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Holden Captiva: Poor fuel consumption

Asked by Blavinder Singh Gill

There was a label on my 2010 Holden Captiva SX when I bought it saying that the fuel consumption average was 11.2 L/100 km, but when I checked after buying the car it said that the average was 6.2 km/litre or it runs 425 km on a full tank. I talked to the company and they said that this is normal and after I run my car for 15,000 km it will become 11.2 L/100km. I feel like something is wrong and am not satisfied. Can you tell me what to do?

Answered by CarsGuide

24 Feb 2011 CarsGuide team

Holden claims the fuel consumption of the petrol Captiva is 16.4 L/  100 km in urban, or city, driving conditions, but that drops to 8.9 L/100 km in extra urban, or country type driving. On average, the company claims, the Captiva would average 11.6 L/100 km. You say yours does 6.2 km/litre, which equates to 16.1 L/100 km, and that's in line with Holden's claims for urban driving. When you look at the labels on the windscreen you need to take in all of the information, not just the combined, or average, figures. The main thing they are there for is to allow you to compare one vehicle with another rather than give you an outright number that you will get from the vehicle yourself. Before complaining to the dealer I would do what has been suggested, that is to run it for the 15,000 km. You should see a reduced in the consumption as the vehicle beds in.

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