In 2012, What Car? reported that new cars were 18 percent more efficient than the average car. This is a great consideration now that petrol is so monstrously expensive: between £6 and £7 a gallon. A study of 132 countries over a 13-year period by the Australian National University found that people drive less and purchase more fuel-efficient cars when petrol costs more, although you had perhaps worked that one out for yourself.
While there are many lists of the most fuel-efficient cars in circulation, perhaps the most authoritative is by the Daily Telegraph, the newspaper of the British ruling class, which examined only hybrids. These cars all produce less than 100 grammes of CO2 per km, and so are free of car tax.
The Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI Greenline II
The Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI Greenline II is well made, cleanly-styled, comfortable and provides good value. It’s more practical, being available as either a hatchback or estate. It has earned a reputation for reliability. It looks sleeker than previous models. The engine can be petrol or diesel. The car is competent and comfortable rather than downright entertaining to drive. Fuel consumption is 83.1mpg while emissions are 89g/km. The car costs £9,999. You can find further detail of Skodas on Carsales.
The Peugeot 208 1.4 e-HDi 70 EGC
There was a time when eco-cars were unattractive, but that is well and truly behind us, as evidenced by the Peugeot 208 1.4 e-HDi 70 EGC. This is a supermini with the style of a sharp compact. The 208′s milage is 83.1mpg and it emits 87g/km, with the stop-start system reducing exhaust emissions.. It costs £13,555. There is more about the Peugot 208s on Carsales.
The Citroen C3 e-HDi 70 Airdream EGS
The Citroen C3 e-HDi 70 Airdream EGS features the C3′s famous panoramic Zenith windscreen. Few superminis can absorb bumps as well as the Airdream, but many offer better handling. This car is very comfortable. Milage is 88.3mpg while emissions are 87g/km. Diesel is used. The Airdream costs £15,290.
The Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi Econetic
The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling car in the United Kingdom. Automatic start-stop has been introduced to the Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi Econetic, the first time this has occurred with the Fiesta. This is the favourite supermini of Autocar. The Fiesta used to achieve 78.5mpg but now manages 85.6mpg, and used to emit 95g/km but now emits only 87g/km. This vehicle costs £14,445.
The Smart Fortwo Coupe 54bhp Cdi
The Smart Fortwo Coupe 54bhp Cdi. Photo: cyanopolis
The Smart Fortwo Coupe 54bhp CDi is like Marmite, eliciting sneers from many while retaining a devoted following. It’s certainly the smallest car on sale in the United States, and presumably also in the United Kingdom. Owners can park in places other drivers wouldn’t even consider. It runs on diesel, and running costs are low. It’s perfect if you never venture outside a city, but struggles at higher speeds. It runs on diesel and achieves 85.6mpg while emitting 86g/km of CO2. Your rulers likely believe this to be the most fuel-efficient hybrid around, and the numbers bear this out.