Drivers Victor Harman and David Hancock achieved an average consumption of 66.38 mpg on the 340-mile course, which was completed at “around 36 mph… quicker than most, if not all, the other competitors,” according to Victor.
The brilliant mpg result was enough to bag the Leon a win in the Class 4 category, for diesel passenger cars with CO2 emissions between 110 and 180 g/km. It is a 3.39% improvement on the car’s 64.2 mpg official combined rating – and was achieved with a standard specification car, on standard tyres.
So how did Victor and David achieve their impressive mpg return, and what can drivers do day-to-day to make sure they’re driving as efficiently as possible? Here’s Victor’s advice:
- Plan your route. Don’t waste fuel getting lost. There’s no point in getting slightly better economy if the journey is longer – as some motorway routes can be
- Keep plenty of free space around you so you can drive how you want – not how others do
- Retain your momentum; don’t waste energy shedding speed and having to brake and accelerate again to regain it
- Think well ahead and plan your speed for junctions, bends, roundabouts and other hazards, selecting the right gear for the situation
- In the Leon, we identified its ‘sweet spot’ as cruising at 48-50 mph in sixth gear, when the display said we were doing 70 mpg plus
The course for this year’s event, organised by Fleet World, differed to that of previous years because of its ‘navigational scatter’ format, which allowed drivers to choose their route to various fixed points – thus able to choose the route they felt would be most economical.
Beginning and ending at Tankersley Manor near Sheffield, the event format meant that competitors were required to keep up with traffic, and therefore achieve realistic fuel economy numbers, attainable by anyone.
The Leon SC FR TDI 150 PS DSG that the pair were driving comes as standard with SEAT Drive Profile, which not only offers a Sport mode for a more engaging driving experience, but an Eco mode that encourages a more economical driving style. By relaxing the throttle sensitivity, activating the DSG gearbox’s coasting function, making upshifts earlier, lightening the steering feel, and reducing the air conditioning load, Comfort mode is a great way to ease the process of saving fuel.
The SEAT Leon is priced from £15,550 for an SC model in S specification with a 1.2 TSI 105 PS petrol engine. The three-door FR 2.0 TDI 150 PS DSG that competed in the MPG Marathon is priced at £22,515 OTR.