For the first few months of owning the new 9-3 TTiD, I fastidiously recorded the fuel economy; how many miles it could manage per tank, how that translated into mpg, but then I got bored.
For some unknown reason, car manufacturers like to give us completely fabricated mpg figures for new cars; tested on a perfectly flat track, no wind, no braking, minimal acceleration and 13″ wheels only as wide as those on my mountain bike. My wife seems to be the only person in the world that gets close to the official figures, and I still don’t know how she does it.
Anyway, I happened to pass some gorgeous new 450ft high wind turbines at the weekend, and got to thinking about economy and clean energy, which made me think about my 9-3, after all, not only did I fall in love with its looks and luxuriousness, I loved the fact that it was one of the fastest diesel cars on the market with reasonably environmentally friendly credentials of just 119 CO2.
My 9-3 left the SAAB showroom some 8 months ago now, and has returned pretty consistent economy; not the official 60+ combined figure SAAB advertised, but consistent all the same. I do a real world mix of city, country and longer distance motorway driving, and am averaging 41mpg, which translates into around 550 miles per tank. There have been anomalies: 620 something miles from a journey to Cornwall, and 490 something miles mid Winter when I didn’t do much besides sit in snow, rain and lots of traffic, but on average, 41mpg.
I like to think my choice of car, overall is a good one, one that will easily do a few hundred thousand miles, one that lasts long enough for a number of people to own and enjoy it, and one that, over its life will have a reasonably low impact on the environment.
So next time I fly by the beautiful turbines, enjoying the winding country roads and the Hirsch 9-3’s power, I’ll look, smile and be reminded i’m also driving a car with pretty good economy too.