Minivan Fuel Economy US vs. Europe

We take a loot at how the popular Chrysler minivan compares with its own diesel version in Europe and other European competitors from Ford and Renault.
Chrysler Town & Country is sold as "Grand Voyager" in Europe. There is also a 2.8-liter turbo diesel option with an highway mpg of 32 according to EU test cycle.
 

US car market is full of vehicles with fuel consumptions that would make drivers of any other nation cry (with the exception of the drivers of the oil-rich countries, of course). The bigger the vehicle, the more bizarre the fuel consumption becomes. And, minivans are (together with big SUVs) symbols of inefficient transport. But, what about the other markets, for example, Europe?

We take a minivan, Chrysler Town & Country, that is also sold in Europe as a benchmark. It is called the Grand Voyager in Europe. It has two engine options. One, 3.8 V6 gas-burning version, the same engine available in US. And, one 2.8 liter diesel engine with 163 HP which is not available in US.. Both have 6-speed automatic transmissions. According to sales figures, more than 90 percent of Europeans prefer the diesel engine of this minivan. With more or less the same performance but about 25 percent less fuel consumption, it is no surprise, and the diesel is more drivable with the highest torque delivery starting from as low as 1600 rpm.

Here we compare gas and diesel versions of Town & Country with even more efficient competitors from Ford and Renault. The Chrysler is a bit longer and heavier, but we are looking at the most efficient European offerings of the same size and they do not come any bigger than these unless it is a VW Caravelle or a Mercedes Viano that are based on load carrying models. 2009 model year vehicles are compared.

 

Ford Galaxy (left) and Renault Grand Espace (right) are among the biggest passenger minivans in Europe. They have fuel efficient engine options including latest generation turbo diesels.
 

 

European Chrysler Town & Country vs. European Competitors

 

Chrysler Grand Voyager 3.8

Chrysler G. Voyager 2.8 CRD

Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi Manual

Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi Auto

Renault Grand Espace 2.0 dCi

Renault Grand Espace 2.0 dCi Auto

Fuel Type

Gas

Diesel

Diesel

Diesel

Diesel

Diesel

Engine Size cc

3778

2777

1997

1997

1997

 1997

Power (HP/DIN) @ rpm

193/5200

163 / 3800

140/4000

140/4000

173/3750

173/3750

Torque (Nm) @ rpm

305/4000

360 / 1600

320/1750

320/1750

360/1750

360/1750

Transmission

6-speed auto

6-speed auto

6-speed manual

6-speed auto

6-speed manual

6-speed auto

Top Speed, km/h

193

185

193

190

204

198

Top Speed mph

120

115

120

118

127

123

0-100 km/h (sec.)

12.6

12.8

10.5

11.9

9.8

11.1

Fuel consumption (litre/100 km)  

City

18.3

12.8

7.7

9.7

9.5

10.6

Highway

8.8

7.3

5.0

5.7

6.6

6.8

Combined

12.3

9.3

6.0

7.2

7.6

8.2

Fuel consumption in mpg (Euro test)* 

City

12.8

18.4

30.5

24.2

24.8

22.2

Highway

26.7

32.2

47

41.3

35.7

34.6

Combined

19.1

25.3

39.2

32.7

31

28.7

Length and weight  

Length (m)

5.14

5.14

4.82

4.82

4.85

4.85

Weight (kg)

2100

2175

1806

1835

1950

1990

Notes: Fuel consumptions are according to the official EU test cycles. As a result, they may be a bit different than the US EPA figures, though they should be relatively consistent. Mpg figures are direct conversions of the EU test cycle figures and not EPA consumption figures. Chrysler Town & Country 3.8 engine EPA fuel consumption figures are 16/23 mpg for city/highway.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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