New fuel economy test proves just how far out official figures are

A new and more realistic fuel economy test shows that real-world consumption figures are up to 56 per cent worse than the official numbers

Is there a car buyer left in this country who believes the official fuel consumption figures? If there was, then the scandal of VW’s diesel emissions cheating must have shattered their illusions.

It’s now abundantly clear: laboratory testing and the figures gained from it tell us diddly squat about how much fuel we’ll actually use.

The veil has slipped so much that French firm PSA Peugeot-Citroen has chucked it away altogether and said it will now publish “real-world” fuel consumption figures alongside the official lab figures from June this year.