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I have just bought my first car. 1.4 Peugeot 206. Filled it up which cost £48 and it has gone 280 miles. Just wondering if this is good? bad? average? Thanks. Read More
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1m, 3w agoPosted 1 month, 3 weeks ago
I have just bought my first car. 1.4 Peugeot 206. Filled it up which cost £48 and it has gone 280 miles. Just wondering if this is good? bad? average? Thanks.
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1m, 3w agoPosted 1 month, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Sounds bad to me.
#2
bad
#3
That's what I'm thinking.
#4
17p a mile. In contrast my 2.5L hilux costs 17p per mile so I would say bad. Average vehicle I would say is 12p per mile give or take.
#5
Apx 31 mpg average. Whats most of the driving ? Motorway or town driving? Probably about right for a brand new driver
#6
Depends on how you drive. their are a few things you can do like petrol adatives, pump tyres up to correct pressure, change air filter etc...
#7
barrel24
17p a mile. In contrast my 2.5L hilux costs 17p per mile so I would say bad. Average vehicle I would say is 12p per mile give or take.
But Hilux is Diesel and you get more MPG!


Edited By: crd67 on Mar 04, 2017 14:26: Mistake
#8
.. Anticipate while you drive for instance if you see you are going to approach traffic or red lights lift off the gas and break less suddenly, smoother gear changes, using the correct gears and not revving the hell out of the engine or in too lower gear and putting your foot to the floor while the car judders and splutters
#9
crd67
barrel24
17p a mile. In contrast my 2.5L hilux costs 17p per mile so I would say bad. Average vehicle I would say is 12p per mile give or take.
But Hilux is Diesel and you get more MPG per litre!
MPG per litre? That sounds like a very complicated concept.
#10
Urban driving is 31 mpg. So about right. Unload your car of any unused heavy items and drive efficiently.
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Edited By: crd67 on Mar 04, 2017 14:25
#11
How much does that work out per gallon? I think cars of that era did about 30-45 miles per gallon, I am expecting a lot of this to be driving around town? Stuck in traffic etc. lots of starts and stops
#12
AndyRoyd
crd67
barrel24
17p a mile. In contrast my 2.5L hilux costs 17p per mile so I would say bad. Average vehicle I would say is 12p per mile give or take.
But Hilux is Diesel and you get more MPG per litre!
MPG per litre? That sounds like a very complicated concept.
You are right it should have read more mpg!
#13
I used to drive like a bat out of hell, Rev the hell out of it, used to love driving, I've learnt how you can drive more smoothly I used to get about 31 to 40 mpg out of my old golf vr6
#14
£48 is 9 gallons. So 26.5mpg. Not great would expect around 33mpg round town or around 39mpg on a run.
#15
My first car was a Peugeot 206 too, but a diesel. That thing went on and on and on with a tank of fuel and even better I used Biodiesel which cost me 90p/litre rather than £1.45 for pump diesel. Now I have a Mazda 3 2.0 which currently shows an average of 43.7mpg. It has however been rather cold lately and I've just moved to an area with lots of hills!

According to this: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/peugeot/206-1998 you could achieve around 42mpg from a 1.4 Peugeot 206 so yours is pretty low, even taking into account that you're a new driver and that it may have been all town driving.
#16
dave80
My first car was a Peugeot 206 too, but a diesel. That thing went on and on and on with a tank of fuel and even better I used Biodiesel which cost me 90p/litre rather than £1.45 for pump diesel. Now I have a Mazda 3 2.0 which currently shows an average of 43.7mpg. It has however been rather cold lately and I've just moved to an area with lots of hills!
According to this: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/peugeot/206-1998 you could achieve around 42mpg from a 1.4 Peugeot 206 so yours is pretty low, even taking into account that you're a new driver and that it may have been all town driving.
Damn car, might go back to walking lol x
#17
http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/peugeot/206-1998

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/archive/index.php/t-144255.html

Could also be a sensor at fault read above and worth trying :) lambda sensors have a lot to answer for sometimes!

This site is also worth a read http://www.autofuelfix.com/blog/fuel-economy-causes-poor-mpg good luck!



Edited By: sjr1974uk on Mar 04, 2017 14:40: Info
#18
seems about normal for local driving. also depends what price u payed per litre aswell. some areas at moment are over 130p per litre and others as low as 110p thaylts quite abig differnce petrol cars older ones say pre 2006 1.4 around that seems fine. on local drive 1 get a slow as 16mpg for a toyota corolla verso 1.8 don't think there's anything wrong with ur car.

Also how did u work it out did u top up full once then top up again to full or just by the level indicators. such as fuel light coming on.
#19
crd67
barrel24
17p a mile. In contrast my 2.5L hilux costs 17p per mile so I would say bad. Average vehicle I would say is 12p per mile give or take.
But Hilux is Diesel and you get more MPG!



Exactly so that makes the op mpg even worse compared to the hilux.
#20
You have the same car as my mother. You should be getting better miles per gallon. She gets on average about 14P per mile. Mine is 12p per mile but I have a smaller engine as I have a 1litre corsa. Your fuel sensor might need replacing, do you notice the engine revs quite a bit changing gear or starting momentum? I'd ask a garage to have a quick inspection of the car or if you know a mechanic even better
#21
As said it all depends on where and how you drive, I do 90% town work half in heavy traffic and get 27 mpg out of my C-max 1.6 petrol.

I drove for a living for 20 odd years so know how to get the most out of my car (throttle position, gear choice , anticipation etc) but I also have to have a lot of kit in the boot and roof bars all of which make a difference, also wrong time of year but AC will knock a few MPG off.
#22
barrel24
crd67
barrel24
17p a mile. In contrast my 2.5L hilux costs 17p per mile so I would say bad. Average vehicle I would say is 12p per mile give or take.
But Hilux is Diesel and you get more MPG!
Exactly so that makes the op mpg even worse compared to the hilux.
Think he means u should compare it to a hummer or super car, then if it was worse than that then there must be a problem
#23
Wow, So 30mpg in my 2.0L petrol Smax mainly urban driving is pretty good then :).
#24
Seems good to me! I seen 5mpg on my Range Rover a couple of times lol
#25
drtongue
Depends on how you drive. their are a few things you can do like petrol adatives, pump tyres up to correct pressure, change air filter etc...

Definitely worth checking your tyre pressure if you haven't already done so to rule that out.
#26
That's awful, my missus has a 1.6 sport Toyota auris, full tank £45-£50 we can get around 400 miles out of it, unleaded
#27
It's about right. If you are just going to school and back the engine never gets properly warm.
#28
Had an rx8 and worst was 11mpg and 1 ltr of oil but 11-12000 revs did sound nice diesel exeo now and 50 mpg average
#29
GAVINLEWISHUKD
£48 is 9 gallons. So 26.5mpg. Not great would expect around 33mpg round town or around 39mpg on a run.

You've slipped up somewhere there. 280 divided by 9 isn't 26.5.

At the UK average petrol price of £1.2018 per litre I make it 8.78 gallons which gives 31.9mpg.

If you're in an expensive area or opted for super unleaded that amount could easily be 35mpg or a bit more.
#30
It's pretty irrelevant

You've bought the car now.
#31
I have a pug 306.

It's 20 years old.

1.8 auto

60 pound to fill the tank

325 miles.
#32
After reading all these comments think my 30 to 40 mpg out of a petrol 98 2.8 litre vr6 can't be too bad
#33
hello there op just realised u were asking a few times about driving instructor have u know passed ur test. if u have congratulations of not yet hope u do soon. anyway being a new driver I wouldn't worry too much about the fuel consumption at all. and if ur learning then that's pretty good figures as there's probably a good amount of manoeuvre practice u have been doing or I hope u have been as u said ur driving instructor wasn't letting u do much.
#34
EndlessWaves
GAVINLEWISHUKD
£48 is 9 gallons. So 26.5mpg. Not great would expect around 33mpg round town or around 39mpg on a run.
You've slipped up somewhere there. 280 divided by 9 isn't 26.5.
At the UK average petrol price of £1.2018 per litre I make it 8.78 gallons which gives 31.9mpg.
If you're in an expensive area or opted for super unleaded that amount could easily be 35mpg or a bit more.

Must be going mad (or op changed it). I used 240 miles. :)
#35
about right for short distances cold weather
#36
MynameisM
seems about normal for local driving. also depends what price u payed per litre aswell. some areas at moment are over 130p per litre and others as low as 110p thaylts quite abig differnce petrol cars older ones say pre 2006 1.4 around that seems fine. on local drive 1 get a slow as 16mpg for a toyota corolla verso 1.8 don't think there's anything wrong with ur car.
Also how did u work it out did u top up full once then top up again to full or just by the level indicators. such as fuel light coming on.
I topped it up from empty x
#37
MynameisM
hello there op just realised u were asking a few times about driving instructor have u know passed ur test. if u have congratulations of not yet hope u do soon. anyway being a new driver I wouldn't worry too much about the fuel consumption at all. and if ur learning then that's pretty good figures as there's probably a good amount of manoeuvre practice u have been doing or I hope u have been as u said ur driving instructor wasn't letting u do much.
No I haven't passed, yes I was spending a fortune on lessons and no he wasn't letting me do manoeuvres/parking etc so thought I'd get in private pracise. Thanks.
#38
louisebarker
MynameisM
hello there op just realised u were asking a few times about driving instructor have u know passed ur test. if u have congratulations of not yet hope u do soon. anyway being a new driver I wouldn't worry too much about the fuel consumption at all. and if ur learning then that's pretty good figures as there's probably a good amount of manoeuvre practice u have been doing or I hope u have been as u said ur driving instructor wasn't letting u do much.
No I haven't passed, yes I was spending a fortune on lessons and no he wasn't letting me do manoeuvres/parking etc so thought I'd get in private pracise. Thanks.


so considering all that it's fine plenty of manoeuvres etc. no motorway driving and most likely lots of revs so the car doesn't stall especially coming upto to a hill etc. don't worry about the mpg concentrate on the manoeuvres.
#39
I get 200 miles for ~£60 (~55L) in my 1.8L focus 90% of the time on my local journeys so it's not too bad, 350-400 miles if I do exclusively motorway journeys, 250-300 if I mix it. I only do 1500-2000 miles a year though so it's not enough for me to care about it.

Edited By: dcx_badass on Mar 04, 2017 21:36
#40
dcx_badass
I get 200 miles for ~£60 (~55L) in my 1.8L focus 90% of the time on my local journeys so it's not too bad, 350-400 miles if I do exclusively motorway journeys, 250-300 if I mix it. I only do 1500-2000 miles a year though so it's not enough for me to care about it.
Have you any idea how much you save on your insurance with the low mileage? By any chance?

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