Had 1.8 tdci for over two years now, had at best approx 72.5 mpg on a good long run, 60 mpg on local a roads and 52-54 driving around town. basically its the normal advice, drive steady, dont accelerate and brake sharply, anticipate traffic flow. i personnally inflate my tyres 1 psi above the manual to 35 psi, only use quality shell or bp diesel and change my air filter every 12 months, not 36 months on servicing.
i used to use asda diesel
but economy increased, for town driving, from 43 to about 52.
it also helps if you are married to a Advanced driving instructor, sitting in the passenger seat.
computer on our 2.0 tdci said 58 mpg on a short trip off about 15 miles but i had to drive very slow well for me any way. about 3 miles where on a duel carrageway at 69 on cruise.but the rest was on normal a roads with light traffic and only a couple of juntions. wife said i should drive like that all the time she wish's.
"This model is available with an advanced Flexifuel engine, which burns bio-ethanol (E85), petrol or any mixture of the two â€“ and with no discernable impact on performance. Bio-ethanol is beneficial for the environment compared to petrol as it is renewable and absorbed CO2 from the atmosphere during the growth of the crop used to make the bio-ethanol."....."At the 2007 International Geneva Motor Show, Ford was pleased to announce that it will extend its FFV range by offering Flexifuel versions of the new Mondeo, Galaxy and S-MAX in early 2008. Currently Focus and C-MAX FFVs are available in the UK."
I got it because I travel less than 8000 miles a year and it cost the same as the standard petrol engine. Road tax is cheaper at £150 rather than £170 and there could be future tax benefits too. Problem is it's hard to get hold of with only a handful of Morrison's selling it but this may change and it delivers fewer miles to the gallon due to it's higher octane rating.
45+ mpg solo, up to 54mpg on a long run driving like a vicar.. 30- 33 with 1250kg on caravan on the back. The 1.6TDCi should better that- the combinedfigure for the 1.6TDCi is about 5mpg better than the 1.8TDCi..