Blog: Dave LeggettBMW diesel versus Prius - real life experiment

Dave Leggett | 27 March 2008

Someone sent me a link to an interesting article in The Times in which two journos each head from London to Geneva - one in a Toyota Prius and one in a BMW 5 Series diesel, to compare fuel consumption. Now then, now then (as Jimmy Saville would say), real world fuel consumption figures can appear to be at odds with what the official figures say and that's a general observation for which no one maker should carry the whole can. And this wasn't exactly a totally controlled and scientifically rigorous experiment.

But if fuel consumption frugality is a major part of a model's whole USP and raison d'etre, a big difference between the official figure and what you get in reality is maybe a little more serious, yes? 

I guess if I put my cynical head on for a moment, this article might not have been as interesting if the Prius had 'won', as expected. Maybe the BMW driver was actually trying pretty hard or is naturally a bit less heavy footed than Jason Dawes. And there is always the point that the Prius will be better around town in terms of fuel consumption than the BMW, which is perhaps better suited to this sort of very long journey - and this sort of journey isn't representative of how such cars are used most of the time, by most people.  

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