Nissan Micra 1.5 dCi - most economical cars
The 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
The old Nissan Micra was ugly, frumpy, and poor to drive, so the brand-new model is a world away in that regard. The new car is sharply styled inside and out and rides on an all-new platform promising much improved ride and handling. Could the new Micra shake off the image of the old car?
One new addition to the range is a diesel engine. The old car only offered three-cylinder petrol units, but the 1.5 dCi in the new Micra is a proven unit which promises amazing economy. A claimed figure of 88.3mpg is amongst the best in the supermini class, and with similarly low CO2 figures, it should prove very inexpensive to run.
Performance from the 89bhp engine isn't exactly on pace with a hot hatchback, but it should be happy to cruise on the motorway, as well as having enough pep to keep up with traffic around town.
Inside, the Micra benefits from a much improved design over the previous model. Gone are the swathes of scratchy plastic, replaced by a good-quality dash with a classy design. There's also plenty of space in the new Micra - making it a practical and very efficient supermini indeed.
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
- 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 The 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 dCi - currently readingThe 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