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Firstly sorry to start such a dull topic, after all, if you're spending ?30k plus a few extra pounds a month on fuel probably isn't your biggest concern (esp if like me you still have no idea after paying the deposit 5 months ago, when I'll be paying a few extra pounds for diesel - I digress). I'm currently running a 170 BHP 2.0 TDi A4 which is supposed to get in the region of 48 mpg combined and over 60 mpg extra urban IIRC. However after seeing some comments on here about mpg return I am forced to admit that I struggle to get more than 40, best I've seen was 44mpg with just me in the car on a 200+ motorway journey at a steady 70 (no urban stop start/accelerating). So I wonder why Audi are so far out on their figures when a mate picked up a new 3 series diesel and drove 300 miles home getting pretty much what the book said (and I don't think he drove for economy). The research I did over my economy suggested that the 140 BHP A4 performed as expected and a few 170 BHP drivers got what the book says but MOST did not. Is this just a 170 BHP thing and has it continued with the Q5?
 

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Hi Robbie,
I'm using an A5 2.0 170 at the moment with 5,000 miles on the clock. Most of my runs have been mainly motorway or dual carriageway and I have been getting 50mpg on average and not particularly driving for economy. I would expect this to get better as the engine wears in a bit. It does have start stop but I turn this off everytime I get in the car.
 

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Hi Robbie,
I'm using an A5 2.0 170 at the moment with 5,000 miles on the clock. Most of my runs have been mainly motorway or dual carriageway and I have been getting 50mpg on average and not particularly driving for economy. I would expect this to get better as the engine wears in a bit. It does have start stop but I turn this off everytime I get in the car.
 

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Hi Robbie,

I have a 170 stronic 2.0 TDI which I have had since mid May. I will look at the mpg tonight and let you know as I have only been on one long trip. I think I am getting around 28 / 29 mpg at the moment on local surburban trips in SE London - so lots of stop/start.

Not ideal but I know for a fact that diesels improve with age. It's better and improvemnt for me as my old VW T'reg was doing around 18/20 mpg (2.5 diesel) which was pretty awful !!

Cheers.
 

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Hi Robbie,

I have commented on similiar posts a number of times. I drive a Q5 2.0 TDI 170bhp stronic. I have had mine since November and covered about 17k miles. My car returns around 35mpg, never been better than 36mpg. This is based on fill up to fill up, not the computer reading. Im very suprised at Basils 50mpg from his A5...my wife only gets 44 mpg with her 140 bhp golf. (and she drives like miss Daisy)

I have read claims that some people are getting 45mpg+ from their Q5's same spec as mine...
 

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I have the 2.0TDI Sline S-Tronic. Have done 1200 miles. Calculated consumption from fill up to fill up achieved 31.8 mpg. This is mixed driving with a very lite foot.
I can`t see much more than 35mpg being acheived.
Audi`s figures are sales hype I reckon.
 

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Thanks everyone. It seems some audis do ok and others get nowhere near their published figures yet BMW have no such trouble. Oh well, at this stage I'm still hanging out for the day I can gripe about how bad the fuel economy is
Btw got an email from BMW today about their new X3, 10 more BHP than the Q5, 20 less CO2s and 55 mpg (which it will probably get), improved interior ala 3 series but oh, still looks like the old one, a fallen over fridge. Well I'll keep waiting for my Q5...........
 

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Hi Robbie
We use the car mainly on the school run and the trip computer reads on average 34mpg this is driving around town,we have done 4500 miles so early days yet.We recently drove back from gatwick airport to bexley and the trip computer read 53.4 mpg which is good as far as im concerned its a heavy car and im sure when we have done a few more thousand miles this will improve overall.
 

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I have a 170bhp manual and it has 12500 miles on the clock, total overall mileage is 35.4mpg, I do mostly town/city traffic and would get about 36-38 mpg and on the motorway driving at a steady 55-60mph I get about 44-48mpg. I actually drive quite carefully as it is definitely not as economical as Audi suggest. Still great to drive tho
 

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Its not just audi, VW are rather extravegant with their claimed figures too. That said my old A3 got the book figures every trip and lates over 250K miles in the end. My "new" VW (Q5 replacement) is awful and doesnt even get within 30% of the claimed figures for extra-urban driving. Also doesnt seem to matter if i do enviro-friendly daisy driving or flat out hooning, its crap regardless!
 

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Its not just audi, VW are rather extravegant with their claimed figures too. That said my old A3 got the book figures every trip and lates over 250K miles in the end. My "new" VW (Q5 replacement) is awful and doesnt even get within 30% of the claimed figures for extra-urban driving. Also doesnt seem to matter if i do enviro-friendly daisy driving or flat out hooning, its crap regardless!
I moved from the old T'reg to Q5 so I am more than happy. The olf T'reg range were all guzzlers, petrol and diesel alike. The new T'reg coming out this month in UK are a lot more responsible on the consumption front, especially now they have got rid of the V10
 

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With 960 miles on the clock, I just managed to get an average readout of 47.8 mpg on the DIS, this was mainly 55-70 mph on Motorway & A roads on a total constant run of 345 mile.

Not bad for a 2.0 TDi S-Tronic - well pleased with that! - and as they say "things can only get better" when the engine has freed up a bit!

Hoggy
 

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With 960 miles on the clock, I just managed to get an average readout of 47.8 mpg on the DIS, this was mainly 55-70 mph on Motorway & A roads on a total constant run of 345 mile.

Not bad for a 2.0 TDi S-Tronic - well pleased with that! - and as they say "things can only get better" when the engine has freed up a bit!

Hoggy
Yep - just got mine back from the dealership yesterday after the repairs to the damage caused by the nutter woman and the bloke who reversed out of his drive. Am doing a long run next Tuesday so with around 2,700 miles on the clock I can let you know what mpg I get. I have the same 2.0 TDi S-Tronic.
 

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Thanks everyone. It seems some audis do ok and others get nowhere near their published figures yet BMW have no such trouble. Oh well, at this stage I'm still hanging out for the day I can gripe about how bad the fuel economy is
Btw got an email from BMW today about their new X3, 10 more BHP than the Q5, 20 less CO2s and 55 mpg (which it will probably get), improved interior ala 3 series but oh, still looks like the old one, a fallen over fridge. Well I'll keep waiting for my Q5...........
Every manufactures fuel economy claims are fairly misleading.

We have a Q5 2.0tdi 170 auto on order and are hoping to get around 35mpg.

We currently have a 520d MSport auto and a 320d MSport coupe auto, both with the 177bhp efficiency dynamics engine and neither can get above 35. They are both normally around 32-35ish with mixed driving. BMW combined figure should be 40mpg plus.

The manufactures know how to flatter the official test to get lower co2 scores and higher mpg. Real live driving will be a lot less, unfortunately!

Stu.
 

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Every manufactures fuel economy claims are fairly misleading.

We have a Q5 2.0tdi 170 auto on order and are hoping to get around 35mpg.

We currently have a 520d MSport auto and a 320d MSport coupe auto, both with the 177bhp efficiency dynamics engine and neither can get above 35. They are both normally around 32-35ish with mixed driving. BMW combined figure should be 40mpg plus.

The manufactures know how to flatter the official test to get lower co2 scores and higher mpg. Real live driving will be a lot less, unfortunately!

Stu.
I have done 20K miles in my Q5 2.0 TDI (170) S-line Auto. I comfortably get 35 mpg based on fill up to fill up. This is is mixed driving 50% local + 50% motorway. There are some claims of much higher mpg in excess of 42. Although im not sure if this is based on computer readings.
 

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I have done 20K miles in my Q5 2.0 TDI (170) S-line Auto. I comfortably get 35 mpg based on fill up to fill up. This is is mixed driving 50% local + 50% motorway. There are some claims of much higher mpg in excess of 42. Although im not sure if this is based on computer readings.
Just did the calculation and I am getting 39 mpg tank to tank and showing an average of 36 mpg from new on the DIS.

Hoggy
 

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Just returned from 1700 mls in France driving on all road types and returned 37.5 mpg on the computer in a one yr old 2.0 TDI Q5 with 11000 on the clock.
Much better than the first trip a yr ago when engine was tight and only gave 32 mpg.
Used sport mode in towns with lots of roundabouts to overcome ? turbo or gearbox delay, it gives a much quicker takeoff.Engine much smother now and doesn,t use very much oil.
Hope this helps, here in Mid Wales I only get 30 mpg around the lanes.
 

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hi robbie,

just got me s-line and straight away did a 650 mile tour taking in town, motorway and A roads. Returned 39.5 (based on fill up to fill up calcs) I'm sure as the engine frees up more the mpg will improve. Had a Z4 before my Q5 so mpg is still ok comparing size for size. Well worth the wait!!
 

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Yep - just got mine back from the dealership yesterday after the repairs to the damage caused by the nutter woman and the bloke who reversed out of his drive. Am doing a long run next Tuesday so with around 2,700 miles on the clock I can let you know what mpg I get. I have the same 2.0 TDi S-Tronic.
Well aim getting over 38 zipping down the m'way. This is a vast improvement on my last reading. Engine has don w 3,700 now so I am pleased it is loosening up all the time like I thought.
 

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Well I have a contender for worst mpg in a 2.0 TDi 170 Stronic - 22.6mpg or 323 miles from the last tank! only 1400 miles on the clock and I drive it 5 mins to the station at 7am and back again at 7pm so the poor thing never gets to warm up... at the other extreme if I need to go anywhere on the motorway I drive with a very heavy foot so all in all probably the worst possible combo economy wise - but still didn't expect it to be that low, can anyone beat that?


I'm not in the least bit concerned, mpg isn't even on my radar with this beast which is pure indulgence. Will be interesting to see if it changes over time though.
 
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