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The Top 10 Most Economical Cars

The Top 10 Most Economical Cars

For most drivers ……except the really rich ……one of the main considerations when choosing a new car will be fuel economy, with high prices we want to make sure we are getting as many miles as possible for every penny!  We all know the official mpg quoted are probably a little bit off the mark, testing in laboratories with cars stripped back to keep weight down these tests really aren’t realistic for the mpg we will achieve out on the real roads. 

Which? have just tested 200 new cars and found only 3 managed to live up to their official mpg.  Over the course of a year driving 10,000 miles Which? calculated on average drivers would spend £133 more on fuel than predicted by the advertised mpg figures.

Thankfully there is help at hand in the shape of the WhatCar? technicians who perform their own mpg tests and you’ll never believe where ………. On an actual road!  So here are the top 10 economical cars for petrol and diesel fuel types ……………

Most economical diesel models ….



Official mpg

True mpg

Honda Civic

1.6 i-DEC

78.5 mpg


Seat Leon

1.6 TDI 110 Ecomotive Technology

85.6 mpg

63.2 mpg

Skoda Octavia

1.6 TDI 110 Greenline

88.3 mpg

61.9 mpg

Peugeot 308

1.6 BlueHDI

88.3 mpg

60.8 mpg

Mercedes A200

CDi Auto

65.0 mpg

59.6 mpg

Mazda 3

2.2D 150

68.9 mpg

59.4 mpg

Ford Focus

1.5 TDCi 120 Zetec

74.3 mpg

58.5 mpg

Volkswagen Golf

1.6 TDi Bluemotion

88.3 mpg

56.8 mpg

Volvo V40

1.6 D2

72.4 mpg

56.8 mpg



62.8 mpg

56.7 mpg


Most economical petrol cars ……….



Offical mpg

True mpg

Peugeot 308

1.2 e-THP

64.2 mpg

49.6 mpg

Mazda 3


55.4 mpg

47.3 mpg

Volkswagen Golf

1.2 TSi 105

57.6 mpg

45.8 mpg

Seat Leon

1.2 TSi 105

57.6 mpg

45.4 mpg

Nissan Pulsar

1.2 DIG-T

56.5 mpg

44.3 mpg

Skoda Octavia

1.2 TSi 105

57.7 mpg

44.2 mpg

Skoda Rapid Spaceback

1.2 Tsi 86

55.4 mpg

44.1 mpg

Seat Toledo

1.2 TSi 85

55.4 mpg

43.1 mpg

Audi A3

1.4 TFSi

54.3 mpg

42.5 mpg



51.4 mpg

41.5 mpg


Official testing of mpg is due to be changed in 2017, but until then don’t believe everything the manufacturers tell you! 

The comments above do not necessarily reflect Rivervale's views unless clearly stated.

Car related news
23 April 2015
Written by Natalie Faughy
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