As important a test as any for a new car must surely be the fuel economy, and at the time of writing, diesel is £1.40 per litre, so around £80.00 to fill the SAAB TTiD.
The car has only covered 4000 miles and should settle in more, but this first test has been a rather typical mixture of heavy city, winding country roads and motorway, making it as close to real world ‘combined’ as i’m ever going to get.
Official mpg SAAB figures for the 1.9 TTiD (160ps) manual saloon are : Urban 49.6 / Motorway 72.4 / Combined 62.8
I emptied the tank (to around 30 miles left in reserve) and refilled to the top, which was 57 litres, I then drove to the same reserve level, giving me a reasonably accurate idea of economy.
The SAAB achieved 567 miles, which is 45.1mpg, around 18mpg less than the official figures, but very close to what I expected.
As a comparison, my BMW 320d returned a similar mpg of 42mpg, but the official combined figure was 49.6mpg – much more accurate.
However, there are also a number of factors that will be playing their part in reducing the figure, which include: 18″ alloys, wider Michelin tyres, Hirsch engine upgrade and finally, driving style (I’ve tried hard to drive carefully, but the SAAB cries out to be driven, and enjoyed).
I’m happy with the 45.1mpg, but will continue to monitor this.
24 . 08 . 11 Refill time for the SAAB
Another 560 miles covered with ease, filled up this morning, 55 Litres / 12 Gallons, and car was showing 60 miles to empty. Works out at about 46mpg, so very similar to the last refill, combined journeys, including a 200 mile round trip to London, and a few hours sat in city traffic 😦
So far, still surprised at the vast difference between the official SAAB consumption figures and what I’m achieving – around 15mpg less, but balanced with the performance and refinement of the engine, really happy overall.
07 . 09 . 11 Another drink please
Pretty consistent again, although a lot more city driving, lots of traffic and not enough open road. Still achieved 550 miles with 70 miles to empty though, works out at around 45.4mpg. Let’s see if I can get it doing a few more long runs with this refill.
18 . 09 . 11 Same again!
Didn’t manage any nice long trips to push up the mpg, if fact city traffic got worse after the summer rest period. The 9-3 kept it’s economy pretty steady though at 45.4mpg, another 550 miles covered on a tank.
02 . 11 . 11 This one’s impressive
After a lot of recent driving, and averaging around 550 miles per tank / 44 mpg, this one has been a really good surprise, 623.2 miles.
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21 . 11 . 11 And this one’s not so impressive
Back to city driving, sitting in traffic and generally a rather boring tank of fuel; it shows through the reduced economy, just 44mpg combined from this tank, which achieved just 535 miles.