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Suzuki Ignis 1.2 SHVS 2WD Wins What Car? Best True MPG Award 2018

The Suzuki 1.2 SHVS 2WD has beaten out the stiff, efficient competition to be crowned the winner of the What Car? Best True MPG Award 2018.

In What Car? Tests, the little Suzuki closely matched its claimed 65.7mpg combined rating with a real-world figure of 56.9mpg combined, a difference of just 8.8mpg or 14.335% which is a very healthy difference.

The winning version of the Suzuki Ignis is powered by a 1.2-litre, non-turbocharged petrol engine which is coupled with a tiny battery. This hybrid system generates electricity when slowing down and feeds that energy back to the engine to assist with acceleration. It means less fuel is used to start, stop and get going.

Because it doesn’t need plugging in or charging, the mild hybrid system utilised by the Suzuki Ignis is non-intrusive.

You drive this car like a normal car with the technology working in the background to deliver excellent efficiency.

No other car came close to matching it in What Car? tests. What Car? also tested the four-wheel drive version and returned 53.3mpg combined. This is incredible when you consider it isn’t diesel, the holy fuel of combined mpg.

Nothing has surpassed its stellar average True MPG figure of 59.6mpg. Given the wide selection of hybrids, downsized turbocharged petrol engines and diesel we’ve tested this year, that’s quite some achievement,” said What Car on the Suzuki Ignis.

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Why is true mpg important?

Most drivers find they don’t achieve the fuel economy figures quoted by the manufacturer with some seeing a difference of over 40%.

The reason for this is the New European Driving Cycle (NEDP) test, which falsely advertises its purpose because it actually hasn’t been updated since 1997. The issue with it is it doesn’t produce real results. It’s all done in a lab.

The introduction of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) will change this. The new WLTP test applies to all car registrations from September 2018. Cars registered prior to September 2018 have NEDC figures.

The Suzuki Ignis tested by What Car? has an official fuel economy rating of 65.7mpg combined under that now outdated NEDP test, which is what makes its true economy of 56.9mpg so great. A difference of just 8.8mpg is incredible given the inconsistency of NEDC tests, and it’s certainly something Suzuki can be proud of.

Because the Suzuki 1.2 SHVS 2WD is powered by a petrol engine, NOx emissions are far lower than on a diesel. The real-world fuel economy around town is also better and because the engine is small, it heats up quickly and doesn’t sound gruff. It’s a smooth, flexible engine that’s now been deservedly awarded for its efficiency.

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