26 Feb 2021 Shakti Nath Jha
When an Indian family or an individual decides to buy a car, they check the mileage the car will give. Mileage means the amount of fuel consumption that will happen for a certain distance. The Government of India has an automotive testing body called the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). This body conducts tests on all vehicles sold in India for emissions through an Indian Driving Cycle (IDC). The IDC uses a formula to calculate the fuel efficiency of the car. ARAI mileage test is conducted in a controlled environment, and therefore, gives excellent results for mileage.
The car manufacturing companies love to advertise these figures to attract people who are looking for a vehicle that runs the longest for less fuel consumption. The IDC test done for all vehicles is to test for emissions to ensure that they meet India's emissions standards and not for mileage. In the process of the test, you get the numbers for mileage too. The release of these efficiency numbers is just for the car manufacturers' marketing or advertising gimmicks to attract more customers.
How is the Test Conducted?
With these points, we can't say that the ARAI mileage test is not useful at all. It is just one of the factors to keep in mind while checking new vehicles. As the test is done for an entirely different purpose than what information you get to see, hence, you must act smartly while buying a car that promises excellent numbers, which may be jacked up to make the sale attractive for the company. It is important to consider all the factors, and with a test drive done a couple of times to ensure you are buying the best possible vehicle as per your needs. Have you ever managed to surpass the ARAI mileage? Do feel free to share your thoughts with all of us in the comments section below. You can also join our 91Wheels Auto Enthusiast Telegram group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the fans, enthusiasts and owners. Further, subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such amazing motoring updates.