We've just received the email with the results of this year's MPG Marathon event, a 370-mile, two-day rally to find the most economical cars on sale today.

Although we didn't quite hit the 'official' claimed 52.3mpg figure in the Jaguar 2.2D, we did manage to average 51.1mpg - no small feat considering the car's 1745kg kerbweight, automatic 'box and our minimal eco driving experience.

Surprise, surprise, it was the snarling Vauxhall VXR8 that picked up the award as the car with the greatest percentage improvement on its claimed economy. Its drivers managed to eke out 32mpg from the 6.2-litre motor, an improvement of 53 per cent compared with the manufacturer's pitiful official 21mpg figure.

Interestingly, the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 was the car we were expecting to reach in excess of 70mpg, but it only managed 57.3mpg, some way short of the manufacturer's 70.6mpg figure. This may, however, have had something to do with a flat tyre its drivers were greeted with on the second morning - I still like to think that the tyre was slashed by over-zealous eco competitors&