After letting my Ritz Vxi clock a few hundred miles, here is my review on its Mileage (or as some may call it ‘average’). Keep aside the claims of Maruti that the Ritz (petrol) has a best in class fuel efficiency of 17.7kmpl; I hardly reached 15.5kmpl in my 2230 kms of ride so far. That 17.7kmpl mileage given by Maruti is according to the ARAI test which is almost always more than what we get under actual conditions.
I stay in Hyderabad and drive about 55 kms every day with a scheduled weekend drive for a minimum of 200 kms.
If I drive normally in my style, which is being slightly aggressive on accelerator, Ritz gave me an average of 13.4kmpl. And when I drive more conservatively, just to check how much I can squeeze from this engine, with never crossing the speeds of 60 kmph (this is all in 5 week days, can’t image going at 60kmph on highways on a weekend), I managed to get 15.4 kmpl.
The Mileage was checked in the correct way by following the rule of ‘fill up completely – go on a ride and make the tank lighter – fill up completely again – calculate the mileage’.
(See Hyundai i10 Mileage)
The city drive is mostly in stop go traffic, for which Hyderabad is so famous. So if you are from smaller cities or cities with lighter traffic, you may get a bit more mileage.
If you are wondering what mileage a Ritz Diesel gives, a friend of mine has bought a Ritz Vdi exactly on the same day as mine and says that he gets a minimum of 18.5kmpl all the time which is not that bad really.
Update: Its 3 years now and there’s a lot of difference between mileage now depending on how I drive. I would say my driving has become more aggressive and hence I now get just around 11kmpl. However, when I drive between 40 and 50kmpl consistently, without being hard on either brakes or accelerator, mileage goes up to 16kmpl.