WLTP Fuel Saving

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 New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) is the current method of testing, which is being replaced with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). The WLTP is a new set of tests which puts new cars through a greater range of driving situations (urban, suburban, main road, motorway) improving the consumer’s ability to understand real-life performance of motor vehicles.

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.


Since the last update of the testing cycle in Europe, a lot has changed in road infrastructure, car technology and driver behaviours. The new test situations have been decided following a global survey with the aim to create more of a real-life driving profile.

NEDC/WLTP comparison table

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.”

Henrik Green, Senior President, Research & Development


To help you better understand what the changes consist of and how they might affect you – we’ve put together a few key questions and answers.

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