It might not be the most economical car in our list but the Skoda Octavia Greenline is the biggest. The Octavia is based on the same platform as the Volkswagen Golf but it's a significantly larger car than the Golf and other mainstream family hatchbacks. That makes its 88.3mpg and 85g/km CO2 emissions all the more remarkable.
Powered by a 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine, the Octavia Greenline features fuel-saving modifications including low rolling resistance tyres, Start-Stop and brake energy regeneration.
There's more space in the Skoda Octavia than rivals such as the VW Golf or Ford Focus - so much so that the car even manages to rival models in the class above like the Ford Mondeo and VW Passat. It's a real selling point for the Octavia, and one that will attract a lot of potential buyers.
It's much bigger than the previous model, with a huge 590-litre boot that expands to 1,580 litres with the rear seats folded flat. There are plenty of storage spaces and cubbies inside the Octavia with cup holders, rubbish bins, boot holders, a reversible boot floor and even an ice scraper hidden inside the fuel filler cap - these all add to the Octavia's sensible and practical appeal.