We conducted a fuel economy run on the Honda City diesel last month, achieving as much as 45 kmpl during the 170km test run; the response to our video was immense, getting close to a lakh views within a fortnight. This also encouraged us to try the same economy run on a different vehicle, this time on the new and popular Mahindra Marazzo : go ahead and click the play button immediately to see the results!
As seen in the video, we achieved almost 28 kmpl on our 179km test run. This figure is 60% over the claimed or certified economy of 17.3 kmpl. While we do understand this is not the way we generally drive on open roads, the aim was to showcase how much a vehicle can over-deliver when driven with a light right foot. The run was done on the traffic free Taj Expressway that connects Delhi and Agra. For the record, we had the air-con running and cruising speeds were set at 70 km/h.
The Mahindra Marazzo was launched in September and is an all-new vehicle developed at a cost of over USD 200 million. This family van is cleverly slotted between the cheaper Maruti Ertiga and the more expensive Toyota Innova Crysta. It is offered with only one engine option of a newly developed 1.5-litre diesel that puts out 120 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox.
A fuel economy run like this one also proves that if we are able to alter our driving habits, we can easily off-set the ever increasing fuel prices. The Marazzo is no light weight vehicle and due to its generous dimensions, is not very aerodynamic either. Inspite of this, when driven with a light foot, it sips one millilitre (ml) of diesel for every 28 meters : that’s astonishing by any means. Do watch the video above and let us know which car you would want us to test next for the maximum possible economy.