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Cars are becoming increasingly more economical. With the price at the pumps soaring to record highs, a more fuel-efficient car is desirable. Low CO2 emissions also mean lower road tax, and better still free road tax with tax band A cars. Adrian Flux Insurance Services give the low down on some of the most economical cars that will make other drivers ‘green’ with envy, especially as they all qualify for free road tax.
- Smart Fortwo cdi – 86g/km CO2
Probably the most economical car on the market in Britain, the Smart Fortwo cdi diesel, averages an incredible 85.6mpg and super-low CO2 emissions of 86g/km. The downside is it only seats two and it is not the fastest or most attractive car on sale. But if economy is what you’re after it definitely tops the list.
- Toyota Prius T3 – 89g/km
The Toyota Prius T3 is the third-generation of the Prius eco petrol-electric hybrid car. The Prius T3 averages 72.4mpg and emits just 89g/km CO2. The Prius is not only more aesthetically pleasing than the Smart car but also has a more spacious interior. Worth losing some mpg and adding 3g/km Co2?….. Perhaps.
- Toyota Auris Hybrid – 89g/km
The Toyota Auris HSD Hybrid is a British-built alternative to the Toyota Prius. This petrol-electric hybrid has a 136bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine that combines with a hybrid battery pack. It averages 74.3mpg and has CO2 emissions of just 89g/km.
- Skoda Fabia Greenline – 89g/km
The Skoda Fabia Greenline averages 83.1mpg and emits only 89g/km CO2. With five seats and five doors it may be worth trading in 2.5mpg on the Smart car for an economical family car and better looks.
- Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion – 91g/km
Volkswagen’s Polo 1.2 TDi Bluemotion utilises the same TDi diesel engine as the Skoda. It’s not quite as economical, but 80.7mpg and 91g/km CO2 is nothing to be sniffed at.
- SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive – 92g/km
The SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive has the same 80.7mpg as the VW and is overall very similar, apart from an extra 1g/km CO2 emissions. The 1.2 TDI CR Ecomotive S has an engine capacity of 1199 and 74bhp. It can go from 0-62mph in 13.9 seconds.
- Lexus CT 200h – 94g/km
The petrol-electric hybrid, Lexus CT 200h is both stylish to look at and economical. It has an average fuel economy of 69mpg and emits just 94g/km CO2.
- Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi 95 Stop/Start – 94g/km
The Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi 95 supermini has a 95bhp, 1.3-litre diesel engine. It produces just 94g/km CO2 emissions and has an average fuel economy of 80.7mpg.
- Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir – 95g/km
The Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir has a two-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. Driven with care it rewards you with 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of just 95g/km.
- Fiat Punto Evo 1.3 MultiJet 85 Eco – 95g/km
The 1.3-litre Fiat Punto Evo MultiJet turbodiesel can average over 78mpg, which makes it the most fuel-efficient Punto to date. CO2 emissions have also been reduced down to 95g/km.