With the cost of running a car forever increasing, most drivers will try to run the most economical car they can, and one of the ways we all try to do that is by reducing our fuel consumption.
When deciding on the size of car we may want to purchase, most people will look at the miles per gallon (mpg), as an indicator of how economical a car will be. Although mpg claims are based on a car being run in a factory setting, and as long as you don’t expect to get the same mpg as claimed in the brochure, the mpg rating will allow you to compare one make, or model against another.
What we thought we would do here at sourcemycar.co.uk is make things bit easier, and list the most fuel efficient cars you can buy in the UK.
We have not included full electric cars, and hybrid cars, but stuck to just conventional engine cars based on their mpg
The top cars to consider are,
- Peugeot 308 HDi with 91.1 mpg
- Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion at 88.3 mpg
- Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi with 88.3 mpg
- Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi – 88.3 mpg
- Skoda Octavia Greenline – 88.3 mpg
- Renault Clio 1.5 dCi – 88.3 mpg
- Ford Fiesta Econetic – 85.6 mpg
- Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi – 85.6 mpg
- Citroen C3 1.4 e-HDi Airdream – 83.1 mpg
- Ford Focus ECOnetic – 83.1
The Most Economical Car: Points to Consider
As most of you will already know, the smaller diesel cars tend to have higher mpg, but if you have a growing family they are not going to be the best option. As well as looking at the mpg you also need to take in to consideration how you use your car, and how many people you usually carry in it.
You will also need to consider what sort of driving you tend to do. If you do a lot of motorway driving, or cover large distances a small petrol engine driven car may not be the best option.
If you don’t cover long distances a small petrol engined car could be the right choice for you. Diesel cars may give more mpg but they can be more expensive to buy, and they can be costly to fill up.
The most important point to consider though, when buying any car, is to make sure that you do not spend more than you can afford. This is especially the case when using a finance deal to purchase a car.
If you do not have any other option than to take out a finance deal to purchase a vehicle, before signing anything, make sure that you sit down and work out how much you can realistically afford to pay back each month.
Work out your finances carefully, and a good rule of thumb is to not include any extra money you earn from working extra shifts or overtime. This will protect you if your extra hours are reduced or withdrawn.
Taking time to decide on the size of car you need, and how much you can realistically afford will go a long way to helping you make the right decision.