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Miles Per Gallon (MPG)

Why is mpg important?

In Britain, a car’s fuel consumption is measured in miles per gallon, which is shortened to MPG. Manufacturers have to include this number in all publicity for the model. A car’s official mpg figure will tell you how far it will travel using one UK gallon (4.55 litres) of petrol or diesel. However, this is figure is a guide, rather than an exact figure. Driving at a high speed or in stop-start traffic will lower a car’s mpg, so it will need to refuelled more often and cost more to run.

Related Jargon

What is the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC)?

The New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is a laboratory-based test designed to assess the emission levels of car engines and fuel economy of car models on sale.

What is the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)?

The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) is a laboratory test that is used to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from passenger cars, as well as their pollutant emissions.

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