The annual MPG Marathon pitted 11 vans from the UK against each other over a 370-mile drive across motorways and country lanes last weekend.
However, unlike a normal marathon, the winner was not the van which finished first. Instead, it was the van which used the least fuel over the distance.
The winner was a Fiat Fiorino van which uses Fiat’s award-winning MultiJet engine technology in the form of a 1.3-litre diesel engine.
Over the 370 miles, the Fiat Fiorino clocked up 82.96mpg – as high as a small city car – to take the title of greenest van in the competition.
“I was really impressed that the Fiorino was able to achieve over 80mpg on a tough route that included plenty of steep hills, heavy traffic and strong headwinds,” says John Kerswill, who drove the Fiat Fiorino. “It’s a great little van to drive, too.”
The Fiat finished marginally ahead of a Citroen Nemo van, which measured just under 82mpg in the marathon.
However, the van which measured the highest percentage increase over its official fuel economy figure was the large, British-built Renault Trafic van.
A Renault Trafic van with a 115PS diesel engine recorded fuel economy of 59.11mpg. While this was below that of the Fiat Fiorino, it was a massive 55 per cent above the van’s official figure of 38.2mpg.
A second Renault Trafic van also measured 54 per cent in the race to take second place in the ‘percentage improvement’ category.
Meanwhile, there was victory for the Ford Transit van in both the 2800kg and 3500kg categories.
MPG Marathon organiser Ross Durkin said: “There were plenty of other notable performances with almost every team taking part beating the manufacturer’s published figures for their vehicle – something that every driver should aim for.”