Best Economical 4x4’s
With fuel prices at the highest you may think a smaller greener car could save you plenty of cash
With fuel prices at the highest you may think a smaller greener car could save you plenty of cash. You may also think in order to keep running costs down you need to steer clear of 4x4’s but that may necessarily be the case. There is a selection of cheap to run 4x4’s on the market and the Hyundai ix35 2.0 CRDi Style 4WD is one. The 2.0-litre CRDi four-wheel drive model has low CO2 emissions and returns 49.6mpg. The Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi Zetec is another choice with its agility off road and chunky looks. The Ford Kuga emits just 159g/km of Co2. The four wheel drive returns approximately 47.1mpg.
Chevrolet has launched a new compact MPV the Chevrolet Orlando. It is available with a 1.8 litre petrol engine or two new powerful diesel derivatives. The diesel engine models offer a combined mpg figure of 47.1 mpg with co2 emissions of 159g/km. Prices start from £16,395 on the road and the Chevrolet Orlando also benefits from best-in-class insurance group ratings and no other seven-seat MPV can match the 1.8-litre petrol model’s 10E T1 classification.
The Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4Motion is a neatly styled and well equipped 4x4 powered by impressive engines. A cleaner BlueMotion version is available but only comes with two-wheel drive. If you opt for the four-wheel drive diesel choice running costs are still reasonable. Co2 emissions are approximately 164g/km and it can achieve 44.8mpg.