How frugal?

Mid-6s ap­pear to be the magic num­ber

Wheels (Australia) - - FEATURE/ SKYACTIV-X ON TOUR -

Wheels’ own John Carey re­cently had a chance to test the ef­fi­ciency of the SkyActiv-X en­gine, driv­ing a six-speed man­ual 3 over 1000km in the UK. “There were plenty of short trips of 10km to 30km, longer cross-coun­try ex­pe­di­tions that meant fre­quent crawl­ing through con­gested town cen­tres, and some quick mo­tor­way journeys,” says Carey. “We saw 6.4L/100km, which is an im­pres­sive num­ber, tak­ing into ac­count the mix of con­di­tions and given the car was driven nor­mally, avoid­ing fuel-sav­ing strate­gies that would max­imise econ­omy.”

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