Sales figuresNewsinsightManufacturernewsFleetprofileRemarketinganalysisNews digestCar RecruitmentreviewsOur fleet Renault Megane Grand Scenic Dynamique TomTom dCi 110 EDC AutoCost P11D price £23,745BIK tax band 20%Class 1A NIC £590Annual VED £115RV £4,925Running cost 38.35ppmCurrent mileage 8,935Test mpg 55.0SpecificationEngine (cc) trgrtg33Power (bhp/rpm) 110/4,000Torque (lb/ft) 177/1,750CO2 124Official mpg 60.1Max speed (mph) 1120-60 (sec) 14.3* Running cost data supplied by KeeResources (4yr/80k)Slow and steady wins the fuel consumption raceBy John MaslenI made a determined effort to match the Renault Megane Scenic's official combined fuel economy figure of 60.1mpg.As a result, I made a long, boring journey between Peterborough and Bristol even more tedious, with a steady 'drive at 65' strategy that made me feel like I was 65.The result, after more than 300 miles, was a fuel economy reading of 55mpg, which is better than the 45mpg average I have been getting, but matching the figure I have achieved in some of the most efficient fleet cars that are not hybrids.This is also pretty impressive when you consider the Grand Scenic is effectively an automatic, but its clever EDC auto system can return the economy of a manual gearbox with the convenience of auto-mated shifting (I have reviewed this system in detail in a previous test).Whether it's a driver or a fleet manager paying for the fuel, the extra effort is probably worth it in the long run for two reasons.Firstly, over 60,000 miles, the money that can be saved can't be ignored. If you achieved 55mpg over the life of the car instead of 45mpg, you would save 243 gallons of fuel. Diesel now costs £6.29 a gallon on average according to the very useful fuel price checker on the Fleet News website, so the potential saving is £1,528.Some fleet managers are being besieged by drivers complaining that their fuel reimbursement rates don't reflect the actual cost of fuel, but what they really mean is the rates don't reflect the cost of their driving style.Achieving 55mpg is equivalent to a fuel cost of 11.4 pence per mile, but achieving just 45mpg is equiv-alent to a fuel cost of 14ppm.With fuel prices continuing to rise, that's a lesson that drivers including myself will have to learn on their increasingly slow journeys - full throttle; empty wallet.
Our fleet Seat Leon EcomotiveLeon stands out from the hatchback crowdFactfileCost P11D price £18,625BIK tax band 13%Class 1A NIC £334Annual VED £0RV £4,900Running cost 28.29ppmCurrent mileage 13,582Test mpg 65.0SpecificationEngine (cc) 1,598Power (bhp/rpm) 105/4,400Torque (lb/ft) 285/1,500CO2 99g/kmOfficial mpg 74.3Max speed (mph) 1180-62 (sec) 11.5* Running cost data supplied by KeeResources (3yr/60k)By Debbie WoodThe Leon has been with me since May and I have grown attached to it. It's not until you go out and see what else is on the market that you really appreciate what the Seat has to offer. For fleets, it's one of the few cars in its class with less than 100g/km of CO2 but is perhaps the best looking and drivers have the added bonus that the car's sporty exterior turns heads and excellent handling makes it a pleasure to drive. It achieves this partly through its start-stop technology, which is something I have become completely used to now. It would be strange to drive a car without it.Another highlight of our Leon is its built-in media system - including sat-nav - which looks like it belongs in a much more expensive car.I have only a few grumbles about the Leon and one of them is that it has proved impossible to match the official combined fuel economy of 74mpg. I have achieved 68mpg, but am at a complete loss to fathom where the rest is supposed to be gained. The only other grumble I have is with the interior, which has managed to date a lot quicker than the exterior. Although some of the materials were upgraded on the 2009 facelift, newer rivals have nicer interiors.The engine has been impressive. Despite being tuned to deliver economy, the Leon's diesel torque makes it fun to drive and the engine creates is surprisingly refined. You get the impression that the people back at Seat's HQ have really thought hard about how to make the Leon stand out from its rivals, espe-cially when it comes to looks and the result is a resounding success. I will genuinely be sad when the Leon leaves me. The good news for me is that I will be swap-ping the keys for its sister car, the Ibiza.