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We all like to see those good MPG numbers on our dash. But can we trust them?


These are my numbers from last month. Almost entirely city driving, and I consider my driving to be pretty light-footed. You can see my L/100Kms is dead consistent fill to fill, actually shocked me a little just how consistent. What I'm not in agreement with is the numbers KIA has been telling me I'm getting (in red). For each fill, I clear the trip meter and on the next fill record the data before clearing again.

Are they intentionally misrepresenting? Or is this a problem unique to my vehicle? They're consistently reporting numbers much lower than actual. AND oddly enough, very close to what they claim of city driving 8.2l/100kms. So are they fudging the numbers to make you believe you're getting the promised mileage? Or is this unique to me?
 

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Hard to say SHCS. I have never bothered to check it - mainly because whatever is the case, nothing changes, and I can't be bothered. I used to do it religiously in former cars, until I got sick of it. I'm not even sure how to zero the km trip meter in this car, as it's all digital, with no simple mechanical button, but I assume you can't inadvertently affect the total distance recorded. How do you zero the trip meter..? The driving info one zeros automatically each day, but I've not really cogitated on how to zero the trip meter. I might give it a go next time just out of interst as to how accurate my car's estimates are. Yours do seem to be consistently about 1km/L out, I must say. My impression with mine is that it is pretty close. Maybe I'm also kidding myself..?
 

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Hard to say SHCS. I have never bothered to check it - mainly because whatever is the case, nothing changes, and I can't be bothered. I used to do it religiously in former cars, until I got sick of it. I'm not even sure how to zero the km trip meter in this car, as it's all digital, with no simple mechanical button, but I assume you can't inadvertently affect the total distance recorded. How do you zero the trip meter..? The driving info one zeros automatically each day, but I've not really cogitated on how to zero the trip meter. I might give it a go next time just out of interst as to how accurate my car's estimates are. Yours do seem to be consistently about 1km/L out, I must say. My impression with mine is that it is pretty close. Maybe I'm also kidding myself..?
when you select the desired function in the centre display (L/100km, trip odo, etc) press and hold the OK button (same switch you use to select up and down)…the display selected will zero (if it’s a resettable reading)

as for the economy readings, yeah the Kia display is pretty optimistic compared to reality. This is the norm with these vehicles.
I have found that mine seems to read a bit closer to actual now that I upsized my tires somewhat.
 

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when you select the desired function in the centre display (L/100km, trip odo, etc) press and hold the OK button (same switch you use to select up and down)…the display selected will zero (if it’s a resettable reading)

as for the economy readings, yeah the Kia display is pretty optimistic compared to reality. This is the norm with these vehicles.
I have found that mine seems to read a bit closer to actual now that I upsized my tires somewhat.
Thanks speed - I actually found that on a drive to the supermarket this am. I zeroed it then because I topped up the tank just yesterday, and have done only a few Kms since. I'll report back. 👍
 
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