Austrian Gerhard Plattner took a Seat Ibiza Ecomotive
and drove it from the factory where it was built, in Martorell (near Barcelona), Spain, and drove it a distance of 970.6 miles using just 2.9 liters of fuel per 100 km. This comes to 81.1 mpg (U.S.), an impressive figure. But, since there's always room for improvement, Plattner repeated the test. This time, he completed a 1,910-km (1,187-mile) tour that used just 44.8 liters of gas. That means Plattner managed to improve his average consumption figure to 2.34 liters per 100 km (100 mpg U.S.). The government fuel consumption rating for the model is 3.7 l /100 km (64 mpg).
Plattner's route wound its way through the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia,
, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and France on the way to Germany, where the car was to be shown at the
Frankfurt Motor Show
. The Seat Ibiza Ecomotive is powered by a 1.4-liter
engine featuring a diesel particulate filter that puts out 80hp. That's plenty when you're getting 100 mpg.