Research in the UK by motoring website Honest John has revealed that 88% of hybrid vehicles cannot deliver on their fuel consumption claims.
The site analysed 148 000 fuel economy reports submitted by drivers to come to some alarming conclusions.
The worst offender is the Mercedes-Benz C350e, which is built in SA and which managed to achieve only 36.9% of its claimed consumption figure.
Second worst is the BMW 330e at 37.2% of the claimed figure with the Volkswagen Golf GTE (not sold in SA) third worst at 38.1%. The Lexus GS 450h was the best performer achieving 84.2% of the claimed consumption number, followed by the Toyota Rav4 hybrid (not sold in SA) at 79.3% and the Toyota Yaris hybrid at 77.9%. Toyota and Lexus claimed four of the top five positions. – AFP Relaxnews