Pants, yes it's correct. When I drove the 159 at 70 mph on the M25 with a very light foot and was getting 39 mpg I knew it was not going to be good news. On hard acceleration 12 mpg
My 156 1.9 will deliver an easy 50 mpg under those conditions, with 60+ achievable if I stick to 60 mph - some chance. I once averaged 60 mpg and 60 mph over a 60 mile motorway journey just trying to see what the car could do.
The 159 drove great and I loved it, but as I have to pay BIK and my own fuel a 33 mpg average would cause a wallet implosion with the miles I do. For example I could get a 325i BMW petrol (pardon my swearing) and be better off. I drove a 320D Auto
over a few days and despite the freezing weather got an easy 47 mpg.
The 159 does suffer because of the weight, but I think that is overplayed to some extent. The CO2 figure does give a clue when compared to others. (159 2.4 SW 179
; Jag 2.2 Estate 159
; Honda 2.2 Tourer 155
; Mondeo 2.0 Estate 156
) The 1.9 SW should be better at 162
, but still trails the others.
BMW, boring I know; are over the horizon on CO2 compared to the others ; 320D Estate 131
; 320i Petrol Estate 148
; 325D Estate (3 litre) 158
and 325I 2.5 litre petrol estate 173
Makes for depressing reading don't it.