european fuel consumption figures
Reflecting real-world driving conditions
Here’s what you need to know about the new emissions and fuel economy tests that will be carried out for new cars in Europe.
Why greater accuracy is better for everyone
The key differences
While the WLTP driving cycle will still test cars in a laboratory setting, it will take into account situations that you experience in every day life. The new method will allow you to estimate your daily fuel consumption much more accurately than using the current NEDC standard. Another benefit of WLTP is that consumers will see figures that capture very different driving styles.
NEDC vs. WLTP
Nothing will change under the bonnet
New vehicles will be tested under different conditions – but your new Volvo car will be just as fun to drive, without compromising on modern customers’ demand for superb fuel economy and minimised CO2-emissions.
A newer solution
Even though WLTP will be more accurate, it will not cover all the variations globally – and certainly not each individual driving style. The new tests (WLTP) take into account diverse acceleration and braking situations – mirroring the way most of us drive in 2017.
Simulating real life
Weather, traffic congestion and even car occupancy will continue to play a major role in your fuel economy. This is why recreating all the variables in a laboratory environment remains a challenge, and can never simulate your individual driving style.
Henrik Green - Senior Vice President, Research & Development
“Volvo Cars welcomes the new fuel and emissions testing methods. Any regulation improving transparency pushes the industry in the right direction – and makes better informed customers.”
Reduce emissions, save money
We’ve compiled a list of tips that will help you get more fuel efficiency from your car.
Engine performance, efficiency and innovation
We believe that lower fuel consumption and exceptional performance are not mutually exclusive. This is the mind-set that allows us to continually develop engine innovations across our range of premium sedans, crossovers, SUVs and estates – with the clear ambition that the impact of our cars is minimal for the environment.
Downsizing without compromise
The number of cylinders no longer determines power or drivability. At Volvo Cars we have optimised the size and weight of our engines without compromising on power or performance.
Lightweight and efficient
Everything in the engine is tuned to reduce loss of energy and make the most of the fuel. Surfaces are treated to reduce friction, while sensors ensure that the pressure and temperature of every injector is optimal.
Our Drive-E engines were created with electrification in mind. The compact size of the 4-cylinder engines means that the electric motor can be fitted in the front or rear of the vehicle. The battery pack is located in the centre of the vehicle, contributing to greater stability and safety.
Our approach to sustainability
We are determined to reduce the impact of our vehicles on the environment by introducing more efficient engines, lightweight designs, and a wider range of hybrid and electric cars.