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The most fuel-efficient cars

The most fuel-efficient cars

There are many costs involved in owning a car. From the initial outlay and monthly repayments, to maintenance and car insurance, we’re all keen to save wherever we can.

With that in mind, a fuel-efficient car really goes the extra mile – literally. Here’s our list of 10 of the most fuel-efficient cars available on the market today. 

Daniel Hutson
From the Motor team
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Posted 24 JANUARY 2020

10 fuel-efficient cars

The average fuel consumption for new diesel cars is 53.8mpg. The average for new petrol-powered cars is 44.9mpg. Any vehicle that consumes less than this is considered to be a fuel-efficient choice. 

Here are some of the top fuel-efficient cars around.

1. The Peugeot 208 

This streamlined piece of engineering is undoubtedly the most fuel-efficient car out there right now. It claims to offer 94.2mpg**.

2. The Toyota Prius

Most Toyota cars are known for being extremely cheap to run. However, the Prius is definitely the brand’s hands-down winner, claiming a fuel consumption of 94.1mpg**.

3. The Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta hatchback claims a fuel consumption of 88.3mpg**, as well as lower CO2 emissions than even some of the most touted hybrids available. 

4. The Kia Rio

This trusty car, now in its fourth generation, has reached new levels of fuel efficiency over the years. It claims to offer drivers 88mpg**.

5. The Renault Clio

The super-mini Renault Clio claims a fuel economy of 88mpg**. Impressive…

6. The Volkswagen Polo

There’s a reason why this car is so popular among UK drivers. It claims a fuel consumption of 81mpg**. 

7. The Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid is definitely the most fuel-efficient version of this sought-after model, claiming to give its proud owners 80.7mpg**.

8. The Volkswagen Up!

This little car packs plenty of punch – and it’s super fuel-efficient too. It claims to rack up 68.9mpg** and is the cheapest model made by Volkswagen. A perfect choice for your first car. 

9. The Hyundai Ionic 

This powerful model is one of the marque’s most loved cars and claims to come with a fuel economy of 66mpg**.

10. The Honda Insight 

First released in 1999, the Honda Insight is now in its third generation and claims better than average fuel-efficiency at 54mpg**. 

**Absolute maximum efficiency on perfect road conditions, transporting no load.

Can I improve the fuel-efficiency of my car?

If you’ve already bought a new or second-hand vehicle, you’ll be happy to learn that you may be able improve its fuel-efficiency. Here’s how: 

  • Don’t drive around with bulky items unless you need them. Heavy boxes, shovels – they all contribute to the overall weight of your car. The heavier it is, the more fuel it needs to function. 
  • Take proper care of your vehicle. Regular maintenance and car services are essential to keeping fuel-efficiency at optimal levels. Plus, these frequent check-ups can lead to safer driving.  
  • Plan your journeys strategically. Will any schools be coming out at the time you plan to hit the road? Then take a detour. Always check Google Maps for any traffic jams before heading out too.  
  • Use your air conditioner sparingly. Unless it’s sweltering outside, avoid switching your aircon on at all. It’s much more fuel efficient to simply open a window or remove an extra layer of clothing.   
  • Stick to the speed limit. The faster you drive, the more fuel your car will consume. 

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