Most economical cars

By Richard Bolton
21-09-2016

Fuel Efficient cars

If efficiency is at the top of your priority list when buying a new car then you’re in luck, because we’re about to tell you all you need to know about the most economical cars on the market. The first step to nursing your wallet back to health when you’ve just splashed out on a new whip is finding one with great fuel consumption. However, sometimes this can be confusing, especially when manufacturer’s figures should really be taken with a pinch of salt. Reports have stated that there has been an increase in the difference between real driving mpg figures and the official manufacturer’s claims. In 2013, it was revealed that the gap between the two had increased to 31%, compared to just 8% back in 2001. This handy little list is based on real-life mpg, based on tests conducted on simulated road conditions, which means it’s a lot closer to the figures you’ll be able to achieve. With so many manufacturers and models available, it can sometimes be difficult to work out which is best, so we’ve given you the make, model, variant, official figures and real-life figures just to make things that little bit easier. So, here goes…

Vauxhall Corsa

The Corsa is a British hero in the hatchback sector, loved by all it touches. However, it’s efficiency ratings leave a lot to be desired. We’ve taken a look at the most efficient 1.3CDTi engine which claims returns of 89 mpg when in actual fact it’s much more like 65mpg. Now, don’t get us wrong, 65mpg is still very impressive – it is, after all, the third most efficient car available – but you’d understandably be disappointed, or you’d think there’s something very wrong with your driving if you’d been promised close to 90mpg. The Corsa is Vauxhall’s best-selling supermini and it’s really no surprise. It’s relatively cheap – we’ve got some great deals on the Corsa at the moment – cheap to insure, cheap to tax, it’s economical and even the base model is pretty well equipped.


 Vauxhall Corsa Yellow

Peugeot 308

A small hatch as opposed to a supermini, Peugeot is definitely well on its way to premium motoring and style. Peugeot has really built on their quality over the last few years, focusing on fuel economy and desirable interiors. The 1.6 BlueHDi is by far the most efficient with official figures of 91mpg and real-world stats of 66mpg. Check out our latest deals here. To be honest, though, it doesn’t matter which of the 10 engines (six petrol, four diesel) you choose because the economy has been the focus with them all.

Peugeot 208

Finally, it’s the 308’s smaller sibling, the Peugeot 208 hitting the top spot on our list of the most economical cars. It’s the same story as the 308 really in the fact that the entire range provides pretty good real-world returns. However, if you’re looking to get the absolute most from your tank then it’s the 1.6 BlueHDi engine you should go for once again. In this instance, official figures are 94mpg, whereas real-life figures are much more realistic at 68mpg. If you’re interested in finding out more on any of these cars, or perhaps there’s another offer that’s taken your fancy, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today on 01565 880 880. 

Peugeot 208

*All figures used in this article have been taken from the relevant manufacturer website and www.nextgreencar.com 

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