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More miles in a Rexton

11th December 2008 Print
How far can you go in a Rexton on a gallon of diesel? The official figures for a 270 SPR suggest urban consumption of 25.0mpg, extra-urban at 35.3mpg and a combined figure of 30.7mpg. But the recent ALD Automotive/Total Excellium MPG Mileage Marathon organised by Fleet World, showed just what’s possible with a little care and a lighter right foot.

Fleet World journalist Natalie Wallis and SsangYong PR man Simon Small – both economy driving virgins – completed the 411 mile route in a standard Rexton 270 SPR to record an overall figure of 38.8mpg. All entrants were measured against the official ‘combined’ figure for their vehicle, so the Rexton improved by 26.39 per cent.

This was real world driving with time limits, so serious dawdling wasn’t possible. Out of 30 entrants ranging from the most frugal Yaris to a stonking Chevrolet Corvette, the Rexton achieved the 12th best improvement. And both drivers reckoned that with a little less overnight baggage and a lighter foot on the motorways, 40mpg might have been a realistic goal.