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Old 10-12-2008   #16
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Re: 1.3 multijet fuel consumption

I had a 1.3 Multijet Panda prior to my 1.9 Doblo and that gave good but not outstanding economy for a tiny city car at 57 mpg. The engine was super smooth but somehow felt wrong in a small car. People go on about the 16 valve multijet engine being smooth and revable but the last thing you want for economy is to rev the engine.

Diesels never seem to live upto the figures quoted, you have to remember the Combined figure is just a mathematical calculation, there is no such driving style as Combined!

A mate of mine has a new style Lexus iS with a supposed state of the art diesel engine which is supposed to give 44mpg and in 14k miles he cannot better 32mpg and he drives slower than my granny, he's well *****d off!

I test drove the 1.3 Doblo 85bhp and it felt much nippier than the earlier 70bhp model but neither had the feel of a lazy diesel with plenty of torque like the 1.9's and that is what you need for relaxed economical driving.

That said I have the 1.9 105bhp Doblo and I don't acheive the economy of others I get aboutt 45mpg but I know I drive quite hard, so everyones driving style is going to be different.
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