The 2015 ‘MPG Marathon’ took place in autumn 2015, organised by Fleet World magazine and sponsored by Barclaycard Fuel+. Two of the three teams entering with Honda cars placed in the overall top three in ‘Best percentage improvement’ for quoted economy.
The marathon is a two-day drive across the UK, covering over 400 miles and testing the real-world fuel economy of the vehicles driven by competitors. Drivers are tasked to find the most efficient route between set checkpoints, taking traffic, roadworks and other regular motoring factors into account.
Paul Clifton, transport correspondent for southern England at the BBC, was one of the entrants. He and teammate Shaun Cronin covered the distance in a Honda CR-V. The car’s 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine returned an average 84.34mpg.
Last year’s winners, Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, returned in their diesel-powered Honda Civic Tourer. Their recorded average of 90.46mpg improved on the quoted level by close to a quarter.
A 17-year-old duo of drivers in a Honda Civic entered the marathon only a few weeks after passing their driving tests. Coincidentally, Paul and Shaun were their driving instructors. The two also became the youngest motorists ever to compete. Their score of an average 93.81mpg in the car represented a 20 percent increase over listed brochure figures.
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