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Top 100 Fuel Saving Cars

A fuel efficient car could save you more money than an illegal tax code.

A fuel efficient car could save you more money than an illegal tax code. So – before trying to save a few quid by cooking the books - let us consider the top ten best performers in the UK. Buying one of these, after all, will not risk the wrath of HMRC. Conclusions are based on the cost of fuel per-thousand miles assuming fuel priced at £6.31per-gallon. We are therefore only focusing on traditionally fuelled and petrol/electric hybrid vehicles. Fully electric cars feature on a separate tax return next to those 'questionably' claimed expenses.

Right, here we go. Counting down from ten ...The Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI CR GreenLine II 5dr averages 83.1 mpg at a cost of 7.87 pence per mile. Making their presence felt in our countdown by finishing ninth is the Citroen C3 1.4 e-HDi Airdream VTR+ 5dr EGS, with the same costs as the Fabia. Although not every one’s cup of tea, these neat cars are very easy to park and great for running around the City. In eigth place is the Smart Fortwo Cabrio CDI Passion 2dr Softouch Auto [2010], giving us 85.6 mpg at a cost of 7.64 pence per mile. With identical costs to the Smart Cabrio is the Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi [95] Edge ECOnetic II 3dr in seventh place and the Smart Fortwo Coupe CDI Pulse 2dr Softouch Auto [2010] In sixth.
Car Models
Coming in at fifth and fourth positions are the forth coming run-arounds The Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi Blue 5dr and the Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi 1 EcoDynamics 5dr with identical costs of 7.40 pence per mile and managing 88.3 mpg. Finishing the financial year third is the Toyota Prius 1.8 VVTi Plug-in 5dr CVT Auto managing 134 mpg with a cost of 4.71 pence per mile. Goodness... these car names are more complex than an HMRC “Easy Guide”.

That brings us to the Chevrolet Volt 5dr Auto and the Vauxhall Ampera Positiv 5dr Auto, which come second and first respectively. Whereas these are predominantly powered by electricity they have small traditional engines too. Running costs are therefore 235.4mpg which equates to only 2.68 pence per-mile. So, any tax relief for running a hot air balloon?
MakeModelDerivativeMPG CombinedFuel TypePrice per Mile (Pence)
1VAUXHALLAMPERAPositiv 5dr Auto235.4E2.68p
2CHEVROLETVOLT5dr Auto235.4E2.68p
3TOYOTAPRIUS1.8 VVTi Plug-in 5dr CVT Auto134X4.71p
4KIARIO1.1 CRDi 1 EcoDynamics 5dr88.3D7.40p
5HYUNDAII201.1 CRDi Blue 5dr88.3D7.40p
6SMARTFORTWO COUPECDI Pulse 2dr Softouch Auto [2010]85.6D7.64p
7FORDFIESTA1.6 TDCi [95] Edge ECOnetic II 3dr85.6D7.64p
8SMARTFORTWO CABRIOCDI Passion 2dr Softouch Auto [2010]85.6D7.64p
9CITROENC31.4 e-HDi Airdream VTR+ 5dr EGS83.1D7.87p
10SKODAFABIA1.2 TDI CR GreenLine II 5dr83.1D7.87p
11FORDFOCUS1.6 TDCi Edge ECOnetic 5dr [88g/km]83.1D7.87p
12PEUGEOT2081.4 e-HDi Access+ 3dr EGC83.1D7.87p
13VOLKSWAGENPOLO1.2 TDI Bluemotion 3dr80.7D8.10p
14FIATPUNTO1.3 Multijet 85 Easy 3dr80.7D8.10p
15SEATIBIZA1.2 TDI CR Ecomotive S 3dr [AC]80.7D8.10p
16TOYOTAYARIS1.5 VVT-i Hybrid T3 5dr CVT Auto80.7H7.82p
17RENAULTMEGANE1.5 dCi 110 Expression+ 5dr [Start Stop]80.7D8.10p
18VAUXHALLCORSA1.3 CDTi [95] ecoFLEX S 3dr [Start Stop]80.7D8.10p
19ALFA ROMEOMITO1.3 JTDM-2 85 Sprint 3dr80.7D8.10p
20CITROENDS31.6 e-HDi Airdream DStyle 3dr [95g/km]78.5D8.33p
21VOLVOC30D2 [115] ES 3dr [Start Stop]78.5D8.33p
22VOLVOV40D2 ES 5dr78.5D8.33p
23PEUGEOT5082.0 e-HDi Hybrid4 4dr EGC78.5Y8.33p
24CHEVROLETAVEO1.3 VCDi 95 LT Eco 5dr78.4D8.34p
25RENAULTCLIO1.5 dCi 88 eco2 Expression+ 3dr78.4D8.34p
26KIACEED1.6 CRDi 1 EcoDynamics 5dr76.3D8.57p
27HYUNDAII301.6 CRDi Blue Drive Classic 5dr76.3D8.57p
28FIAT5001.3 Multijet 95 Pop 3dr76.3D8.57p
29VAUXHALLASTRA1.7 CDTi 16V ecoFLEX ES 5dr [99g/km] [Start Stop]76.3D8.57p
30PEUGEOT30082.0 e-HDi Hybrid4 5dr EGC [99g/km]74.4Y8.78p
31BMW1 SERIES116d EfficientDynamics 5dr74.3D8.80p
32MINIHATCHBACK1.6 One D 3dr74.3D8.80p
33PEUGEOT3081.6 e-HDi 112 SR 5dr EGC74.3D8.80p
34CHRYSLERYPSILON1.3 M-Jet SE 5dr74.3D8.80p
35SKODAOCTAVIA1.6 TDI CR GreenLine II 5dr74.3D8.80p
36CITROENC41.6 e-HDi [110] Airdream VTR+ 5dr EGS674.3D8.80p
37AUDIA11.6 TDI SE 3dr74.3D8.80p
38CITROENDS52.0 HDi Hybrid4 Airdream DSign 5dr EGS74.3Y8.80p
39PEUGEOT2071.6 HDi 92 Oxygo 3dr74.3D8.80p
40AUDIA31.6 TDI SE 3dr74.3D8.80p
41SEATLEON1.6 TDI CR Ecomotive S Copa 5dr74.3D8.80p
42KIAPRO CEED1.6 CRDi 89 2 EcoDynamics 3dr72.4D9.03p
43MINICLUBMAN1.6 One D 5dr72.4D9.03p
44FIATPANDA1.3 Multijet Pop 5dr72.4D9.03p
45AIXAMCROSSOVERGTR 3dr Auto71.7P8.81p
46FORDB-MAX1.6 TDCi Titanium 5dr70.6D9.26p
47MINICONVERTIBLE1.6 Cooper D 2dr70.6D9.26p
48NISSANMICRA1.2 DiG-S Visia 5dr [AC]68.9P9.16p
49FORDKA1.3 TDCi Zetec 3dr [Start Stop]68.9D9.49p
50SEATMII1.0 Ecomotive 3dr68.9P9.16p
51FIATQUBO1.3 Multijet 95 Trekking 5dr68.9D9.49p
52RENAULTSCENIC1.5 dCi Dynamique TomTom 5dr [Start Stop]68.9D9.49p
53LEXUSCT200h 1.8 F-Sport 5dr CVT Auto68.9H9.16p
54BMW3 SERIES320d EfficientDynamics 4dr68.9D9.49p
55PEUGEOT508 RXH2.0 e-HDi Hybrid4 5dr EGC68.9Y9.49p
56VAUXHALLASTRA GTC1.7 CDTi 16V ecoFLEX 110 Sport 3dr68.9D9.49p
57SKODACITIGO1.0 MPI SE GreenTech 3dr68.9P9.16p
58VOLKSWAGENUP1.0 BlueMotion Tech Move Up 3dr68.9P9.16p
59RENAULTGRAND SCENIC1.5 dCi Dynamique TomTom 5dr [Start Stop]68.9D9.49p
60HONDAINSIGHT1.3 IMA HE Hybrid 5dr CVT68.9H9.16p
61TOYOTAPRIUS+1.8 VVTi T4 5dr CVT Auto68.9H9.16p
62VOLKSWAGENPASSAT1.6 TDI BlueMotion 4dr68.9D9.49p
63VAUXHALLMERIVA1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX S 5dr [Start Stop]68.9D9.49p
64FIATFIORINO1.3 Multijet 5dr [5 seat] Start Stop67.3D9.71p
65KIAPICANTO1.0 1 5dr67.3P9.38p
67HYUNDAII101.0 Blue 5dr67.3P9.38p
68MAZDA21.6D Sport 5dr67.3D9.71p
69NISSANNOTE1.5 [90] dCi Visia 5dr67.3D9.71p
70HONDACIVIC2.2 i-DTEC SE 5dr67.3D9.71p
71SKODAROOMSTER1.2 TDI CR GreenLine II 5dr67.3D9.71p
72SUZUKISWIFT1.3 DDiS SZ3 5dr67.3D9.71p
74VOLKSWAGENJETTA1.6 TDI CR Bluemotion Tech S 4dr67.3D9.71p
75VOLKSWAGENGOLF1.6 TDI 105 BlueMotion Tech S 5dr67.3D9.71p
76PEUGEOTBIPPER TEPEE1.3 HDi 75 S 5dr EGC67.2D9.73p
77MERCEDES-BENZE CLASSE300 BlueTEC Hybrid 4dr Auto65.7Y9.95p
78FORDMONDEO1.6 TDCi Eco Edge 5dr [Start Stop]65.7D9.95p
79HYUNDAII401.7 CRDi [115] Blue Drive Active 5dr65.7D9.95p
80VOLVOS60D2 [115] SE 4dr65.7D9.95p
81TOYOTAAYGO1.0 VVT-i + 3dr [AC]65.7P9.61p
82VOLKSWAGENGOLF PLUS1.6 TDI 105 BlueMotion Tech S 5dr65.7D9.95p
83MAZDA31.6d [115] Tamura 5dr65.7D9.95p
84AUDIA42.0 TDIe SE 4dr65.7D9.95p
85MINICOUPE2.0 Cooper S D 3dr65.7D9.95p
86NISSANPIXO1.0 Visia 5dr65.7P9.61p
87CITROENC11.0i VT 3dr65.7P9.61p
88VOLVOS80D3 [136] SE 4dr65.7D9.95p
89SUZUKIALTO1.0 SZ3 5dr65.7P9.61p
90VOLKSWAGENBEETLE1.6 TDi BlueMotion Tech 3dr65.7D9.95p
91PEUGEOT1071.0 Access 3dr65.7P9.61p
92VAUXHALLINSIGNIA2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX Exclusiv 5dr [Start Stop]65.7D9.95p
93AIXAMROADLINEGT 3dr Auto65D10.06p
94AIXAMCROSSLINEGT 3dr Auto65D10.06p
95HYUNDAIIX201.6 CRDi Blue Drive Active 5dr64.2D10.18p
96TOYOTAIQ1.0 VVT-i 3dr64.2P9.84p
98AUDIA52.0 TDIe 136 5dr [5 Seat]64.2D10.18p
99KIAVENGA1.6 CRDi EcoDynamics 3 5dr64.2D10.18p
100ALFA ROMEOGIULIETTA1.6 JTDM-2 Turismo 5dr64.2D10.18p

* We have selected the highest MPG model from each range. Each model can only appear once in the list. There may be multiple versions of each make and model that do more miles per gallon than cars higher up in the list, this is a representative sample. You can view the MPG of each individual model in our research section.


I don't know why people bang on about it being lab tests therefore irrelevant... They're all put through the same lab tests, so it's a benchmark nonetheless. Yes factors will change the mpg achieved but what do you expect them to do? lol Shall we complain that we can't get the 0-62mph times when going up a mountain?

It's not practical to test on real roads as too many variables. Lab tests give comparable results under perfect conditions eg not even any air resistance. I drive a 1.35 Mazda 2 and I get better mpg in town than I do on the motorway as the small engine revs high at 70mph. I will be buying a bigger engined car next time.

Electric cars don't just use petrol, you have to charge them up with electricity - is the cost of the electricity included in these figures - electricity isn't free you know!

Disregard the official figures, and think about how you drive. Personally I get better mpg from a larger diesel with more torque and a broader rev range ( 2 litre vw, 54mpg ), than a smaller less flexible diesel (1.3 litre vauxhall, 45mpg ), same roads and conditions.

Be very careful, take manufacturers figures with a large pinch of salt. I have just bought a Kia Cee'd 4 which is claimed to achieve 65.7mpg combined. I have averaged 44.8 with less than half the mileage on shorter trips.

Thanks for putting this together. It is fine for the high miles person, but the cost of motoring for those with much fewer miles is also important and we are big car buyers too. Factors like depreciation then become critical or reliability/repairs for older cars. All the more so because cars these days are less accessible for DIY even if that is your forte.

I've run VW's and Skodas with the 1.4tdi engine for years but just bought a Skoda Citigo 1.0 (non green line). £8000 with some options fitted. Boot is bigger than you think and average mpg of 60mpg is a great.

I would love to see a car 'actually' get anywhere near 200+miles per gallon. I think these 'virtual' numbers in reality are more like 65/70 mpg.

Trouble is the initial cost of the car!!! i have driven the Ampers - absolutely fantastic, but at over 35K out of the reach of most of us, and won't be available 2nd hand for years. It would help if the retail price was included in this table. I'm available for any trials!!!!!!

Cheap motoring for first user in warranty.But out of warranty,the emmission reducing gadgets will be crippling financially.

I drive a 2005 Audi A2 1.4 TDI with 104000 miles on the clock. It's regularly serviced and can still get between 50-60 mpg from it. Cheap to run, quality build what more could I want.

I drive an Mercede B class Diesel Auto 07 reg the manufacturer mpg is 50.1 on the motorway. If i drive slow I get 59.8 mpg. But on a busy day when I rush I get any thing between 44.5-48.5

The reason I changed to a Passat 1.6 Blue Moton was exactly this, efficiency, 68.9mpg, Amazing..... except I'm lucky if I get 48mpg and my mileage is mainly motorway. Manufacturers claims are bogus and should be independently verified on real roads

What a great idea, this is very useful information. I have been extremely pleased with my Kia Rio it is a great small car , fun to drive and very economical.