Well, I would seriously consider giving the car back if MPG is not what you expected and you have the option. I doubt whether your fuel consumption will improve one iota, no matter what your garage says or does, and if you are worried about poor mpg now, it will only get worse as fuel gets even more expensive. The 1.8 petrol engine is not frugal and probably not the car for you given the kind of journeys you do. There are lots of posts about MPG on this site, including with regard to the 1.8 petrol, as well as copious posts about what to expect from other variants, almost all of which will get you more or considerably more miles for your buck. I believe that most 1.6 diesels, for example, achieve in real life well in excess of 40mpg about town, so you might well feel better off all round swapping out for one of those. The 110 hp 1.6 diesel is, by most accounts, a very good car and you may find that one of those suits you better [img]smileys/smiley4.gif[/img].
By the way, welcome to the site, and please let us know how you get on.Edited by: romseyraver