For around 50 per cent of us, our fuel of choice for our cars remains petrol. The ever-quickening pace in the development of petrol tech means it isn’t too far behind diesel in terms of efficiency, either.
So, which petrol cars are the best on sale today? We’ve put together a list of our favourite models for a range of occasions and budgets. Don’t forget to use our car configurator to get you the best deal on any of these peppy petrols.
For the lowest costs – Suzuki Celerio
The Suzuki Celerio is one of the most frugal petrols on sale – according to official figures it can achieve 78mpg – more than many diesels can manage. It’s cheap to buy and, compared to many cars in the class, offers a respectable amount of interior space. The 1.0-litre petrol doesn’t just sip fuel – buy one today and you won’t be paying any road tax, either.
For the best deals, use our Suzuki Celerio configurator to shave even more off the already small list price.
For around town – Fiat 500
The Fiat 500 is one of the most fun city cars going, especially when fitted with the fantastic Twin-air petrol engine. This 0.9-litre, twin-cylinder unit produces either 85hp or 105hp using a turbocharger to produce extra power, while still claiming to return 68.9mpg. For those looking for something a little different, the Twin-air combines the quirky style of the 500 with low fuel costs.
Use our Fiat 500 configurator to get the best deals, straight from the UK’s top Fiat dealers.
For B-road blasts – Volkswagen Golf R
There are dozens of hot-hatches that’ll give a fabulous driving experience down twisty lanes but, among the best is the Volkswagen Golf R. With a 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds, it’s proof you don’t need a huge engine to achieve seriously quick figures. For many drivers, the optional automatic gearbox will only add to the fun and, if you drive sensibly, the 2.0-litre engine is capable of over 40mpg. The Golf R is a car that’ll provide fantastic fun when you want it, and practicality when you need it.
Our Volkswagen Golf R configurator will find you savings, straight from the leading Volkswagen dealers.
For the SUV fans – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is one of a growing number of hybrid SUVs. It combines electric motors with a petrol engine and is capable of over 100mpg. It’ll be hard to get those figures in the real world but that’s still more than the equivalent diesel Outlander manages. You’ll also get £5,000 off the list-price, thanks to the Government grant for plug-in vehicles.
For pure opulence – Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe
The Rolls-Royce Phantom coupe is, for many, the definition of luxury. With underpinnings from the Phantom saloon, this is a stupendously large two-door car. Behind the rear-hinged doors, you’ll find an interior awash with only the finest materials. Under the bonnet, there’s an incredibly smooth V12 that produces 459hp. Suffice to say, it won’t be the cheapest to run but, if you can afford the humungous price-tag, you’ll probably be able to put petrol in it, too.
An incredible car, the Phantom Coupe can be yours for the hefty sum of £340,000. Read our full review if you’d like to know more.
For the one that’s good at everything – Ford Focus
If you want a petrol car that combines frugality with a great drive, look no further than the Ford Focus. The 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine offer might not sound very powerful, but its three cylinders manage to pump out 123hp. This is enough to propel you to 60mph from rest in 11 seconds – a mighty achievement for such a small engine. It’s certainly peppy enough when you want it to be but, when you’re just cruising, refinement is good, too.
The Focus is good value when compared to its rivals, but don’t forget to use our Ford Focus configurator to get you the best deals from the very best Ford dealers.
For the ultimate Grand Tourer – Aston Martin DB9
The Aston Martin DB9 isn’t the newest of faces, but it’s still one of the prettiest. The 510hp V12 powers it to a top speed of 183mph while the occupants are kept comfortable in the opulent cabin. It’s not for the faint of heat or shallow of wallet with running costs typical of a gigantic luxurious GT car.
To shave money off the £150,000 pricetag, use our Aston Martin DB9 configurator to get the best deals.
For off-road capability – Land Rover Discovery
For those who want born-and-bred four-wheel drive ability, look no further than the Land Rover Discovery. Most might opt for a diesel, but the 3.0-litre petrol V6 on offer is just as capable while offering more refinement. There’s more power than the diesels meaning you’ll have more oomph on the road. Off-road, things are just as good – the eight-speed automatic gearbox and supercharged torque will deal with almost all off-road excursions with minimal fuss.
If you like the look of this rugged off-roader, use our Land Rover Discovery configurator to get the best deals from leading dealers across the country.
For top-down fun – Mazda MX-5
The latest Mazda MX-5 offers fun in the sun for a small price. There’s a choice of two petrol engines – a 1.5-litre and a more expensive 2.0-litre. The 1.5-litre should be powerful enough to lug around the Mazda’s lightened body but the 2.0-litre offers 158hp resulting in fantastic, yet thrifty, performance. All models are well-equipped and, priced from £18,495, it offers great value for money.
Use our Mazda MX-5 configurator to get savings direct from the best Mazda dealers in the UK.
For the enthusiast – Morgan 3-Wheeler
Perhaps not something for everyday motoring, the Morgan 3-Wheeler will take you back in time. Taking inspiration from Morgans of old, power comes from a motorbike-derived vee-twin engine developing 80hp. Don’t let this modest figure fool you – the lack of bodywork makes up for any absence of power. The 0-60mph sprint can be done in around 6.0 seconds if you’re feeling brave…
Save money on your next petrol car
Petrol-powered or not, save money on your next new car – our car configurator will help you get the best deals. Check out our reviews section for a more in-depth look or, if you’re still having trouble choosing a new car, let our car chooser help you out.