2000 Mercedes-Benz E430 4Matic – A 2600 km real world fuel economy test

2,600 km road trip to Victoria, Vancouver and Kelowna, BC and return to Edmonton, AB yielded a commendable 10.4 L/100 km average fuel consumption

On a 2,600 km road trip to Victoria, Vancouver and Kelowna, BC and return to Edmonton, AB our 2000 Mercedes-Benz E430 4Matic yielded a commendable 10.4 L/100 km average fuel consumption

The numbers are in, and they’re darn respectable for a 275 horsepower, 4.3-litre V8 luxury sedan with full-time all-wheel-drive.

Ingrid and I have returned from a ten day road trip, driving to Victoria, Vancouver, and Kelowna.  Our 2000 Mercedes-Benz E430 4Matic was superbly comfortable, and the full-time permanent 4Matic all-wheel-drive system (ably assisted by Michelin X-Ice winter tires on all four corners) provided plenty of confidence when we hit a blinding snow squall while motoring westbound on BC’s Coquihalla Highway 5.

Parts of the Coquihalla were covered in deep slush, but the Mercedes sliced through it with nary a twitch.

I’m a numbers guy when it comes to fuel economy, a bad habit learned from my Dad.

Here is the Mercedes’ fuel economy data for the trip driven March 16 – March 26, 2014:

Total distance driven (round trip, Edmonton to Victoria, BC.):  2602 km

Total fuel consumed (premium unleaded):  269.8 L

Average trip fuel consumption:  10.4 L/100 km (26.7 miles per Imperial gallon)

Best fuel consumption on trip:  8.3 L/100 Km (34.0 miles per Imperial gallon, Hinton, AB to Kamloops, BC)

Worst fuel consumption on trip:  11.7 L/100 km (24.1 miles per Imperial gallon, includes 2 days’ city driving in Kelowna; Victoria, BC to Hope, BC;

Total fuel cost:  $399.00

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