Originally Posted by Tim M
Indeed - looked for a twin air on auto trader purely for the 68mpg economy
... then I think you'd be disappointed if that was your expectation. Whilst the two cylinder engine is clearly derived to have 'green' credentials, it can't overcome the laws of physics. Under laboratory conditions of the EU fuel consumption tests I'm sure 68mpg is achievable, just like all the other cars that post 50/60/70mpg. The reality of everyday driving is always
different and always
lower and usually significantly
lower. Best to just use the EU data for comparison purposes - car A versus car B - and judge the difference, rather than for the absolute numbers. If you Google Fiat 500 fuel consumption you'll find lots of disgruntled punters (but that goes for most makes and models!)
My experience is that the official numbers are about as accurate and realistic as those from folks who claim their car does 70mpg
PS: not sure who posted it but the twin air is a straight twin not a V twin.