September 10, 2009

A Little Experiment

Now that I’m used to my new Alfa Mito I thought I’d do a little expermient

Now my driving style can probably best be described as exhuberant and wasteful in this car.

Air Con on – Check
Using Dynamic* Mode – Check
REVS!!! – Check

*Dynamic Mode is essentially the car’s hardcore mode, it overboosts the engine, stiffens up the suspension, sharpens the steering and increases the risk of Back Injury due to flying round corners too fast

However with Petrol in the UK now spiralling back upward towards £1.10p a litre (That’s $8.31 a gallon for you Americans) it time I took a little look at this so it’s time for an experiment!!

For my last tank of fuel (45 litres/10 gallons ish) I drove in my normal rather non-planet conservationary style and at the end of the tank got 323 miles out of the car (Total of about 32.5mpg according to the onboard computer) which is WAAAAAAY less than what this car should be able to do. (apparently it can do 43.5mpg combined although I think that’s BS)

Now thanks to the dodgy as shit pumps at Tesco I was only able to put in about 36 litres which my petrol guage tells me leaves me with about 7/8ths of a tank.

So here’s the challenge.

For the rest of this tank I am going to:

1) Not use the Air Conditioning/Climate Control (Windows are allowed)
2) Not Use Dynamic Mode (Normal Mode is fine)
3) Keep the car is an high of a gear as possible without it being unresponsive (i.e. I’m not going to put it in 6th gear at 30mph because I won’t have the responsiveness should I have to move quickly)

So now it’s fun time:

Any guesses welcome for mpg and miles I can get out of 7/8ths of a tank while not driving like a tosser??

I reckon via educted guess I can get it up to abou 36-37mpg which will get me about 300 miles I think….

Any responses?

Posted By Boomer at 04:23 PM



rootbeer 2000 posted on September 12, 2009 at 15:20 PM


I'll take the over. 41 mpg is my guess. Nice pic of the Alfa as well. It's hard to drive a red car slowly though.....

Boomer posted on September 13, 2009 at 18:05 PM


Yeah really, Alfas don't do slow, unless broken down, and I always want to push it that little bit. The initial eresults are looking rather intereting to be honest. Obviously we get a heat wave the DAY AFTER I start not using my air con. Hmpf

rootbeer 2000 posted on September 14, 2009 at 13:24 PM


Standard :P

Isac posted on September 23, 2009 at 18:48 PM


I'm late.

You CAN do 42 I think it's just a question whether or not you are willing to ;)
But I have absolutely no clue for what gallon is compared to Danish standards, aswell as the mile think confuses me.
fwiw you can drive 15km/l I think, is it over your guess :/

Boomer posted on September 24, 2009 at 16:27 PM


In order to do 43mpg in this car you'd have to drive along a perfectly flat road at 56mph in top gear for about 7 hours breaking, no turning, no hills.

I'm actually re-doing a little and not letting the car rev beyond 3000 revs which is pretty low, i.e. no fast starts, speed limited, and using MEGA high gearing and I still can't get over 38 so I'm pretty much considering 38 the maximum it will do unless you're clinically soulless and hate all other human beings in which case you maaaaaay get 39.

And as for conversion, 1 gallon = 4.54 litres in the UK (different in the US). 1 mile = 1.609km

So you're pretty much bang on :)

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