Top 5: Range Runners

So you live in Outjo but work in Gobabis?

Don’t fear, we’ve made a list of cars that can go the furthest on one filling of the tank. You know, when the attendant does that whole click-click nozzle trick. Of course we need to remind you that these figures are based on claimed consumption and tank figures, your results may vary and depend on driving style, load and prevailing conditions. If you’re a high miler though, this list is a good start.

Volvo V40 D2 (1,820km)

The V40 D2 entry-level we tested easily passed 1,000km but felt very pap. Like most of the cars on this list, your pace will be incredibly slow if you want to get even close its claimed consumption figure (3.4L/100km from a 62L tank). The D3 model has more oomph and claims to hit 1,550km per tank.

Audi A6 2.0 TDi (1,715km)

This one came out of nowhere recently because the updated A6 range from Audi was only available with petrol engines for some time. This 140kW Turbo-Diesel alleges average use of 4.2L/100km from the big 72L tank, giving it a maximum range of over 1,700km. Jo’burg, here we come. Nice and slowly though…

Edit: We have recently learnt that Audi misquoted the A6 2.0 TDi’s claimed consumption but the correct figures weren’t available at the time of publishing this article! 

Volvo S60 D4 (1,580km)

A well-deserved place on this list. We clocked up almost 1,000km with a Volvo S60 D4 press car and it was far from dry. To avoid the S60’s small boot, go for the excellent V60 Estate.

Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta (1,545km)

Good news. The Nissan Qashqai may have the world’s most misspelled car name but it’s actually great to drive. The little 1.5 turbo-diesel sukkels at low revs or with load but will be very frugal on a careful, steady cruise. We can confirm that, thanks to a cross-border trip with a 1.5 dCi Juke.

Mercedes-Benz E220d (1,535km)

Formerly known as the E250 CDI, this three-pointed star currently enjoys the absence of its excellent Bavarian counterpart – the BMW 520d. If you need more horses behind that star, the more powerful E350d alleges that it will do 1,100km. Need more space? We also got 1,000km plus out of an ML250 BlueTEC (now GLE250d).

Range on our ML250 BlueTEC press car: 

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