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by George Skentzos

As you may recall “fuel economy enthusiasts” John and Helen Taylor are the husband and wife team who successfully drove a Peugeot 308 HDi into the record books.

Well now Jeep has thrown down the gauntlet, lending the duo a Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot to complete a fuel efficiency challenge and set new standards for fuel economy in an SUV.

Both were standard production vehicles equipped with the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engines, carrying two people and their luggage.

Couple sets fuel economy standard in Jeep SUVs

The Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot drove from London to Berlin on a single tank of fuel – then kept going.

“We drove on normal roads at realistic speeds with two people and their luggage on board and the traffic and weather conditions weren’t favourable at all – cold with many traffic jams,” he said. “We used simple fuel economy driving techniques that any driver could replicate.”

Couple sets fuel economy standard in Jeep SUVs

In total the marathon 21-hour drive covered 1,124kms and six countries on a single tank, returning a fuel consumption figure of 4.25L/100km was the Jeep Compass driven by Helen Taylor and her passenger.

Husband John managed to better this figure, with a final consumption figure of just 4.18L/100km in his Jeep Patriot.