The UK's most economical cars
We run 12 of the UK's most economical cars dry to see which travels furthest on the average fill up
Welcome to the most scientific Auto Express economy test ever! With pump price rises showing no sign of slowing, fuel efficiency is now a top priority for millions of motorists. But just how frugal are the latest fuel-sipping models? To find out, we put the most economical cars from six different sectors to the ultimate test.
We picked two of the most efficient superminis, family hatchbacks, SUVs, compact executives, seven-seaters and cabriolets. All 12 claim official combined fuel consumption in excess of 50mpg. But how far would they go on a £20 fill-up?
That's what we wanted to answer as we set off at a constant 60mph in each car. Plus, to see how they cope in town, we put them through an hour of simulated urban driving. Over three intensive days, our team drove 3,026 miles and spent more than 56 hours at the wheel. After using 230 litres of fuel, the results may surprise you...
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingWe run 12 of the UK's most economical cars dry to see which travels furthest on the average fill up
- 2How we did it...Calculating accurate mpg figures requires precision testing. Here’s the story of how our assessments were carried out
- 3Superminis- Ibiza vs C3There’s a clear eco winner as SEAT and Citroen come together – but is our champ a compromised choice?
- 4Family hatches- Golf vs FocusBig sellers with big eco credentials, but the Ford and VW proved to be real long-distance runners
- 5Cabrios- 207 cc vs 500cIt’s a close finish here as our open-top pair proves that fun in the sun needn’t come at a cost
- 6Compact Execs- A4 vs 3-SeriesThese saloons blend luxury and driver appeal – but we had a clear winner in the eco stakes
- 7MPVs- 5008 vs Grand ScenicPeople carriers aren’t the most obvious fuel sippers, but one performed very creditably here
- 8SUVs- Yeti vs iX35They have off-road styling, but can two-wheel drive help crossovers achieve a supermini thirst for fuel?
- 9The Results...We’ve crunched all the numbers to bring you a league table of our economy winners and losers