Four teams of Irish Motoring Journalists took each other on in the name of charity. ŠKODA Ireland set the task to get the best possible fuel consumption from ŠKODA’s range of petrol models. 

Head of Marketing for ŠKODA Ireland, Raymond Leddy says “The modern petrol engine is more economical and more frugal than ever before and with prices for some of our petrol engine models costing in some cases, thousands less than their diesel equivalents, it is worth noting that it can take up to 10-years of ownership to claw back the difference in price. We wanted to show that petrol engine cars are now very economical so we set the motoring journalists a challenge.” 

The teams were each given a charity's at would benefit for the event. The charities were Dogs Trust, The Irish Cancer Society, Irish Autism Action and The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The best average score would decide the winner after driving a Fabia 1.2 HTP, Octavia 1.2 TSI, Citigo 1.0 MPI and the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback 1.2 TSI. The teams set off from The Gibson Hotel in Dublin before travelling towards Kells, Lakeside Manor outside Virginia on to Longford and back to Dublin on a mixture of primary, secondary and motorway routes comprising 333km, which tested the cars’ fuel-sipping ability. “Motoring journalists often drive cars to the limit, but it’s a tough test of skill to drive as frugally as possible, and it ended up being quite a tense affair in the end,” adds Leddy.

The winning team's average fuel figure was 4.33 litres per 100km that's 65.2mpg!