Famous Australian Eco-adventurer Hans Tholstrop has just completed an economy trial and the result is remarkable. Hans has taken a manual Hyundai i30 SX CRDi turbo Diesel, with Cub Kamparoo Weekender trailer attached and driven from Sydney to Melbourne on less than one tank of diesel. The frugal Hyundai's fuel tank capacity is 53 litres.
The 400kg Kamparoo Weekender trailer wasn't empty either. To simulate real world conditions, the organisers added 300kg of additional weight to the camper, including a solar powered fridge and charcoal burn oven.
Hans took 11 hours to drive the largely wet, 864.5 kilometre journey down the Hume Highway to Melbourne, a time that included 'sensible' rest stops. Average fuel consumption for the trip was just 5.4 L/100km and a low CO2 output of only 142grams per kilometre was recorded.
"This was an exciting challenge that we set for Hans," said Kevin McCann, Hyundai's Director of Sales and Marketing. "The i30 SX 1.6 CRDi turbo Diesel recently beat an array of Diesel and hybrid rivals to top both fuel efficiency and overall operating costs in a survey conducted by the RACV, RAA, RACQ, RACWA & RACT. This drive proves that people can still get out and enjoy Australia without blowing the budget."
The i30 CRDi's official fuel consumption figure is 4.7 L/100km and official CO2 emission figure is 125 grams per kilometre when fitted with a manual transmission (and with no trailer attached).