REAL-WORLD EX­PER­I­MENT

Car (South Africa) - - CONSUMER BUY -

As an ex­per­i­ment, we made use of our stan­dard fuel route and chose a Toy­ota Hilux Dakar 2,8 GD-6 4x4 with a man­ual gear­box as the test mule. The man­u­fac­turer’s claimed fuel con­sump­tion is 9,1 L/100 km. Com­plet­ing our fuel route while driv­ing nor­mally re­turned a fig­ure of 8,3 L/100 km. Us­ing power mode on the free­way, some sand­bags in the back and driv­ing a bit more ag­gres­sively with higher revs be­fore chang­ing gears, the fig­ure climbed to 11,1 L/100 km, or 22% higher. This gives us a good ex­am­ple of how much cash you can save by tak­ing it easy and us­ing com­mon sense.

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