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Fuel efficiency means fuel economy. That's more dollars in your pocket at the end of the week, and less environmental impact. You win. The environment wins.
There are all sorts of things you can do to drive more fuel efficiently. But your choice of car will be the key to spending less on fuel. All cars now have well-documented fuel consumption characteristics, which can help you understand the running costs of a car on your consideration list. It's all about understanding the total cost of ownership and how much your new car impacts the world around you.
Understanding Your Fuel Options
You have three main choices when you pull into your local petrol station: 91 octane, 95 octane and diesel. Modern vehicles perform best and most fuel efficiently with the recommended fuel type. Using the wrong fuel may lead to increased fuel consumption and engine wear and could end up costing you more – see AA's motoring tips. Stick with the manufacturers’ recommendations.
Don’t forget to factor in the type of fuel recommended for your car in determining fuel costs. But type of fuel is only one factor to consider.
Fuel Economy Labelling Explained
Based on independent data offered through the government's own Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), recently introduced fuel labelling will tell you:
The label is displayed on all cars manufactured after 2000, provided the information is available. Labels and fuel calculators are available from the Fuelsaver website.
Figures are tested under controlled conditions and are provided for comparison purposes, actual results will vary according to vehicle usage and operating conditions.
Your driving style plays an important part in your fuel consumption, and considerable savings can be made by following these guidelines:
If your vehicle is equipped with a fuel efficiency meter, switching operations on the Multi-Information Display (MID) or car navigation display can indicate average fuel efficiency and fuel efficiency at a given moment (the latter is great for monitoring your driving on longer trips or around town).
There are also cars that have an eco driving indicator, which lights up when your driving is eco-friendly, as well as a zone indicator that shows accelerator opening degree and your current range of eco-friendly driving. Our Prius range have these features as standard, click here to find out more.