Date registered: Dec 2012
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If Smart Cdi owners adopted the correct driving style to achieve 80+mpg then we would all see a big increase in our fuel economy.
The Cdi has A/C as standard, i bet 99% of owners use that A/C on a regular basis.
The use of A/C will cripple your fuel economy by as much as 10mpg.
How often does the average driver check their tyre pressure with a known accurate gauge and use a footpump not the often highly inaccurate garage airline.
Incorrect tyre pressure can rob you of another 5-6mpg.
The quality of fuel used can have an impact on fuel consumption aswell.
In the three years ive owned my Cdi ive never used supermarket diesel even though currently its 5p a litre cheaper than the regular Shell garage i use.
I am not a rich person by any means but using the best quality diesel is important for fuel economy.
Last week i even put 3 gallons of £1.48 a litre Shell V power diesel into the car because i know the addatives and way the V power is manufactured make it similar to the old 5star rated octane fuels we had years ago.
I never use the A/C on my car even though i am supposed to use it now and again to regenerate the gasses in the system.
My tyre pressure is checked weekly and is always accurate.
I always use the highest quality fuel no matter what it costs, and because the Smart uses so little of the expensive diesel i put in it then it does not matter that its costing me say an extra £1 or £2 to fill up the car.
The biggest way to save fuel, even bigger than any of the ones ive already mentioned is your speed.
On my regular journey up and down the A55 expressway towards Chester i keep my Smart to that 80-85Kmh or 50-55mph because i know that is the speed for best fuel economy.
Last week i lost count of how many drivers overtook me at 70+ seeing me as a nuisance travelling to them what appeared a very slow speed.
If every owner of a Smart Cdi adopted a totally different driving style to thei current one they are using taking into account NO A/C, correct tyre pressure, using quality fuel and servicing their car regularly then their fuel economy will rocket.
There is no magic secret to achieving stellar fuel economy , you have to work hard at it but the rewards can be significant.
Getting 90mpg from a Smart Cdi can be done but do not expect it to be easy because its not.