BET­TER GET IT RIGHT

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Europe’s new stan­dard for mea­sur­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency is the World­wide Har­monised Light Duty Ve­hi­cles Test Pro­ce­dure — a gob­ful that thank­fully is ab­bre­vi­ated to WLTP.

The pre­vi­ous test, known as NEDC and still used in Aus­tralia, didn’t ac­cu­rately re­flect real world con­di­tions, was rorted by car com­pa­nies and pro­duced op­ti­mistic fuel num­bers.

Don’t ex­pect to see WLTP here any time soon. It’s based on Euro­pean stan­dard petrol with a sul­phur con­tent of 10 parts per mil­lion (PPM). Our un­leaded con­tains up to 150PPM, and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has shown nil in­ter­est in forc­ing oil com­pa­nies to clean it up.

Ear­lier in the year, sev­eral Euro­pean mak­ers, in­clud­ing VW, sus­pended pro­duc­tion of right­hand drive mod­els so as to sup­ply WLTP cars to left-hand drive mar­kets.

Among the sus­pended mod­els was the base five-seater Tiguan, which will re­turn in 2019. For now, the cheap­est five-seater is the $42,490 132TSi. The Allspace seven-seater, im­ported from Mex­ico, is un­af­fected by WLTP is­sues and in en­try 110TSi grade (1.4-litre turbo/six-speed twin-clutch auto and front-drive) is $40,990.

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