There are some great cars out there that’ll not only put a smile on your face in the corners but will help you save money at the pumps, too. We’ve drawn up a list of the 10 most fuel efficient sports cars to help you pick your perfect new car.
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1. SEAT Leon SC TDI – 68.9mpg
Taking the top spot on our list is the SEAT Leon SC. This handsome hatchback not only features striking looks but – if you choose an FR model with a 2.0-litre diesel engine – can return more than 68mpg.
This frugal-yet-peppy 181hp engine can power the Leon SC from 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds thanks, in part, to an excellent DSG automatic gearbox. Once you’ve finished on the backroads this is one hot hatch that’ll be happy to settle into a comfortable and quiet motorway cruise, too.
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2. Mercedes C220d Coupe – 68.9mpg
The Mercedes C-Class Coupe matches the Leon SC for fuel economy – despite its bulkier body – but offers a more luxurious alternative to the boisterous Spanish hot hatch. Its elegant design and stylish interior make it one of the most desirable executive coupes on the market.
Its 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine can not only return 68.9mpg but will launch this swoopy coupe from 0-62mph in just 7.8 seconds. The optional nine-speed automatic gearbox is a dream to use and its suspension strikes an excellent balance between sporty handling and a comfortable ride.
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3. Audi TT TDI – 67.3mpg
The striking Audi TT is a compact coupe that boasts fun handling and – when fitted with a frugal 2.0-litre diesel engine – excellent fuel economy. This 181hp unit will not only return 67.3mpg but can power the TT from 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds.
The latest model sports new angular bodywork and an upmarket interior with numerous sporty touches, plush materials and exceptional build quality. Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit system – a high-definition digital display in place of traditional analogue dials – is fitted as standard, too.
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4. BMW 2 Series 218d – 65.7mpg
The BMW 2 Series delivers a tempting combination of sporty handling and – in 218d guise – impressive fuel economy, too. An efficient 2.0-litre diesel engine helps this stylish coupe return as much 65.7mpg.
It might not be the fastest 2 Series available – that honour goes to the raucous M2 – but the 218d can sprint from 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds and on to a 132mph top speed. It’s punchy enough to enjoy the odd B-road blast and has easily enough grunt to cruise comfortably at motorway speeds.
Read our BMW 2 Series review for more details.
5. Mercedes SLC 250d – 63mpg
The Mercedes SLC replaces the old SLK but retains the same 2.1-litre diesel engine. As a result, this stylish german drop-top can return an impressive 63mpg. It isn’t the most refined engine on the market but it’ll still sprint you from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds.
It might not be the most modern two-seater on sale but this compact cabriolet is just as at home winding down country lanes as it is cruising on the motorway. As an added bonus, the SLC comes with a stylish interior and a folding metal roof as standard.
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6. VW Scirocco TDI – 54.2mpg
The VW Scirocco TDI features the same high-quality interior and sporty body shape as its petrol siblings but comes with a more fuel efficient 2.0-litre diesel engine. Its 181hp unit is able to return a respectable 54.2mpg and power this sleek three-door to 62mph from rest in 7.3 seconds.
A quick-shifting DSG automatic gearbox makes the Scirocco feel even more sporty but is only available as a £1,500 optional extra. It might not be as roomy inside as a VW Golf GTD but its curvy three-door body makes the Scirocco more practical than many two-door sports cars on our list.
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7. Mazda MX-5 1.5 – 47mpg
The Mazda MX-5 is a small, sprightly sports car that boasts excellent handling and handsome looks. Its small engine and lightweight chassis mean it’s both fast and fuel efficient – the lower-powered 1.5-litre model can reach 62mph from rest in 8.5 seconds and return a decent 47mpg.
It might not be the fastest car on the market but, with the roof folded away and a winding country road at your disposal, it’ll certainly be quick enough to put a huge smile on your face. It’s also one of the cheapest cars on our list – entry-level versions will set you back just £18,495.
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8. Lotus Elise – 45mpg
The Lotus Elise’s lightweight chassis and compact dimensions help it offer a tempting blend of nimble performance and decent fuel economy. Its 1.6-litre engine can power it to 62mph from rest in just six seconds while returning a respectable 45mpg.
To help it weigh just 876kg, the Elise’s cabin has been stripped down to just the bare essentials – you won’t find a fancy infotainment system or massage seats in this British roadster. Unfortunately, this back-to-basics approach isn’t reflected in the asking price – even entry-level cars will set you back more than £30,000.
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9. BMW Z4 sDrive18i – 42mpg
The BMW Z4 conforms to the traditional sports car design philosophy – engine at the front, driver in the middle and rear-wheel drive. It blends decent handling with excellent ride quality and – in sDrive 18i spec – good fuel economy, too.
It can’t quite match the likes of the Porsche Boxster for excitement or driving involvement but, crucially, it undercuts many rivals in terms of price – entry-level cars could set you back less than £30,000.
The Z4 is due to be replaced by an all-new model in 2017. Read our dedicated BMW Z5 price, specs and release date article for full details.
10. Porsche 911 Carrera 2 – 34mpg
The Porsche 911 is undoubtedly the quickest car on our list. In Carrera 2 spec, this timeless two-door can leap from 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds. Its 370hp 3.0-litre flat-six engine is not only more powerful than previous generations but, thanks to two turbochargers, it’s more efficient, too.
If you’ve enough willpower to go easy on the accelerator you could eek out 34mpg, too – impressive for a car capable of reaching 180mph. Such performance will cost you more than any other car here, however – even the cheapest 911 will set you back nearly £77,000.
Read our full Porsche 911 review for more details.
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