The Proton X70, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5 feature turbocharged engines with different capacities at 1.8-litre, 1.5-litre and 2.5-litre respectively. And they weigh differently from each other as well. How do they fare in real-world driving? Let’s dig in.
|Facts and Figures
||Proton X70 Premium (CBU)
||Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P
||Mazda CX-5 Turbo
||1.8L 4-cyl turbo
||1.5L 4-cyl turbo
||2.5L 4-cyl turbo
Before each test, all tyres were inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. The fuel tank was filled up using the ‘three-click’ method, using RON 95 petrol.
Driving behaviour was as per a normal driver, accelerating and braking whenever necessary but the speed limit was capped at 110 km/h. Air conditioning was set at 22 degrees and fan speed 2.
At the end of the test, we’ve covered 58.1 km with a journey breakdown of 60% highway 40% city driving. The trip computer displayed an average fuel economy of 7.4-litre/100 km.
The fuel tank required 4.38 litres of fuel which works out to fuel consumption of 7.5-litre/100 km as tested.
After a 45 km journey of 60% highway 40% city, the amount we filled up was 3.16 litres. A quick calculation on the distance travelled and amount refuelled worked out to 7-litre/100 km.
In the Mazda CX-5 Turbo, we covered 146.2 km with a journey breakdown of 40% highway 60% city driving.
The fuel tank required 15.2 litres of fuel which works out to fuel consumption of 10.4-litre/100 km as tested. The trip computer displayed an average fuel economy of 9.7-litre/100 km.
So there we have it, the Honda CR-V is the most fuel efficient SUV in this comparison. Its engine capacity is the smallest here and has the least weight.
Keep in mind however, fuel consumption may vary significantly depending on driving behaviour and conditions due to the nature of turbocharging.