£200m fuel gap detected on new cars

NEW car buyers are spending almost £200 million a year extra because their vehicles do far fewer miles to the gallon than makers claim, it was revealed yesterday.

On average, cars are 8 per cent thirstier than makers' figures, research by What Car? magazine showed. Of 85 cars surveyed, only five hit their makers' mpg claim.

The biggest discrepancy was in the hybrid petrol-electric Toyota Prius, which could only manage 52mpg - nearly 14mpg below Toyota's claim.

What Car? editor Steve Fowler said: "The fault lies not with the manufacturers, but the unrealistic method of testing cars' economy."

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