe me, I have done a lot of experimentation on various cars under various fuels. One thing I have realized is this – It’s never a good trade-off to sacrifice driving pleasure and fun for a few extra kmpl. Especially in a car with that 1.0 TSI.
Check out BHPian comments for more insights and information.
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