MPG Marathon 2018


Honda Civic claims top honours

HONDA has claimed top honours in the 2018 MPG Marathon, not only achieving the best overall economy but the highest improvement compared to its combined-cycle figure over two days and almost 350 miles of real-world driving.

Driven by BBC Transport Correspondent Paul Clifton and his daughter Françoise, the Civic 1.6i-DTEC recorded an impressive 87.5mpg over a mixed route spanning from the Cotswolds to the Peak District. Not only is that a 7% improvement in fuel economy versus the NEDC Correlated combined-cycle figure, but it’s a 42.7% improvement over the forthcoming WLTP test data too.

The results validate the ongoing importance of diesel for company car fleets and motorwaymileage drivers. For those who want excellent economy, long range, reliability and low tax liability, the Civic ticks every box. Honda’s latest-generation diesel engine also meets the stringent new Euro 6d-TEMP standard, which assesses on-road emissions versus laboratory results.

Honda’s state-of-the-art 118bhp 1.6-litre i-DTEC engines have taken multiple class and overall wins at the MPG Marathon since they were first entered in 2014. The latest generation, comprehensively revised for the new Civic, returns up to 80.7mpg with CO2 emissions from 93g/km, with reduced noise, weight and friction and sharper responses. For the first time, it can also be paired with Honda’s slick nine-speed automatic transmission, offering extra comfort for high-mileage drivers.

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Analysing the Data: Airmax Remote Telematics

With participants able to select their own routes, vehicles entered in the MPG Marathon were fitted with telematics boxes from Airmax Remote. This not only offered a live overview of where they were during the event itself, but a huge amount of historical data to analyse how vehicles were driven and the different journey types taken.

Telematics has become more advanced, but easier than ever to fit. The Airmax Remote plugs into vehicles’ diagnostic ports, taking around 15-20 minutes to be installed into the car – in this case, on site at the Marathon start line. Each vehicle also had a display on the dashboard, showing long-term and real-time driver behaviour via a line of red, orange and green LEDs to help improvements en-route.

The data recorded is staggering. Airmax Remote says its technology is aimed at reducing the cost, risk and environmental footprint of a fleet. And that data can be displayed via a customisable portal, giving an overview or enabling deeper analysis of individual groups or drivers. It’s incredibly granular, with league tables reflecting fuel economy and driver behaviour. No two drivers took the same route on either day. Indeed, there was a near 58-mile difference between the longest and shortest distances covered during the event – the shortest, at 324 miles, was the event-winning Honda Civic. However, this took 40 minutes longer to complete the route than the Kia Ceed in second place.

MPG Marathon drivers were, unsurprisingly, not overly prone to speeding or harsh driving. As a group, the most common risk factor was harsh braking, while some vehicles were idling for 6% of the time they were out driving. If anything, we barely scratched the surface. Airmax’s technology can monitor a multitude of vehicle parameters, ensuring proper maintenance, detecting collisions and highlighting under-utilised assets.

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Complete 2018 Results

Click to download the 2018 MPG Marathon driver diaries results and more in PDF.