Speedometers: Saab 9-5 just 11% of speedometer unused

Many of Us often ask this question – Why does your speedometer go faster than your car? Ever wondered why the speedometers in modern cars have such high readings stretching way beyond the car’s actual top speed?

For someone It’s incredibly frustrating when only a quarter of the dial is taken up by relevant speeds. 


Crazy speedometer calibrations: the worst offenders

So CAR Magazine  did a spot of research.  They are went down to the car park and poked around all the test cars and long-termers in our car park, comparing the v-max on the speedos with the claimed maximum speed recorded for each.
The results make interesting reading:

  • Mini Countryman 30% of dial unused
  • Audi A1 26% of dial unused
  • Skoda Superb 26% of dial unused
  • Seat Alhambra 25% of dial unused
  • VW Touareg 25% of dial unused
  • BMW M5 23% of dial unused
  • Audi RS3 23% of dial unused
  • Jaguar XF 22% of dial unused
  • Kia Optima 22% of dial unused
  • Audi A1 21% of dial unused
  • Ford C-Max 17% of dial unused
  • BMW 1-series M Coupe 14% of dial unused
  • Infiniti M35h hybrid 14% of dial unused
  • Saab 9-5 11% of dial unused
  • Mercedes CLS 6% of dial unused
  • Honda CR-Z 0% of dial unused (NB digital read-out)

Among the best, with the smallest deviation is Saab 9-5!

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