7. Ford Fiesta ECOnetic - most economical cars

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
20 Jan, 2014 12:00pm

If you want low running costs but refuse to compromise on fun, the Ford Fiesta is the car for you. Plenty of models in the recently revised three and five-door supermini range promise low fuel consumption, but the 1.6-litre TDCi ECOnetic version leads the way with a figure 85.6mpg and 87g/km CO2 emissions.

Yet this model retains the brilliant driving dynamics that have helped make the Fiesta a consistent top seller over the years, with sharp steering, plenty of grip and a decent ride.

Ford also offers a lot of hi-tech kit on the Fiesta. There’s the option of the Active City Safety Stop system, which automatically brings the car to a halt around town if it senses a collision. Plus, buyers can add MyKey, which lets parents specify a maximum speed the car can do if a teenage child borrows it.

The Fiesta has seven airbags and scored five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests, while interior space belies the car’s small dimensions. Plus, the 295-litre boot can be expanded to 979 litres by folding the rear seats.

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