Top 10 most economical cars

Top 10 most economical 2016The most economical cars of 2016 continue to get ever-more fuel-efficient. Recent introductions have broken new ground for fuel economy and mpg with more models now returning more than 90mpg.

A by-product of good fuel economy is low CO2 emissions, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions: the latest Euro 6 models also have low NOx emissions to cut inner-city pollution.

But which are the most economical cars on sale in the UK? Here’s the full rundown of the greenest cars you can buy – and every single one of them emits less than 100g/km CO2.

FYI: We’ve taken figures from the official European NEDC test, and we’ve included regular petrol, diesel and hybrid cars, but not plug-in hybrids as these models will only give maximum economy if the batteries are fully charged.

1: Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi 75 S&S – 94.2mpg


Two models share the honour of being the UK’s most fuel-efficient car on sale. First up is the diesel-powered Peugeot 208 which, in latest facelifted 1.6 BlueHDi 75 S&S guise, averages a heady 94.2mpg, combined with sub-80g/km CO2 emissions.

2: Toyota Prius – 94.2mpg


If diesel power isn’t for you, the new Toyota Prius also averages 94.2mpg courtesy of its petrol-electric drivetrain – with the added benefit of zero-emissions EV running at slow speed. It’s roomier than the Peugeot too – and has ultra-low CO2 of just 70g/km.

3: Peugeot 308 1.6 BlueHDi 120 S&S – 91.1mpg

Peugeot 308

If you really want a Peugeot but really need more space, the larger 308 is very economical too: the 1.6 BlueHDi 120 S&S version averages 91.1mpg, making it three cars on sale in the UK to officially average more than 90mpg.

4: Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi 95 S&S Econetic – 88.3mpg

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is Britain’s best-selling car and it offers an ultra-economical Econetic version of the 1.5 TDCi diesel that averages a heady 88.3mpg.

5: Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi 75 Blue – 88.3mpg

Hyundai i20

The latest Hyundai i20 is a well-regarded supermini and the roomy five-door averages 88.3mpg in three-cylinder 1.1 CRDi 75 Blue diesel guise.

6: Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 90 ECO – 88.3mpg

Renault Clio

Renault can’t quite match French rival Peugeot for claimed fuel economy but the 1.5 dCi 90 ECO version of the Clio is still impressive at 88.3mpg.

7: Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi 95 S/S Ecoflex – 88.3mpg

Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall’s long-running 1.3 CDTi diesel engine remains very fuel efficient with the stop-start-equipped 95hp Ecoflex version capable of 88.3mpg.

8: Citroen C4 1.6 BlueHDi 100 S&S – 85.6mpg

Citroen C4

The Citroen C4 is a forgotten family five-door hatchback but that hasn’t stopped the firm making fuel efficient stars: the 1.6 BlueHDi version averages over 85mpg.

9: Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi 75 ISG – 85.6mpg

Kia Rio

Kia can’t quite match brand partner Hyundai’s heady fuel economy with its 1.1-litre CRDi 75 Rio, but it’s still good at 85.6mpg.

10: Toyota Yaris Hybrid – 85.6mpg

Toyota Yaris

If you want a fuel efficient supermini but really don’t want diesel, take the Toyota Yaris Hybrid: its 1.5-litre petrol-electric drivetrain returns a claimed 85.6mpg.

Not found a car here that’s quite right? Here we bring you 10 more of the UK’s most economical cars – and you’ll note, not a single one officially averages less than 83mpg…

11: Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 110 S/S Ecoflex – 85.6mpg

Vauxhall Astra

The new Vauxhall Astra is the 2016 European Car of the Year – and it’s a fuel-efficient car too, with a 1.6-litre CDTi 110 S/S Ecoflex version returning 85.6mpg.

12: Volvo V40 D2 – 84.1mpg

Volvo V40

Volvo’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine is fuel efficient in all applications. The very greenest is the 120hp version in the V40, which averages 84.1mpg.

13: BMW 116d ED Plus – 83.1mpg

BMW 116d

The pace of BMW’s EfficientDynamics models may have slipped down the rankings a little but the rear-wheel drive 116d ED Plus still impresses with 83.1mpg.

14: DS 3 1.6 BlueHDi 100 S&S – 83.1mpg

DS 3

Posh MINI rival DS offers an ultra-economical version of the DS 3 which, in 1.6 BlueHDi 100 S&S form, averages 83.1mpg.

15: Fiat 500 1.3 95 MultiJet – 83.1mpg

Fiat 500

Fiat’s stylish 500 is a regular UK best-seller. For those seeking ultimate fuel economy, the 1.3-litre MultiJet 95 version will average 83.1mpg.

16: Ford Focus 1.5 TDCi 105 Econetic – 83.1mpg

Ford Focus

Another UK best-seller that averages 83.1mpg, the 1.5-litre TDCi 105 Econetic Focus offers great fuel economy to the masses.

17: Mazda 2 1.5 Skyactiv-D – 83.1mpg

Mazda 2

Can you resist the temptation to seek fuel economy in the fun-to-drive Mazda2 1.5 Skyactiv-D? 83.1mpg will be your reward if so.

18: MINI One D – 83.1mpg

MINI Hatch

The MINI Hatch is also brilliant fun to drive, meaning you’ll have to show masterful restrain to achieve the 83.1mpg claimed by the three-cylinder One D. We challenge you…

19: SEAT Toledo 1.4 TDI Ecomotive – 83.1mpg

SEAT Toledo

SEAT’s understated Toledo is a very roomy budget-priced car. For ultimate money-saving ability, choose the Ecomotive version and 83.1mpg will be your reward.

20: Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI Bluemotion – 83.1mpg

Vokswagen Golf Bluemotion

The final car to average 83.1mpg is the Volkswagen Golf in economy-optimised 1.6-litre TDI Bluemotion guise. Forget dieselgate, this is a very fuel-efficient car in real-world use, full stop.

Managing Director at @editorial_mr. Runs a bit. Loves the motor industry.

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