Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi - most economical cars
The best-selling car in the UK is also one of the most efficient if you choose the right model
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 supermini range promise low fuel consumption, and with the launch of the latest Fiesta, now you don't have to opt for a fuel-efficient ECOnetic version to get 88.3mpg.
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, with interior space that's closing in on the larger Focus.
The UK's most economical cars
- 1. Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi 75 - 94.2mpg
- 2. Peugeot 308 1.6 Blue HDi 120 - 91.1mpg
- =3. Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi 85PS - 88.3mpg
- =3. Nissan Micra 1.5 dCi 90 - 88.3mpg
- =3. Peugeot 308 SW 1.6 BlueHDi 120 - 88.3mpg
- =3. Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 90 ECO - 88.3mpg
- 7. Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 110PS ecoFLEX - 85.6mpg
- =8. Citroen C4 Cactus 1.6 BlueHDi 100hp ETG - 83.1mpg
- =8. Ford Focus 1.5 TDCi - 83.1mpg
- =8. MINI One D hatch - 83.1mpg
In this review
- 1IntroductionWhat are the most economical cars on the UK market today? We round up the top cars for fuel efficiency
- 2Most economical petrol carsFancy a super economical car but don't want a diesel? Then one of the below could be perfect for you
- 3Most economical hybrid carsElectrification is sweeping like wildfire across the automotive industry, but which hybrid offers the best economy
- 4=3. Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi - currently readingThe best-selling car in the UK is also one of the most efficient if you choose the right model
- 5=3. Nissan Micra 1.5 dCiThe new Micra is a leap ahead of the old one in terms of quality, and with a new diesel engine option it's impressively efficient too
- 6=3. Peugeot 308 SW 1.6 BlueHDiGo for the 308 estate, and you don't lose much in terms of efficiency over the hatch
- 7=3. Renault Clio 1.5 dCi The stylish Renault Clio offers up just as much bang for your buck as the Nissan Micra, thanks to identical 1.5 dCi engines
- 87. Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 16V ecoFLEX The latest Vauxhall Astra is truly competitive in the family hatchback sector, and the 1.6 CDTi is impressively efficient, too
- 9=8. Citroen C4 Cactus 1.6 BlueHDiHere's proof that you don't have to be sensible when it comes to fuel efficiency
- 10=8. Ford Focus 1.5 TDCiStill one of our favourite family hatchbacks, the Focus performs just as well with a diesel engine - and provides impressive economy to boot
- 11=8. MINI One D hatchIf you want a hefty dose of retro style but don't want to fill up too often, the Mini One D is a sound choice